Many adults postpone beneficial dental services because they feel afraid or anxious. At Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C., we offer proven sedation dentistry options and anti-anxiety techniques that can make your appointments easier. We are committed to providing gentle dental care in a relaxing environment so you can achieve the “simply radiant, simply natural” smile you deserve.
Led by experienced prosthodontist Dr. Gerald Marlin, every member of our staff is invested in your treatment experience. These extraordinary dental professionals deliver judgment-free care with empathy and understanding. It’s no surprise that we are known across the Washington metropolitan area for solving even the most complex dental problems while maintaining high levels of patient comfort.
Schedule a consultation today at 202-244-2101 to learn more about sedation dentistry and our patient-focused philosophy. We welcome patients from across the country, including Washington D.C., Bethesda, Arlington, and other areas of Maryland and Virginia.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves using safe medication to help patients feel calm and comfortable before and during dental treatments. It can be used in a variety of situations, from routine cavity fillings to lengthier procedures.
Sedation dentistry may be a great option if you experience:
- General fear or anxiety before or during your appointment
- An aversion to needles
- Feelings of helplessness or a loss of control in the chair
- Embarrassment or personal space issues
- A strong gag reflex
- Trouble getting numb
Dr. Marlin and his team understand how difficult it may seem to visit our practice if you are struggling with any of the issues listed above. We have helped patients in a variety of situations overcome their fear of the dentist and we can help you too.
“Always a pleasant experience coming to Dr. Marlin's office for dental care. Excellent team and very comfortable environment.” - Tami B.
Sedation Options We Offer
We offer the following types of dental sedation at Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C.:
- Nitrous oxide: Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is administered through a comfortable mask. It works to put you in a calm state almost instantly, and the effects wear off minutes after you stop breathing it in. At our practice, we use nitrous to supplement oral sedation and to make patients feel at ease during longer procedures.
- Oral sedation: Oral conscious sedation is a simple and popular method of achieving a relaxed state. You will be given a pill to take before your dental procedure to calm your nerves. Depending on how you respond to the medication and the length of your treatment, you may be given additional pills during your visit. With oral sedation, you will be awake and able to respond to our team, but you will likely not remember much about your appointment afterward.
- IV sedation: IV sedation allows you to achieve the deepest level of relaxation. Administered by a nurse anesthetist, intravenous sedatives put you in a sleep-like state. This option is ideal for patients who suffer from extreme anxiety or who are undergoing a very involved procedure. We perform complex restorative and surgical procedures under IV sedation.
Dr. Marlin will work with you to determine the appropriate sedative or combination of sedatives for your dental treatment. He will take the time to understand your reasons for pursuing sedation dentistry to figure out the ideal options and doses for your situation.
Dedicated to Your Comfort
Offering sedation dentistry is only one of the ways in which Dr. Marlin and his team work to improve your dental experience. At Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C., you’ll find:
- Non-judgmental staff: You may be afraid of being scolded or judged during your dental visit, especially if it has been a long time since your last appointment. Our staff is committed to creating a judgment-free environment and helping you reach your goals for your smile.
- Communication: Not knowing what will happen during a dental visit can lead to stress and anxiety. We can help you overcome your fear of the unknown by explaining your options clearly and engaging in open and honest communication about your treatment. We create a space where you can freely express your concerns and ask any questions you may have.
- Gentle techniques: We use gentle techniques during your dental visits to ensure your comfort. For example, we apply a topical numbing gel prior to giving anesthetic to lessen any stinging sensations.
- Headphones: Many people find the sounds associated with dental visits unpleasant. We offer stereo headphones connected to Sirius radio or your own iPhone to block out treatment noises. You can select the Sirius radio station you prefer or use our headphones to play your music.
Preparing For Your Dental Visit
There are several steps you should take before your dental visit to ensure the best possible experience:
- Eat breakfast or lunch before your appointment to maintain normal blood glucose levels.
- For appointments that you are receiving I.V. sedation, do NOT eat breakfast before your visit.
- Take your routine medications.
- If you require prophylactic antibiotics before dental appointments for prosthetic heart valve or orthopedic prosthesis (artificial hip, knee, elbow, etc.), please call our office for instructions.
- Please let us know if you are taking Aspirin, Coumadin, or another blood thinner.
- Make sure that you have received prescriptions for oral anti-anxiety medications and antibiotics
Our office may give you additional instructions to help you prepare. Let us know about your reservations regarding dental treatment during your consultation or appointment so we can work to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry in Washington D.C.
To find out how sedation dentistry and our patient-focused care can make your visit more pleasant, schedule a consultation at 202-244-2101. We serve Washington D.C., Bethesda, Arlington, and nearby areas of Maryland and Virginia as well as across the country. Our uptown location near the Friendship Heights metro station makes our practice easily accessible to downtown-area patients.