The use of sedation in dentistry has revolutionized the way patients view dental visits. Patients who once were afraid or anxious about even the most routine dental procedures now visit the dentist with confidence. Sedation is typically administered to healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety. Reasons for needing sedation may include lengthy procedure times, dental phobias, or fear caused by negative experiences in the past.

Did you know…

that here are three different types of sedation dentistry? You can opt for sedation administered in one of the following ways:

  • Oral Sedation – A pharmacological agent administered prior to treatment to alleviate anxiety and help patients relax.
  • Inhalation Sedation – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide offers a euphoric feeling that makes dental treatments more pleasant.
  • IV Sedation – This is a deep sedation reserved for patients who want little or no memory of their dental visits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I choose sedation dentistry?

Only you and your dentist can determine if sedation is right for you. Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with your dentist to discuss whether light, moderate or deep sedation best meets your needs. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.

What should I expect if I am sedated for my dental procedure?

That depends on the type of sedation you undergo. Oral sedation is relatively simple and involves taking a prescribed medication about an hour prior to your procedure. You’ll feel more relaxed, yet completely aware of your surroundings during treatment. If you choose nitrous oxide, you’ll be instructed to inhale the gas at the beginning of your appointment. Additional nitrous can be administered throughout your procedure to keep you in a state of euphoria. At the conclusion of your treatment, you’ll be given oxygen to help ‘snap’ you out of your sedated state.

If IV sedation is right for you, you’ll be instructed to avoid foods and beverages the night before your treatment. A sedative will be administered to you intravenously prior to your procedure, causing you to fall into a deep sleep. A dental anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure and adjust dosage as needed.

Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?

Depending on the type of sedation you undergo, a licensed driver may need to drive you home from your dental appointment. If you undergo IV sedation, you may need to be supervised for several hours following the procedure.

Nicholas Leon-Guerrero D.D.S

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science, University of the Pacific, Stocton, CA
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA
  • General Practice Residency, Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Certificate of Endodontics, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY

MEMBER, DENTISTRY:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society
  • Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity

MEMBER, ENDODONTICS:

  • American Association of Endodontics

HONORS:

  • Board Eligible, American Board of Endodontics
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scout of America
  • AAE Foundation Mission Outreach Participant

Frank Portell, D.M.D., M.S.

EDUCATION:

  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry, University of PuertRico, San Juan, PuertRico
  • Certificate of Endodontics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Master of Science, George Washington University, Washington, DC

MEMBER, DENTISTRY:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society

MEMBER, ENDODONTICS

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • Virginia Academy of Endodontics (Past President)

HONORS:

  • Fellow of The American College of Dentistry
  • Fellow of The International College of Dentistry
  • Fellow of The Academy of General Dentistry
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Fellow
  • Fellow of The Virginia Dental Association
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Virginia Living Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Washingtonian Magazine

Nathan Schoenly, D.D.S.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science, Saint Michael’s College, Burlington, VT
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Saint Michael’s College, Burlington, VT
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of BuffalSchool of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY
  • Certificate of Endodontics, University of BuffalSchool of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY

MEMBER, DENTISTRY:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society
  • Korean American Dental Association
  • Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity

MEMBER, ENDODONTICS:

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • Virginia Academy of Endodontics
  • American Board of Endodontics
  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics

HONORS:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scout of America

David Palmieri, D.M.D., M.S.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA
  • Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA
  • Certificate of Endodontics, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA
  • Master of Science, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA

MEMBER, DENTISTRY:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society
  • Alexandria Dental Club (Past President)

MEMBER, ENDODONTICS:

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • Virginia Academy of Endodontics (Past President)
    Penick Endodontic Study Club
  • Seattle Study Club
  • Spear Study Club

HONORS:

  • Fellow of the Virginia Dental Association
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society
  • American Association of Endodontics Student Achievement Award
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Fellow
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Virginia Living Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Washingtonian Magazine
  • Voted Top Endodontist by Washington Consumer Checkbook Magazine
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