Why You Shouldn’t be Scared of Going to the Dentist (Sedation Dentistry)

Although dentistry has changed so much in the past years, for so many Americans, going to the dentist is a frightful event.  A visit to the dentist should be relaxing and comfortable.  Unfortunately, approximately 145 million people still avoid the dentist due to fear.

With oral conscious sedation, you don’t need to be afraid of going to the dentist anymore.  Special training in sedation will allow a dentist to treat people in a relaxed state of mind.  The first step is assessing your health history including age, weight, current medications, and a number of other factors.  Using this information the dentist can then determine the exact dose of medication to administer orally.  The patient can then have their dental care accomplished while totally relaxed and comfortable.  While under sedation the patient’s vital signs are constantly monitored.  The doctor’s assistants will do everything possible to keep the patient comfortable while they are sedated.

There are many reasons why 50% of the population put dental care at the bottom of the healthcare list.  Some people are extremely fearful while others have suffered bad experiences in the past.  Other people just need extensive care and don’t have time to make numerous trips to the dentist.  Sedation dentistry can solve all of these problems.

The goal of conscious sedation is to create a relaxed, comfortable, and safe experience for the patient with little or no anxiety.  The patient will be drowsy, and unaware of the time passing by.  A specially trained assistant will monitor you continually throughout the appointment.  The big plus:  Your dental makeover can be accomplished in one visit, with little or no memory of the experience!

Dentistry is very advanced today with all sorts of gadgets that get the job done better and quicker, but now with anxiety-free dentistry, the gap can be bridged between technology and comfort.  Wake up to a new, beautiful smile.  Try sedation dentistry today!

~Thu-Nga H. Ortega, D.D.S.



Fairfax Medical Center. 10721 Main Street, Suite 2200. Fairfax, VA 22030.
Office: (703)-352-3900, Fax: (703) 352-2048

About Thu-Nga Ortega, DDS, MAGD

General, cosmetic and geriatric dentist in Fairfax, Virginia. I believe in providing the most conservative dental care in the most comfortable setting. My care for my patients is my utmost importance. I have been a dentist for over 24 years and was the founder and CEO of Dental Cosmetix. Here conservative dentistry yields the most beautiful and health smiles. I have been awarded the FAGD (Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2007) and then the MAGD ( Master of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2017). I am skilled in providing all facets of dentistry so patients can have all procedures done in one office without being sent to other office for other treatments.
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