Dr. Imaney Ahmad, DMD Dentist in Herndon VA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

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It's important for you to understand your dental care. We believe patients who are educated and informed about their oral health are not only more at ease during their treatment, but also take their dental care more seriously at home. Let our experts work with you to find the best options for treatment, and for continued health after your procedure. We hope to be your partner in finding the best options for oral health for you and your family. 

Dental work is often a source of anxiety for people, but it doesn't have to be! Our team will take the time to ensure that you are familiar with preparing and following up with your procedure. Remember- there's no silly question that you could ask us!

We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions here to help you become more informed about our practice and our services. Feel free to browse through these questions to see if we've answered yours, and give us a call if anything is left unanswered at (703) 793-0291. Our expert team is always happy to address any concerns that you have about any of our procedures and therapies.

Sedation Dentistry

At our Herndon dental office, we understand that many patients experience some level of dental anxiety. You are not alone! Millions of people have the same fears you do.

Our team is both caring and compassionate. We work with our patients at a comfortable pace and let them know that they are always in charge of their appointments so that treatment does not feel quite so stressful. However, we understand that sometimes comfort and compassion are not enough. That is why Dr. Imaney Ahmad decided to offer sedation dentistry for those patients who have trouble relaxing while in the dental chair.

Dr. Ahmad offers two types of sedation dentistry:

Nitrous oxide – Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it is sometimes called, is our mildest form of sedation and is safe for most patients – even children! Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask. Dr. Ahmad can control the level of sedation throughout the appointment. It enters and leaves your system quickly without residual grogginess. You will be able to drive a few minutes after your treatment.

Conscious sedation – Oral conscious sedation is our stronger form of sedation and provides relaxation without needles. We administer medication approximately one hour prior to your scheduled treatment. Once the sedative takes effect, you will feel dreamy and relaxed. You will still be able to respond to our questions and will remain conscious, however you will need someone to take you home after treatment because you will be unable to drive.


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