Dental anxiety can prevent many people from receiving the dental care they need or desire, often leading to premature tooth loss and other complex dental problems. The longer you wait to address a dental issue, the worse it will get. Waiting will most likely lead to an even more invasive procedure.
At Ridgetop Dental in Northern Virginia, Drs. Malyavantham, Shaw and Sensenbrenner work with patients on an individual basis to provide compassionate dentistry. Our office is a judgement free zone and we truly just want to help our patients get the dental care they need. We offer dental sedation options to relax our patients so that we can restore health, function and beauty to their smile.
We want all of our patients to understand and enjoy the many benefits of a healthy smile and make your comfort and peace of mind a priority before providing personalized dental care.
I haven’t gone to the dentist in 10 years because of horrible experiences in the past. When I arrived at Ridgetop dental, immediately I was greeted professionally by Maria and the other receptionist. I was then interviewed by one of the Dentists who did a thorough history on me and talked to me about my goals for treatment. I expressed my anxiety regarding dentistry and everyone I encountered was aware of my fear and treated me respectfully. At the end of my appointment a different dentist came in to review my exam and she was very friendly and professional. I work in healthcare and have encountered very few doctors who treat their patients with the same level of respect that I received at Ridgetop Dental. –Sara S.
Solutions for Dental Anxiety
We understand that there can be a wide range of reasons for dental fears and anxiety. Dr. Datta, Dr. Shaw and Dr. Sensenbrenner will take the time to discuss your concerns with you and educate you on all aspects of recommended dental treatments. If your anxiety is the result of a previous bad experience in the dentist chair, our staff is fully dedicated to addressing your concerns in a warm, caring manner so that you can once again feel confident when caring for your oral health.
In many cases, taking the time to talk with patients and educate them on their oral health and the steps involved in their dental treatment can reduce anxiety. We also offer sedation dentistry for anyone desiring to be completely relaxed during treatment.
- Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas
- intravenous (IV) sedation
We will discuss your medical history and determine which type of dental sedation is best for you. As with any sedation, we take your personal safety very seriously. Our staff will thoroughly evaluate your overall health prior to treatment and carefully monitor you while under sedation. Dental sedation will make your procedure pain free, with little to no memory of it afterwards.
One of the benefits of dental sedation is often the ability to perform more than one necessary or desired dental treatment during the same visit.