Is dental anxiety or fear keeping you from seeking periodontal and implant care? An estimated 93 million Americans experience some level of dental fear, many of whom miss out on getting the treatment they need for a healthy, attractive smile. Our caring team understands that you may have fears or worries over periodontal and implant procedures. Whether you need gum disease treatment, dental implants or something in between, we offer a variety of sedation treatments from IV sedation to complete general anesthesia administered by board-certified anesthesiologist to quell any dental anxiety standing in your way. Dr. Garrett Gouldin and Dr. Francisco Carlos are both IV sedation certified and highly skilled at assisting Falls Church, VA, patients in choosing the appropriate sedation solution for their needs.
At Northern Virginia Periodontics, we place your comfort and safety as the highest pinnacle of care. To allow our specialists to focus solely on your procedure, especially full arch implant cases, we often partner with Medical Director and board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Teresa Lee Roberts and her group, Anesthesia Connections Dental, L.L.C., for IV sedation and general anesthesia services. Dr. Roberts and her team have vast experience in healthcare and are committed to providing safe IV sedation and general anesthesia administration and monitoring of vitals throughout your procedure. Anesthesia Connections Dental, L.L.C., employ highly credentialed anesthesiologists who are passionate about helping patients get the comfortable care they need, without having to worry about fear or anxiety.
Inhaled before and during your procedure, nitrous oxide is a clear, odorless gas that induces a sense of calm and euphoria. The effects of nitrous dissipate as soon as the gas is stopped, leaving you able to perform normal daily functions immediately following your visit.
Oral sedation involves taking a prescription sedative medication one hour before your scheduled treatment time. While under oral sedation, you generally feel relaxed, uncaring about your procedure and possibly a little drowsy. Because the effects take several hours to wear off, we require having a companion drive you to and from your visit.
Administered intravenously, IV sedation leaves you with little-to-no memory of your procedure, though you are still able to respond to our instructions. IV sedation is ideal for moderate to severe anxiety or when more complex care is needed. The effects of IV sedation do linger, and you will need an adult to accompany you to and from your appointment.
Typically reserved for severe dental phobia or when multiple procedures are necessary, general anesthesia completely renders you unconscious and unresponsive. Our board certified anesthesiologist uses a combination of inhalation and intravenously administered sedative medications to induce a deep sleep, and ensures your safety while under general anesthesia.
Local anesthetic is a numbing agent we administer in treatment areas that blocks pain receptors within the gums, teeth and bone. We often combine local anesthetic with sedation options to provide total relaxation and prevent discomfort.
Our goal is to make sure you receive the best possible care in order to reach proper dental health. As part of this effort, we partner with Dr. Teresa Lee Roberts, a physician anesthesiologist, board certified by the American Board of Anesthesia to deliver anesthesia services in hospitals as well as in-office settings. In some cases, patients require tailored care due to pre-existing conditions or complications that arise during treatment.
Anesthesiologists, like Dr. Roberts, are the respected and go-to resource for these cases in hospital settings. Whether complications arise or not, studies have shown that when there is one provider solely responsible for anesthesia and the other on the procedure, outcomes are more successful. We agree and we know that it is simply not possible to devote 100% of our time to both the most minimally invasive and efficient periodontal care as well as monitoring your comfort and safety through sedation. That’s why we partner with Dr. Roberts but instead of taking you to a hospital to receive this level of care, we offer the convenience and comfort of receiving it right here from our office.
Working together, our team of periodontists and physician anesthesiologists will keep you comfortable, keep you safe and offer the lasting results you need.