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Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Oscar A. Luna, DDS -  - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

Oscar A. Luna, DDS

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Falls Church, VA

If fear and anxiety are disrupting your child’s dental care, then sedation dentistry can help. At Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia, Oscar Luna, DDS, offers sedation dentistry for children who need some extra help staying calm and relaxed during their dental treatments. Schedule a visit with Dr. Luna today by phone or book online, and find out more about what sedation dentistry can do for your child’s dental anxiety.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medical sedatives to limit anxiety during dental treatments. For some children, a trip to the dentist can be a particularly stressful experience. Those with severe dental anxiety find it difficult to relax or sit still in the chair during their treatments.

If your child experiences dental anxiety, sedation dentistry makes it possible for them to get the care they need and keep their smile healthy and beautiful.

What type of sedation dentistry is available?

Dr. Luna offers nitrous oxide at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is an odorless gas that your child inhales through a mask. The mask fits over their nose, and they wear it throughout the entire procedure as it delivers a slow and steady stream of nitrous oxide into their system.

Your child begins to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide after just a few minutes of normal breathing with the mask on. The gas reduces their anxiety and their sensation of pain, and might make their arms and legs feel tingly or heavy.

They might also experience a slight feeling of euphoria, with some patients getting the giggles (hence the name). They retain consciousness throughout their entire nitrous oxide treatment.

After Dr. Luna finishes your child’s dental treatment, he pumps pure oxygen into their mask to flush the nitrous oxide from their system. After just a few minutes, they’ll feel perfectly normal again, and they’ll leave the office with a healthier smile.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is a relatively common means of helping children get effective dental care, and the American Dental Association has deemed nitrous oxide to be safe and effective for use in managing pain and anxiety during dental procedures.

In fact, nitrous oxide has been used in dental procedures since the 1800s. Dr. Luna and his team always take great care to administer your child’s sedation dentistry safely.

To learn more about how nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry can enhance your child’s dental experience, schedule a visit with Dr. Luna today by calling the offices at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or booking an appointment online.