IV Sedation in Burke, VA

The ultimate level of relaxation (sleep!) for a painless and fear-free dental experience.

What Is IV Sedation?

Your solution to eliminating paralyzing dental fear and finally taking back your smile!

Man worried about his next dental appointment and considering IV sedation

IV sedation puts you in a sleep-like state throughout your entire dental appointment. You won’t hear, feel, or smell anything during your visit, and afterward, you’ll wake up with no memory of the procedure.

Our certified sedation dentist, Dr. Alex McMillan, partners with SleepGuardian’s physician anesthesiologists to offer you hospital-level general anesthesia and safety within our office.

Patients considering IV sedation usually:

  • Feel absolutely terrified of the dentist

  • Experience panic attacks anticipating an appointment

  • Become physically ill in the waiting room

  • Want to complete multiple or lengthy procedures in one visit

Would IV sedation help you get the dental care you need?

Why Patients Choose IV Sedation

A deep state of relaxation will make your procedure as comfortable as it is life changing!
Works right away

Administering medication intravenously ensures you’ll feel the effects of the sedation quickly and to the proper degree.

Fall asleep completely

The anesthesiologists can adjust your medication levels, so you feel completely unconscious and unaware of the sights and sounds around you.

Have no memories

You’ll leave with no memories of the treatment, only the dazzling results of a healthy, picture-perfect smile.

Dr. McMillan and his staff are amazing. I have been going to this office for 10+ years now, and for 10+ years, I look forward to visiting the dentist. They will do whatever it takes to make sure you are comfortable and feel at ease while you are there.

Joseph A., Actual Patient

Meet Your Dream Team (Literally!)

Our certified sedation dentist, Dr. Alex McMillan, partners with SleepGuardian for the most relaxing, stress-free dental care in Northern Virginia.

Dr. McMillan who is certified to administer IV sedation dentistry

You deserve to have a beautiful, healthy smile, and Dr. McMillian is here to help you overcome any barriers preventing that from happening.

Here are a few ways he makes that possible:

How Do Real Patients Feel?
Take one minute and learn about Daniel's experience with Dr. McMillan.
Daniel, a real sedation patient at Burke Centre Dental Arts

Read Daniel's Testimonial:

“Well, my new wife’s father had work done here so she said, ‘It’s time to go to the dentist’, and I said, ‘Oh no it isn’t, I have post stress disorder from dentistry and I’m not going.’ But she got me up here and I got trust with Dr. Alex and from there on the train left the track and we just kept going till I got good teeth. I’ve never had any trust in a dentist before and Dr. McMillan gave me trust in dentistry again.”

The Top Questions About IV Sedation

Get quick answers from our Burke dentist.
  • Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

    Sedation is most suited for people with a genuine fear or anxiety that is otherwise preventing them from going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry may also be suitable for people who:

    • Have a low pain threshold
    • Cannot sit still
    • Have trouble getting or staying numb
    • Have extremely sensitive teeth
    • Have a severe gag reflex
    • Need a substantial amount of dental work

    Not sure if sedation dentistry is right for you? Give us a call to find out: 703-503-9490.

  • Can any dentist perform IV sedation?

    Most dentists can offer minimal sedation, including nitrous oxide or pills, and an increasing number of dentists can perform moderate levels of sedation.

    However, only a small portion of dentists who’ve completed the CODA program in deep sedation and general anesthesia are permitted to use these more sophisticated techniques.

    Each state’s dental board carefully regulates the use of sedation techniques. Many states require dentists to hold permits to perform sedation on any level. Dr. McMillan is licensed and certified for all forms, including IV sedation in Virginia.

  • What is SleepGuardian?

    SleepGuardian provides in-office sedation via physician anesthesiologists.

    These anesthesiologists are medical doctors with more than 12 years of education and 12,000+ hours of training in anesthesia care, critical care medicine, and pain, airway, and emergency management.

    By having IV sedation administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist, Dr. McMillian can focus solely on the treatment at hand. SleepGuardian will ensure you are comfortable, pain-free, and safe throughout the entire procedure.

    More Info About SleepGuardian

  • Is IV sedation safe?

    There’s always a risk when receiving anesthesia; however, when given by experienced and appropriately trained dentists, it’s normally very safe. Certain people, such as those who’re overweight or who have obstructive sleep apnea, should talk to their family doctor before undergoing sedation, as they are more likely to develop complications from the anesthesia.

    It’s essential to ensure that your dentist is not only trained but also qualified to offer the type of sedation you’ll be receiving.

    Before the procedure, your dentist should review your entire medical history. They should also determine whether you’re an appropriate candidate for sedation and get information about any medications you are currently using.

    You should ask what dosage of the sedative is suitable for your age, body-type, and health. You should also inquire whether it’s within the dosage recommended by the FDA.

    It is critical to find out how much training the dentist has, and how many procedures he or she has performed using sedation. In this case, more is better.

    You should receive a form listing the risks of the procedure. Go over it carefully with your dentist. Ask questions if you are unclear on any of the phrasings.

    Your dentist should monitor your vital signs during the procedure following the American Dental Association’s existing guidelines… This text opens a new tab to guidelines…. The dentist should also have oxygen, artificial ventilation, and drugs that can reverse the effects of sedation in case you need them.

Never Feel Scared Again with IV Sedation Dentistry

Contact us to schedule an appointment today. Your dream smile awaits!

Serving communities throughout Northern Virginia including:
  • Richmond

  • Alexandria

  • Washington DC

  • Fairfax

  • Chantilly

We Moved!


Our new office is located just across the parking lot:


Burke Centre Dental Arts

6045 Burke Centre Parkway, Suite 204

Burke, VA 22015


P.S. McMillan Sedation Dentistry is now Burke Centre Dental Arts! We're still the same great dentist and team you've come to know and trust, but we thought it was time our name better reflects all the dental services we offer under one convenient roof.


We also updated our website URL to smileeasy.com because that's what we do; help you smile easy, pain-free, and confidently.


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