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At RVA Periodontics and Dental Implant Center, we want every patient experience in our practice to be comfortable and stress-free. We understand the levels of dental anxiety are unique to every patient, which is why we offer sedation options.


Sedation uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. Under sedation, you will feel relaxed and may fall into a light sleep. This is often referred to as conscious sedation because you are awake, though in a state of depressed alertness. You will likely be able to maintain your own airway and respond to verbal or physical cues.

We offer mild options to reduce anxiety such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) OR a prescription medication can be taken prior to your appointment, such as Valium.

Under the supervision and guidance of a board-certified anesthesiologist, we also offer complete sleep dentistry. Anesthesia is administered intravenously and allows for a deeper level of sedation.


Before choosing between nitrous oxide or oral sedation, your dentist, Dr. Amin, will talk you through your options, with the goal of making your dental visits as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible. Your overall health, as well as physical and mental conditions are important to be able to safely undergo certain types of sedation.

Meet Our Anesthesiologist

Indra Tun, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA)

  • Board Certified Nurse Anesthesiologist since 2010

  • Member of American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA)

  • Certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

  • Over 10 years of experienced in hospital and office base anesthesia


What is Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA)

  • Indra works with periodontists, dentists and oral facial surgeons to provide safe outcome during the procedures. Indra’s only responsibility is safe sedation and vigilant monitoring of the patient, therefore, proceduralist can focus on dental care of the patients.

  • Indra makes sure to ease your anxiety and pain before and during the procedure.

  • When nurse anesthesiologist is available to continuously monitor the patient, she can focus on changes in the patient’s condition and intervene as necessary in emergent situations.

  • Our office uses the state-of-the-art monitoring and emergency equipment that is consistent with the nationally recognized standards and guideline.