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Tong Dental Care – Gaithersburg, Maryland
Sedation Dentistry

Dr. James Tong invites you to relax with your next dental visit

Mother and child

Tong Dental Care – Gaithersburg, Maryland
Sedation Dentistry

Dr. James Tong invites you to relax with your next dental visit

New Patients Call

(888) 495-6778

Existing Patients

(301) 216-1780

Dr. Tong

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry with Dr. Tong allows his patients to relax while undergoing restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. Dental sedation enables patients to overcome anxiety from discomfort up to phobia about even visiting the dentist. Plus, sedation allows you to group various procedures into a single office visit, making it a better use of your time. And in the end, you have little or no recollection about your visit.

If you have an unpleasant memory of visiting the dentist from your childhood, a mishap during a previous restoration, or you may be somewhat embarrassed that you haven’t been keeping up with your regular check-ups. We don’t judge and want to put you at ease.

Experienced and compassionate sedation dentists like Dr. James Tong understand your concerns and can make your dental visit completely relaxing and fear-free with the use of sedation dentistry options like IV sedation and conscious sedation. Request a free sedation consultation today!

Who’s a Good Candidate?

Patients can confuse sedation with pain relief. Our patients don’t feel a thing during any procedures due to our anesthetics. Dr. Tong offers sedation, not for pain, but to help patients deal with strong feelings of fear and anxiety that arise when they visit the dentist. After receiving sedation and completing their treatments, patients often experience a change in the entire way they view dental appointments going forward.

Have difficulty overcoming anxiety about the dentist
Have a low pain threshold
Have very sensitive teeth
Have a very strong gag reflex
Need a large amount of work done

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Sedation Services


Dr. James Tong would like to invite you to visit our office for a full complement of services in one location. We offer IV sedation or nitrous oxide for nervous guests, dental implants to replace missing teeth or secure dentures or for full arch replacement, and oral surgery which includes things like tooth extractions, wisdom teeth, or in preparation for implants.

IV Sedation

Nervous About Dentistry?

IV Sedation

IV sedation is ideal for those who have severe dental phobia, difficulty remaining still, multiple or surgical treatment needs, or behavioral concerns. Administered intravenously, IV sedation’s near-immediate effects leave you conscious but with little-to-no memory of your procedure. IV sedation offers complete relaxation and may make you feel like you slept through your visit.

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Relax During Treatment

Oral Sedation

Ideal for moderate dental anxiety, general aversion to the dental office, or a sensitive gag reflex, oral sedation is a prescriptive sedative pill taken before your appointment time. This method of sedation leaves you feeling very relaxed, calm, and even sleepy, but fully alert and able to respond to our instructions.

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Available To All Patients

Nitrous Oxide

Complimentary to all patients, nitrous oxide is ideal for those who experience common dental jitters or minor anxiety. Nitrous oxide is a clear, odorless gas inhaled before and during the procedure. The effects leave you feeling calm and even euphoric. Once the gas is stopped, the effects dissipate quickly and leave you ready to resume normal daily activity.

New Patients Call

(888) 495-6778

Existing Patients

(301) 216-1780

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We’re 100%
Committed To Your Safety

Each member of our team is 100 percent committed to making you feel comfortable, providing gentle and stress-free care, and creating the relaxed environment necessary for positive dental visits. Dr. Tong is trained and certified to administer IV sedation and monitors patient safety throughout the entire procedure. He can help you choose the right level of sedation to vanquish any fears, however minor or severe. To ensure complete comfort during dental treatment in our Clarksburg, MD, practice, we are pleased to offer complimentary nitrous oxide to all patients!

Frequently Asked Questions
About Dental Sedation

Dr. James Tong is Gaithersburg, MD’s sedation dentistry expert, and will happily guide you to choose the best option for you at a Free Sedation Consultation. We offer 3 effective types of sedation, all of which are good options depending on your anxiety level and treatment being done.

