Center for Dental Anesthesia Has A Solution For Dental Anxiety

Oral Conscious SedationAt the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we understand that some people have severe anxiety when they go to the dentist. With sedation dentistry, it is possible to relax during a checkup instead of being tense and fearful.

In some cases, people with dental anxiety avoid dentist appointments altogether. This, in turn, puts their dental health at risk.

You may want to consider sedation dentistry if you have any of the following issues:

  • Strong gag reflex
  • Fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A history of negative dental experiences
  • Trouble controlling body movement due to Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy or related condition
  • Need extensive dental treatment requiring lengthy dental visits

If you have avoided dental treatment due to any of these reasons, schedule an appointment with the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria. Sedation dentistry is our specialty. We offer a wide range of services, from family dentistry to special needs dentistry. Call our office today!

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Afraid Of The Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Afraid of the Dentist? Your Alexandria Sedation Dentist Can HelpIf you experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment, sedation dentistry from the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria is for you.

Sedation dentistry is completely safe and very popular for anyone coping with dental anxiety.

Though it may sound impossible, with sedation dentistry, patients can actually relax during dental visits. In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is great for alleviating anxiety, and can be effective for treating or working with the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Fear of needles
  • A powerful gag reflex
  • Difficulty in controlling body movement
  • Lengthy multi-procedure visits
  • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections

If you or a loved one is coping with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry from the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria may be just what you need. Our services include wide range of family dentistry procedures. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Keeping You Comfortable

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At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we mean more than physical comfort. We mean peace of mind, which may include sedation dentistry.

1. We don’t judge you. We have devoted our careers to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.

We are here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental trouble. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. We are a leader in sedation dentistry.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might think. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some individuals get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

Sedation dentistry not only assists in pain management, it allows you to relax through your appointment. We can review the different levels of sedation so you can select the one that is best for you.

4. We communicate with you.
 Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give the Center for Dental Anesthesia a try. Neglecting your oral health has serious consequences. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Overcoming Anxiety With Gentle Dental At Center for Dental Anesthesia

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Dental anxiety and the more severe dental phobia influence many people, including some of our patients at the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria. This post answers some questions asked about this important topic.

What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety and dental phobia?
The most harmful consequence is when a dental phobic patient delays dental care until a pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the problem is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.

Furthermore, there are usually many other dental troubles in varying stages of progression. Many oral conditions eventually cause malfunction in other vital systems risking general health and well-being.

There is also another anxiety at play, albeit a very ironic one. In addition to the emotional distress about dental treatment, the patient who avoids dental care starts panicking about the sorry condition of their teeth.

If I have dental phobia or anxiety, what should I do to safeguard my oral health?

Schedule an appointment with us. There are several distinct fears associated with dental anxiety and dental phobia. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most prevalent concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your distinct fears, discuss them, and determine a course of action.

IV Sedation
At the Center for Dental Anesthesia, we provide IV sedation. As its name implies, its is a sedative administered intravenously. Sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry or twilight dentistry, it produces a sleep-like effect. However, you will remain awake throughout your procedure. Most patients are even able to respond to any questions we put to them, although due to its amnesic effect, they don’t remember any of it.

IV sedation enables people with strong dental anxiety or phobia to get through their procedure so they get the dental care they need. Note that because it is so strong, you will need to have a ride home afterward, and someone to keep an eye on you for the rest of the day.

To learn more about sedation dentistry from the Center for Dental Anesthesia, please give our office a call. We also provide family dentistry, and many other dental services.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Keeping Patients Calm

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Are you or a family member apprehensive about going to the dentist? Have you neglected going to the dentist because of this, and fear the amount of work that might need to be carried out? Sedation dentistry from the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria might be just what you need.

If your past or current situation is causing a lot of nervousness, there are options available to calm your fear and reduce (or completely eliminate) your pain with the required services. Sedation dentistry (sometimes called sleep dentistry) has helped countless people calmly undergo dental treatment. It is not an experimental procedure but has been used safely in various forms since the 1800s.

There is a big difference between topical analgesics and sedation. Analgesics help numb the gums and nerves connected with your teeth so you don’t feel the pain. Sedation dentistry impacts the nervous system to induce a feeling of peace and relaxation.

Our practice offers several sedation options. You may choose to be minimally sedated, where you are reserved but still awake, or select general anesthesia, which renders you completely unconscious. Together, these two solutions dramatically improve the treatment experience for patients suffering from dental anxiety, a very common condition.

Regardless of the type and level of sedation you decide to use, we proceed with patience and understanding. Sedation assists in making your dental visit peaceful so you can treat all of your dental troubles and restore your health.

Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria is committed to sedation dentistry and oral health. Our services also include family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Worried About Dental Visits?

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Are you among the millions of Americans coping with dental anxiety? The dentists at the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA are here to help.

1. Consider what the anxiety stems from. For example: pain, injections, loss of control, personal space invasion, embarrassment about fear of the unknown.
2. Communicate these fears and concerns with your dentist.
3. Expect respectful consideration and open discussion about resolving issues of concern.

