Sedation Dentistry

Your Smile, Your Life ™

"As always, I was treated with the warm courtesy which is constant in this office. My cleaning and other dental issues were attended to immediately and professionally. . . . and I might add painlessly. Visiting the dentist used to be a dread. The care and attention I receive here has always been outstanding. It is now a pleasure to go."


We realize that many patients are apprehensive about receiving dental care. For patients who may bekitty anxious, we want them to be completely comfortable. That’s why our practice offers sedation dentistry. Also known as sleep dentistry, this technique allows our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed during any dental procedure. Anxiety should never prevent a patient from having the beautiful and healthy smile she or he deserves. We pioneered providing sedation dentistry in 1981 because we recognized that many people are anxious about receiving dental care.

When you come to Dr. Rye’s practice, he will listen to all of your concerns. He then discusses all of the methods used at Rye Smiles for Life to help make your dental treatment as comfortable as possible. Together, both Dr. Rye and you can decide on a Personalized Dental Plan that will achieve your goals while ensuring utmost comfort.

Many options are available at Rye Smiles for Life to provide for optimal comfort, including oral sedation, IV sedation, Nitrous Oxide (sometimes called laughing gas), and general anesthesia.

Many patients plagued by dental anxiety and some who require extensive work find that conscious oral sedation best meet their needs. The conscious oral sedation process begins with the patient taking a small pill about an hour before the dental appointment. Upon arriving at our office, you will begin to feel drowsy. Due to the sedative effects of the medication, sleep dentistry patients need a companion to drive them to our office and drive home following the procedure. At our office, a member of the staff will escort you into our comfort room and wrap you in a thick, warm blanket. We monitor your condition throughout the procedure so that we can ensure that you remain comfortable through the entire visit.

Once Dr. Rye has completed your dentistry, you will gradually wake up refreshed, with little or no memory of the appointment. With sedation dentistry, we can complete multiple procedures, or even a complete smile makeover, sometimes in just one visit!

If you live in the Fairfax and Vienna area, and are interested in sedation dentistry, contact Dr. D. Gordon Rye to learn how you can receive exceptional dental care in the most comfortable manner possible.


How will I feel during dental sedations?

If I have sedation, will I need someone to accompany me?

Yes. You will need to have a companion drive you to our office and home again when you undergo sedation dentistry.

How long will I be relaxing during treatment?

You will be relaxing throughout your entire procedure – anywhere from two to six hours, depending on the procedures you receive.


Will I be monitored while I am under sedation?

Yes. A member of our team will remain with you at all times to monitor your vital signs and ensure that you are as comfortable as possible through your treatment.

Will I be completely unconscious?

No, you will not be unconscious. You will be responsive, but in a deeply relaxed state.

Will I feel pain?

For most patients, there is no discomfort whatsoever during procedures performed under sedation dentistry. In fact, many patients wake up feeling surprisingly well.

Case Studies

Dental Implants with Sedation Dentistry Fairfax VA

Jacqueline, of Vienna, VA wrote us a great letter about her sedation dentistry experience, and we are appreciative that she allowed us to share it here: I had lost a tooth that had previously had a crown and a root canal. I also needed sedation dentistry. In addition, I had an old, very large loose

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In Depth

Sedation Dentistry Can Calm Your Dental Fears

“So glad to have finally found a dental office that truly cares about the individual-professional, skilled and knowledgeable staff. Well-maintained office with up to date equipment and relaxing environment-truly a pleasurable experience.”Kari RIf you’re afraid of visiting the dentist or even making an appointment, it’s important to understand that dental fear is not uncommon, and these fears can be overcome with help. Perhaps you had a bad dental experience in

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How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You

“I was impressed with the warm atmosphere of the office and it appeared very efficient. I also appreciated the time that was spent with me, never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision about possible treatment.”AnonymousAnxiety about visiting the dentist is extremely common, and you should not feel embarrassed or ashamed if you’re afraid to make an appointment. Many people even list “going to the dentist” as their biggest

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What to do when you are afraid of the dentist

“I recently took my 85 year old mother for her dental appointment. She has dementia and I was concerned about how she would react to returning to Rye Smiles after a 2+ year absence. She did amazing well and I attribute it to the staff, who treated her with kindness, understanding and patience. She was greeted by name as soon as we walked in and the staff was genuinely happy

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Candidates for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry

“I greatly dislike going to ANY dentist for any reason, including just having my teeth cleaned. This is the first dental office that I have returned to on a regular basis to maintain the health of my teeth and gums. It only took be 60+ years to find such a place.”AnonymousMost people with dental anxiety or a fear of undergoing dental care are good candidates for sedation (sleep) dentistry. It

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