Does going to the dentist make you nervous? You and many other people across the United States have some degree of dental phobia. In fact, some people damage their oral and systemic health because they stop going to the dentist altogether. Dr. Angela C. Ruff, Fayetteville, NC nitrous oxide dentist, understands and offers ways to help individuals get the care they need.
Why do people fear the dentist?
Research reveals many reasons why people are afraid to go to the dentist. Among them are:
- Fear of needles and other sights and sounds of a dental office
- Embarrassment over how their teeth look
- Sensitive gag reflexes
- Sensitive teeth
- Inability to sit still or hold the mouth open for long periods of time
- Past bad experiences with dentists or other medical professionals
Dr. Angela Ruff and her team at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry understand. They strive to create the most relaxed and welcoming atmosphere possible at their 28311 dentist’s office. Plus, Dr. Ruff delivers state of the art sedation dentistry options, including nitrous oxide, to ensure patient relaxation and comfort during any or all procedures.
Which sedation option is best for you?
Dr. Ruff offers 2 reliable sedation options: nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, and moderate oral or IV sedation. She carefully assesses each patient’s oral and overall health, including medical history and current medications, before offering any sedatives.
Nitrous oxide is a very popular option. Used for generations by dentists and doctors to instill a feeling of calm, and even happiness, with minimal side effects, nitrous oxide relaxes anxious patients so they can receive their dental care. Administered via inhaler, laughing gas may be turned up or down as needed and wears off quickly when shut off. Patients sometimes feel giddy or even giggly while under its influence–hence the name, “laughing gas.” After treatments are completed, the patient may drive himself home from his dental visit with no lingering drug “hangover.”
Moderate oral sedation consists of well-known pills such as Valium, Halcion, Ativan and others. Administered pre-appointment or chairside, these tranquilizers allow a patient to relax, sometimes to the point of falling asleep. The individual is easily awakened afterwards but may not remember having his work done. A friend or family member must drive the individual home.
Fayetteville, NC sedation dentist, Dr. Angela Ruff administers moderate IV sedation through a needle in the arm. She monitors the patient’s vital signs during treatment and adjusts the medication as needed. The patient often sleeps during treatment, and like oral sedation, the drug often wipes out the memory of the dental work. IV sedation requires an escort home from the dental office.
You can relax at the dental office
If you require a little help in getting your dental check-ups, cleanings and restorative work done in a calm, relaxed way, look to your sedation dentist in Fayetteville, NC–Dr. Angela C. Ruff. Contact the office to arrange a sedation dentistry consultation.