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Sedation Dentistry – Rockville, MD

Feel At-Ease Visiting The Dentist

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If you feel anxious or nervous at the thought of entering your dentist’s office, you’re not alone. Millions of adults in the nation have dental fears and phobias that discourage them from seeking the dental treatments and routine care necessary to preserve their oral health. At Robert J. Sanker, DDS, our team understands how hard this can be to overcome, which is why we’re happy to provide sedation dentistry in Rockville for our patients.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Sedation?

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Sedation dentistry is a great service we offer to help you feel more comfortable and calmer when you visit our office. Whether you’re coming in for a routine checkup and cleaning or a more lengthy and invasive procedure, oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide are good options for patients who experience any of the following:

  • A strong gag reflex
  • Discomfort or difficulty sitting in the treatment chair
  • A low pain tolerance
  • Require a lengthy procedure
  • Experience anxiety or fear in the dental office
  • Are overstimulated by the sights, sounds, and smells in the office

Oral Conscious Sedation

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Oral conscious sedation is great for patients who have moderate to severe dental anxiety. Before your appointment, Dr. Sanker will prescribe a small pill for you to take. That way, by the time you arrive at our office, you’ll feel relaxed. We’ll guide you back to a treatment room, help you feel comfortable, and complete your treatment. Since the effects of this form of sedation last longer and will kick-in before you arrive at our office, you’ll need to plan for a trusted friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up from your visit.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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Nitrous oxide is a fast-acting form of sedation that we administer while you’re in the treatment chair. We’ll place a small nose mask onto your face, which will allow you to breathe in a colorless, odorless gas. Within minutes, you’ll feel a calming, euphoric wave wash over you. As soon as your treatment is complete, we’ll remove the mask. The effects will quickly wear off, allowing you to carry on with your day as you normally would without having to worry about any lasting symptoms.

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