Fear of pain is a natural human response. Not knowing what the process will entail can be scary. Allowing Center for Dental Anesthesia to professionally address your concerns today makes tomorrow’s visits manageable for both parties.

We provide exceptional expertise in many areas of dentistry. Education, training, and certifications are important to our office conduct.

Please don’t let the unknown keep you from receiving the quality dental care that will ensure a healthy smile. We have answers for your dental questions.  You will appreciate your healthy, beautiful smile long after you forget the anxiety of the dental treatment. Knowledge brings power to anyone afraid of dental care.

At The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, we help patients with dental phobia, and provide sedation dentistry to get you through any dental procedure. We are also one of the few practices to offer special needs dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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Today’s article is for individuals who are discouraged because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their oral health. The dentists at the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA encourage you to keep trying, and assure you that we’re eager to help.

Keep Trying To Floss

Many individuals are faithful about brushing and believe that it makes up for lack of flossing. This is a misconception. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from the gumline. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, lead to tooth loss.

We encourage everyone to make it a habit to floss correctly every day. If you are not sure how to floss correctly, any one of the dental hygienists at Center for Dental Anesthesia would be happy to teach you.

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups can have dangerous, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. Severe cavities or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential dangers.

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. Dental anxiety affects a significant portion of the population. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage it so you can undergo an exam and any necessary services. Talk to us if you or a family member suffers from dental anxiety. Center for Dental Anesthesia delivers sedation and other help for distressed patients.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is just as detrimental for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to stop the practice, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the troubles caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.

Many smokers do not overcome the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than present users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!

The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA provides family dentistry and many other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Sedation Dentistry In Alexandria For Kids And Parents

Sedation Dentistry In Alexandria For Kids And Parents

At Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we know that many children are afraid of going to the dentist. We want to make your child’s first visit to our practice a positive experience. Regular check-ups are an essential part of dental health.

Virginia parents can follow these guidelines to help prepare their child for a dental visit.

  1. Talk about the exam with your child. Answer any questions with uncomplicated answers.
  2. Don’t share your bad dental experiences with your child.
  3. Don’t imply that the exam will be painful.
  4. Help your child understand that this is an important part of staying healthy.
  5. Don’t offer a reward for visiting the dentist.

It is important for parents to make sure they aren’t anxious about Alexandria dental visits because children can sense their stress.

At Center for Dental Anesthesia our professional, friendly staff can calm the nerves of a fearful child and help them have a gentle dental experience.

If you or your Alexandria child has had a bad dental experience or is unable to stay calm while visiting the dentist, ask us about sedation dentistry. We want all of our patients to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible while receiving excellent dental care.

For simple dental procedures topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing oral sensation. If you require more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are safe solutions.

Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria also family and special needs dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Do Whitestrips Work? Teeth Whitening in Alexandria

Do Whitestrips Work in Alexandria? If you’ve visited the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store lately, you’ve probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. Over-the-counter whitening products can give you good results. But professional-grade whitening by the Center for Dental Anesthesia goes far beyond any commercial product.

These products include:

Whitening Rinses
Whitening rinses kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque, the way mouthwash does. Whitening rinses, however, contain whitening ingredients mouthwashes lack. Users are supposed to take a mouthful and slosh it around on the teeth. Many people don’t notice a lightening of their teeth, probably because the rinse does not touch them long enough to truly whiten them.

Whitening Strips
The whitening strips you can buy in grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. They contain a bleaching agent, but it’s much less potent than what is used in dental offices.

Another issue is that they don’t whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. Though it is possible to remove stains, it can take months to see any real results. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen a professional system.

Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with whitening gels is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is likely to slide off.

If you are serious about whitening your teeth, the most effective way is to have it done professionally. The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria provides teeth whitening, along with other cosmetic dentistry like porcelain veneers and dental implants. We also have several sedation dentistry options. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Sedation Dentistry At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria

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At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we pride ourselves in giving patients the information and services they need, which sometimes includes sedation dentistry.

When patients are in need of a filling or a crown, we take the time to explain the treatment and why it needs to be done. We also explain how to care for your teeth post-procedure.

We’re sensitive to the fact that as many as twenty percent of Americans have dental anxiety. Some may worry about injections or pain, other about the side effects of anesthesia, or a sense of helplessness and loss of control.

If any of those issues trouble you, and you’ve put off seeing the dentist, please understand that we are here to help. Your dental health is vital to your overall health. If you suffer from dental anxiety, consider the sedation options offered by the Center for Dental Anesthesia.

The truth is that for some patients, a numbing agent like novocaine isn’t enough. We offer several options. IV Sedation, sometimes referred to as conscious sedation, does not put you completely under. But it makes you less aware of what’s going on during your procedure. As its name suggests, IV sedation is given intravenously by a qualified professional.

We also offer general anesthesia. This is administered with prescription medications, and will put you completely out. You will feel no pain or anxiety at all. We never want any of our patients to experience that.

The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria provides a wide range of services, from family to cosmetic dentistry. We also offer special needs dentistry. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311