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Sedation Dentistry

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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is simply the use of medication during an oral surgery or other dental procedure to help a patient feel as comfortable as possible. It has sometimes been referred to as “sleep dentistry”, but that is not really true as patients are usually awake during the procedures except for those under general anesthesia. The sedation is most suitable for individuals with real fear or anxiety of visiting a dentist or sitting on a dental surgery chair, particularly children.

How is Sedation Dentistry done?

There are various ways in which sedation dentistry is administered including:

  • Inhaled minimal sedation- Here the dentist administers to you nitrous oxide (laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a gas mask that is placed over your nose.
  • Oral sedation- This can be used for minimal to moderate sedation. For minimal sedation, a pill (typically Halcion), is administered about half an hour before the procedure.
  • IV sedation- Here the sedative drug is given through a vein, enabling it to work more quickly and for the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.

Is Sedation Dentistry safe for kids?

Sedation for dental procedures on kids is safe if done right. Nitrous oxide, which is administered through inhalation, tends to be the safest for kids and almost all dentists can administer it. It helps the kid remain calm throughout the procedure. Oral sedation also works for children, but there is only a small percentage of pediatric dentists who are trained on how to administer it. A pediatric dentist has to know how to ensure that the administered dosage is right for the child’s age and weight.

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We understand that everyone has important obligations throughout the week and your time is very valuable. With three locations throughout the Northern Virginia metro area and flexible office hours, our team of expert staff can help to schedule your stress-free appointment today!

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At Let's Smile Dental, we use cutting-edge technology to make your visit as comfortable, relaxing and pain-free as possible.

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Whether you are looking for orthodontic treatments, like braces or Invisalign, pediatric care for your child or implants, let our professional staff schedule the perfect time for your next visit!

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Our adult and kid-friendly dental office and staff work hard to make sure that the whole experience is joyful and easy for both the kids and their parents.


When you book your dental appointment with Let's Smile, do it with the utmost confidence! We’re dedicated to our patients. Take a look at what they have to say:

My son loves it here. The dentist and hygienist describe every tool they are about to use and how they are going to use them. Most importantly, they know how to talk to kids and have a good sense of humor.
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Love, love, love the whole staff here! I am being treated for adult orthodontic surgical braces to correct my underbite. Throughout the entire process from the initial consultation, finance/payment, greeting/exit of each appointment, and of course the talented and genuine staff that treat your teeth each time,
We were in an emergent situation after a playground accident/trauma and within 10 mins of calling and upon arrival, we were greeted, evaluated, and treated immediately on our first visit.
They are AWESOME....I make that drive from Alexandria to Fairfax to take my kid here. My kid loves that they make her feel comfortable and they are just happy and jolly.


To accommodate your busy schedule, Let’s Smile has three locations in the Northern Virginia metro area. We offer flexible hours and our wonderful staff can help you schedule an appointment today!




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4210 Fairfax Corner W Ave. Suite 245 Fairfax, VA 22030


1984 Isaac Newton Sq. West Suite 200. Reston, VA 20190


6564 Loisdale Court Suite 110 Springfield, VA 22150