Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Village Dentistry of Leesburg

Cosmetic Dentists & Periodontists located in Leesburg, VA

For some, just the thought of going to the dentist can cause anxiety. Dr. Shahla Ranjbar can put nervous patients at ease with sedation dentistry. If you’ve put off going to the dentist out of fear, you can get the proper dental care you need at Village Dentistry of Leesburg. Give the Leesburg, Virginia, clinic a call to discuss your options for sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

Village Dentistry of Leesburg


How does sedation dentistry work?

Sedation dentistry involves medication to help you relax during dental procedures, especially if you have a severe phobia of going to the dentist or a low pain tolerance. Unless you’re under general anesthesia, you'll be awake during sedation dentistry. Your level of consciousness depends on the type and level of sedation Dr. Ranjbar uses. The types include:

Inhaled minimal sedation

Dr. Ranjbar can use nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to lower dental anxiety. She can control the amount of laughing gas she gives you, so the effects differ. Because laughing gas leaves your system quickly, you can drive after your procedure.

Oral sedation

An oral sedative can help calm your nerves. The medication makes you drowsy, but you still maintain consciousness. This is the most common type of sedation used in dentistry.

IV sedation

During IV sedation dentistry, Dr. Ranjbar administers a sedative drug through an IV, which has an immediate effect. This type of sedation also allows for on-the-spot dosage adjustments.

Deep sedation

Under deep sedation, you’ll likely fall asleep, but, unlike with general anesthesia, you’ll stay in a state where Dr. Ranjbar can readily wake you up.

General anesthesia

This type of anesthesia leaves you completely sedated. In your unconscious state, Dr. Ranjbar can’t wake you until the medication wears off.

What procedures can I be sedated for?

If your fear of the dentist prevents you from getting proper dental care, you may request sedation for almost any dental procedure. Dental sedation is common for:

  • Wisdom teeth extraction
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Root canals
  • Cosmetic treatments
  • Crowns

How safe is sedation dentistry?

Sedation is considered very safe. Anesthesia always carries a slight risk of causing an adverse reaction in certain men and women. Patients who are obese or have sleep apnea should get clearance from their doctor before being sedated.

Sedation dentistry is safest when performed by a trained professional, such as Dr. Ranjbar. She goes over your medical history and medications to make sure sedation is appropriate for you. She also covers the risks involved so you can make an informed choice.

During the procedure, she monitors you closely, and she has oxygen and medication on-hand to reverse sedation if necessary.

Sedation dentistry sometimes causes minor, temporary side effects, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion and cognitive interruptions
  • Chills and shivering

If dental work makes you anxious, explore your options for sedation dentistry by calling Dr. Ranjbar’s office.