sedation

Sedation Dentistry in Fredericksburg, VA

Sedation Dentistry

Our practice offers three kinds of conscious sedation for your comfort.

After a thorough medical history review and careful case selection, we may offer:

  • Inhalation sedation ("laughing gas"--minimal sedation)
  • Oral sedation (oral medication--minimal/moderate sedation)
  • IV sedation (intravenous medications--moderate conscious sedation)

Inhalation sedation

Can be used during routine cleanings, deep cleanings, and sometimes surgery, depending on which part of your mouth is being treated.  This type of sedation is completely reversed by breathing oxygen at the end of the procedure, so you can safely drive yourself afterwards. 

Oral sedation 

A medication will be precribed that will make you feel sleepy and forgetful. You may fall asleep during your procedure but you will still be able to respond to verbal requests. You may have no memory of the procedure. This type of sedation requires you to have a responsible adult drive you to and from your appointment. 

I.V. moderate conscious sedation

This helps you to stay comfortable and very calm during your procedure. I.V. sedation is carefully administered to better enable you to undergo your dental procedure while you are very relaxed. I.V. sedation helps alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, and may not remember the procedure. This type of sedation requires you to have a responsible adult drive you to and from your appointment. 


Both Dr. Pitman and Dr. Ntounis have advanced training and experience in conscious sedation. They maintain current ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and BLS (Basic Life Support) certifications.  For your safety, our entire team undergoes regular and rigorous emergency training and every member of our team is BLS certified.