Many people avoid going to the dentist because they experienced traumatic care as a child or suffered painful procedures as an adult.

At Ballston Dental Arts, we understand these feelings and want to help. Whether you just need a routine cleaning or a brand-new smile, Dr. Duke Kim offers sedation dentistry in Arlington, Virginia, to make your experience comfortable and relaxing.
Sedation dentistry is a wonderful choice for patients who feel anxious or nervous about their dental treatment.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

There are several types of sedation dentistry available based on your individual needs and preferences:

Nitrous oxide, (laughing gas), is a sedative gas that is mixed with oxygen. You simply inhale the gas during your treatment to help you feel more relaxed. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that wears off within just a few minutes after we stop the flow of gas.
Oral sedation, which involves taking an oral medication before your treatment. By the time of your appointment, you will feel calm and at ease.
IV sedation by a board-certified anesthesiologist, involves administering the medication intravenously (through the veins). Working with a board-certified anesthesiologist who creates a controlled level of sedation allows Dr. Kim to provide comprehensive care in a comfortable manner for the patient. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, meaning that it will not make you unconscious, but you may feel so relaxed that you fall asleep during your treatment. You may not remember all of the details of your visit.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

If you suffer from dental anxiety, if you have had negative experiences at the dentist in the past, or if you simply feel nervous about your treatment, sedation dentistry can help you feel more at ease. Sedation dentistry is also a good choice for patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have an extremely sensitive gag reflex.

To learn more about sedation dentistry in Arlington, Virginia, we invite you to contact us today at 703-664-1969. Our team of dental professionals will answer any questions you have and schedule an appointment with Dr. Duke Kim to discuss how sedation dentistry can make you more comfortable during your next dental visit.