Anil Dwivedi, D.M.D., P.C.

Overview Of Sedation

Dr. Dwivedi is one of the few dentists in the country trained in anesthesiology. You may hear radio commercials by dentists advertising sedation dentistry. These individuals have taken a weekend course in the use of pills to sedate patients. Dr. Dwivedi has completed a medical based residency in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania.


If anxiety and fear have kept you away from the dentist, this practice is for you. Comprehensive dental care in a relaxed anxiety free environment.  For your privacy we only see one patient at a time. There is nothing to be embarrassed about at our office. Call today to set up an Appointment.


Dr. Dwivedi has been providing anesthesia services to his own patients and to many other dental offices in Northern Virginia for more than 25 years.


Through the use of IV sedation and general anesthesia all levels of anxiety and fears can be alleviated. You can calmly sleep through the procedure. The technique does NOT require a breathing tube to be placed. This anesthesia technique is safe and proven.


All standards of care for monitoring your safety are in place. A crash cart is available if needed.


You do not have to fear anything in the dental office any longer.


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For those patients who like a little extra help to feel comfortable during treatment, Dr. Dwivedi and his Staff have created a unique menu of Comfort Plan Options that are available to you to make your dental experience the very best!

Sedation Options

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is a gas that helps you to feel more relaxed and decreases anxiety. The recovery time is very short, so you will be able to drive yourself home. Nitrous oxide is best used for patients with mild anxiety, who will be having a short dental procedure.

Oral Conscious Sedation (Pills)

This method involves taking a pill about an hour before your treatment. This will make you feel relaxed and drowsy. You will remain awake and be able to interact with and respond to the dentist. Occasionally, nitrous oxide may be used in addition to oral medication to reach the desired effect. The sedative effects can last many hours, so you will need to have a responsible adult drive you home.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation (Twilight Sleep)

Sedation produces a lowered level of consciousness so that you may undergo dental treatment in a “twilight sleep.” You will be semi-conscious with the ability to respond but will have little or no memory of the procedure. This modality allows Dr. Dwivedi to customize the dose making it predictable and comfortable for you right in the dental office. If you are a healthy patient with moderate to severe anxiety, sedation may be a good choice for you. Individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities may benefit from IV Sedation, as well.

Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia

General anesthesia produces a state of unconsciousness wherein you are completely asleep during your treatment. It is performed in the office. Since Dr.Dwivedi is a dentist anesthesiologist he can provide this care in the office. If you have a complex medical condition or an extreme phobia, this option may be right for you. Individuals with special needs – physical or mental disabilities, often benefit from treatment under general anesthesia. It can also be the ideal method when multiple procedures need to be accomplished in one visit.


Though the use of general anesthesia a level of sedation can be accomplished which allows you to sleep though your dental visit. This technique allows you to have multiple dental treatments done in one sitting. You are comfortably sleeping while the work is being done and awakened at the end of the procedure. It seems like only a few moments have passed for you.


Hyperactive gag reflexes, extreme dental phobics and medically compromised patients can get the dental treatment they need.


All the current anesthesia standards of care are observed for your care. A complete crash box is with all resuscitation equipment is within arms reach, if needed.


Dr. Dwivedi is one of the only dentists in Northern Virginia who has completed a medical residency in anesthesiology. He has twenty years of experience providing this level of care.

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