Sedation Dentistry


At Total Dental Care, we understand that dental work can cause anxiety. That’s why we offer a full line of sedation dentistry options to our patients in Germantown, MD.

Call today at 240-813-9111 to schedule your appointment.

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Sedation Dentistry Options


From the lowest level of sedation to the highest, here are your options.


Local Anesthesia


Local anesthesia is used for every patient for every procedure that could cause pain or discomfort. Using a topical and/or injected anesthetic, we target only the specific area that will be affected. Local anesthesia does not affect your body overall, and you can safely drive home, but you should expect some numbness and perhaps drooling to continue for a few hours after the procedure.


Nitrous Oxide


Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a mild inhaled sedative distributed through a mask over the nose. Your dentist can precisely adjust the blend of nitrogen and oxygen to meet your needs, and if you ever feel overwhelmed by the sensations, you can simply remove the mask. Most patients report a feeling of deep relaxation, some giddiness or lightheadedness, and a heavy sensation in the arms and legs. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, allowing you to safely drive home.


Conscious Oral Sedation


Conscious oral sedation simply means taking a prescribed anti-anxiety medication before your procedure begins. You will likely feel relaxed and sleepy, and may even fall asleep. You will not be unconscious, and can be easily roused. However, the effects can linger for a few hours, so you must have someone drive you home from your appointment.


IV Sedation and General Anesthesia


IV sedation and general anesthesia are two sides of the same coin. IV sedation induces a sort of twilight sleep, in which you may feel loopy and out of it, and will likely doze off. General anesthesia renders you unconscious for the duration of the procedure. Both are considered a higher level of sedation, appropriate for those with severe dental phobias and certain special needs. If you need or desire this type of sedation, your dentist will provide detailed instructions for the day of your visit.

Questions? Call 240-813-9111 to learn more and schedule your appointment.