IV Sedation: With IV sedation, Dr. Tong will set up an IV drip which will keep you continuously sedated during your treatment. You will be asleep during the entire procedure and will retain all normal reflexes and breathing throughout the treatment. Because this type of sedation doesn’t wear off immediately, you will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment.

Oral Sedation: With oral sedation, you will be given a small pill to take 1 hour before arriving at your appointment. You will be feeling very drowsy by the time you arrive, so it’s important to arrange a ride to and from our office.

Nitrous: With Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, a mask is placed over your face which allows you to breathe a mixture of oxygen and gas, which relaxes you for the procedure. Since the effects quickly wear off, you can drive yourself home when using this type of sedation.

Dr. James Tong and his staff at Tong Dental Care of Gaithersburg take your comfort and safety very seriously and closely monitor the dosages and sedation of our patients, before, during, and after our treatment. Your comfort is paramount and sedation dentistry is completely safe, especially in the skilled hands of Dr. Tong and his team.
Dr. James Tong offers 3 types of sedation at Tong Dental Care, IV Sedation, Oral Sedation, and Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) sedation. Depending on your anxiety level or type of treatment is performed, a different type of sedation might be recommended by Dr. Tong. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing has) complimentary to all patients. Both oral and IV sedation delivers a similar relaxation and a twilight sleep experience where you’re awake but totally relaxed. It is very common for patients to experiences an amnesia effect afterward where they don’t remember much about their appointment.
Oral sedation is a perfect option for patients who don’t want to use a needle. Before the start of the procedure, Dr. Tong will give you a relaxation pill to help put you at ease. Patients will become very drowsy, but will still be awake and will be able to respond to directions from Dr. Tong. It is possible to increase the dosage for patients who desire more sedation.
For most patients, the effects of oral sedation when getting treatment from Dr. Tong will last from 2-4 hours after the appointment. Thus, they’ll need a ride to and from the appointment. The patient also shouldn’t drive or operate machinery for an additional 12 hours.
Dr. Tong is a certified sedation expert and will make sure you are safe and comfortable the whole time. Oral sedation has an effect like amnesia. While technically this is a side effect most patients see this as a benefit because they can’t remember the dental appointment. Oral medications can cause headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, and occasionally nausea but these typically pass quickly.
IV Sedation is delivered intravenously rather than with a pill as in Oral Sedation. With IV sedation Dr. Tong can closely monitor your sedation levels and can adjust the levels to give you the optimal level of sedation. For some patients, sedation may wear off almost immediately, but others can feel its effects for several hours afterward. Patients shouldn’t drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after their appointment and will need a ride to and from the appointment.
Patients think they’re “under” as they are when they’re in the hospital during traditional surgery, but with both Oral and IV sedation you’ll be awake but sedated so you’ll be totally relaxed.
Since the patient is comfortably sedated, Dr. Tong is able to complete procedures that used to take several appointments to complete. This saves the patient time and money since a single longer appointment is less costly than several short appointments.
Dr. Tong can provide sedation for any procedure the patient is uncomfortable proceeding with from standard dental cleaning to restorative care. Simply ask for sedation and our team will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
While sedation provides benefits for many people, it’s not right for everyone. Depending on your medical history, Dr. Tong may not recommend sedation. Some chronic conditions may make sedation risky or if medications that the patient takes conflict with the sedation effects it will not be recommended. Request your Free Sedation Consultation with Dr. Tong to learn how sedation at Tong Dental Care at Gaithersburg is your best choice for pain-free dentistry.

Dental Emergency


There’s little that’s as painful as a tooth or jaw ache, so call us any time to schedule an emergency appointment. Our doctors and team love our patients and want what’s best for you, so call us today for an emergency appointment!

New Patients Call

(888) 495-6778

Existing Patients

(301) 216-1780

Tong Dental Care

Phone number (888) 495-6778

903 Russell Avenue #200
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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