Dr. Pamela Marzban offers sedation dentistry to her Virginia patients with dental anxiety. Dr. Marzban is dedicated to helping her patients overcome their fears and get the exceptional dental care they need—along with the caring emotional support to achieve their goals.

Dr. Marzban is a DOCS-certified dentist with the knowledge and experience to determine the sedation type best suited to her patients on an individual basis.

Dental Anxiety is Widespread

A large majority of people surveyed have some degree of fear about seeing the dentist. While most people don’t exactly look forward to routine dental examinations and cleanings, they can take it in stride knowing it is important to staying healthy. However, for about 10-15 percent of people, dental anxiety can prevent them from getting the care they need and may even interfere with life outside the dentist’s office.

When dental anxiety leads to bad dreams, avoiding favorite foods, or constant fears of a dental emergency, it can be life altering. People with this level of anxiety may put off routine care and suffer with tooth decay, gum disease, and missing teeth. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients to get the care they so desperately need without discomfort and anxiety.

Sedation Types Available

Every patient is an individual, so Dr. Marzban has developed a high level of expertise at a range of sedation dentistry options. Some of the options available in her Virginia practice include:

  • Oral Sedation:  Sedation medications are given by mouth about an hour before the dental work is to be performed so there is time for the medication to take effect.
  • Minimal Inhaled Sedation:  This consists of a mild gas called nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” that is inhaled through a soft plastic mask placed over your nose.
  • Moderate IV Sedation:  Medication is delivered through a vein so it works very quickly and can be monitored and adjusted throughout your treatment. This is sometimes called “twilight anesthesia” and can also help reduce the memory of treatment.
  • General Anesthesia or Deep Sedation:  The effect of general anesthesia is to put you in a state of deep sleep. The medication is administered through an IV and your breathing is monitored. You will not remember the treatment while you are under general anesthesia.

Dental anxiety doesn’t have to prevent you from getting the care you need to stay healthy and enjoy a beautiful smile. To work with Dr. Marzban to develop an individualized care plan, please call 703-323-8200 or email us today. Pamela Marzban, DDS is a Burke, VA Dentist Serving Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Virginia and Surrounding Communities.