Conquer Your Gag Reflex with IV Sedation in Fayetteville, NC

July 16, 2018

Filed under: Sedation Dentistry — Tags: — Dr. Angela Ruff @ 12:40 am

woman giving thumbs up at dentistThe American Dental Association recommends that everyone sees their dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup to keep their smile healthy. Although you know that you should go, you avoid scheduling appointments because you have a strong gag reflex. At the slightest touch, the reflex kicks in, making it seem impossible to maintain your dental care. Did you know that you do have an option to help you overcome it? With IV sedation in Fayetteville, NC, you can visit your dentist without having to worry about the gagging.
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Fayetteville, NC dentist offers nitrous oxide or moderate sedation

April 4, 2016

Relax during dental work with nitrous oxide or moderate sedation. Fayetteville, NC dentist, Dr. Angela C. Ruff, helps you choose the best medication.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. (more…)

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

October 17, 2014

78188806Oral cancer can develop in any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, sinuses, and throat. Risk factors for developing oral cancer include excessive use of tobacco products or alcohol and the contraction of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Treatment is available, but oral cancer can be deadly if not detected and treated early.  Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer with 42,000 new cases reported each year. The earlier oral cancer is detected and treated, the better the survival rate. During a routine checkup, about 10% of patients may have an abnormality discovered that should be tested for oral cancer. The dentist may take tissue for testing or send you to a specialist. Dr. Ruff performs oral cancer screenings as part the regular checkup for Fayetteville, NC patients. Oral cancer screenings are just one of the many reasons you should visit Dr. Ruff at Ascot Aesthetics regularly.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

During an oral cancer screening, the dentist examines the inside of your mouth as well as your head and neck for any unusual lumps, bumps, swelling, growths or discoloration. Common symptoms include white or red patches in your mouth or on your lips, repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat, and difficulty swallowing or persistent hoarseness. Growths or sores in the mouth that last longer than two weeks and won’t go away should be examined immediately. The leading cause of oral cancer is the HPV virus. HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers typically develop in the throat at the base of the tongue and near or on the tonsils, making them difficult to detect without regular examinations. Although HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage, people with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of dying or having recurrence than those with HPV-negative cancers.

Oral Cancer Detection in Fayetteville, NC

If oral cancer is detected, treatment options include a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy depending on the stage of development of the cancer. Patients treated in early stages may have little in the way of post-treatment disfigurement. However, for those whose cancer is caught at a later stage, the results of surgical removal of the disease may require reconstruction of portions of the oral cavity or facial features, adjunctive therapy required to assist in speech and chewing foods, problems associated with the lack of salivary function, as well as the fabrication of dental or facial prostheses. For all these reasons and more it’s vitally important to schedule regular dentist visits. Contact Dr. Ruff at Ascot Aesthetics today for your next appointment. Dr. Ruff proudly serves patients in Fayetteville, NC Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.

More Relaxed Dental Visits with Sedation Dentistry

July 18, 2014

shutterstock_110076917One of the most interesting things about people is the kinds of fears they have. Some people are afraid of heights while others are afraid of spiders. Though it may seem irrational to some, every person is unique in that way. One fear that many people share is a fear of the dentist. They may not like the sounds or equipment associated with a dental visit, and it can prevent them from having the dental work they need done. For those who have a fear of the dentist, Dr. Angela Ruff is able to put their fears to rest by offering sedation dentistry to her patients.

We have a few options for our patients when it comes to which sedation they would prefer. The first is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. With this form of sedation, we simply put a mask over your nose, and you breathe in an oxygen and nitrous oxide mixture. This will be able to relax you, and you will not feel any pain. The effect of the sedation goes away once the mask is removed, so you are free to go about your day. The second option we have is oral sedation, which involves taking a series of pills prior to your appointment. You will remain awake while your dental work is being performed, and will experience deep relaxation. You will need to have a trusted love one bring you home after your appointment, as the effects of the sedation will still be active.

We also offer IV sedation for our patients that experience severe anxiety when at a dentist’s office. We will administer the right amount of sedation according to your anxiety level, all the while keeping your physical safety in mind. When you are under the effects of the sedation, we will closely monitor your blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate.

If you feel as though you can benefit from sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Ruff and schedule a consultation. We want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible when visiting our office, and we would love to help!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. We are happy to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs! Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Sedation Dentistry from Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry

January 16, 2014

Every year, a surprising number of patients avoid dental care because of anxiety. Other patients avoid it because of a sensitive gag reflex or because they have trouble getting numb. Regardless of the reason, though, no one should avoid care—a healthy smile is too important for overall health and wellbeing.

To help her patients overcome anxiety and other barriers, Dr. Ruff of Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry offers three effective forms of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Oral Conscious Sedation
  • IV Sedation

Each one of them work in a different way, but they can all help patients achieve the desired goal of a more relaxing experience.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is breathed in through a mask and acts quickly to help patients achieve a comfortable, stress-free state. What’s more, it also wears off quickly, allowing patients to drive themselves home after their visit with Dr. Ruff.

Oral conscious sedation creates pleasant, relaxing feelings with a prescription sedative you’ll take before your appointment begins. This option is good for patients with higher levels of anxiety, or who need to get multiple procedures done in a single visit. Oral sedation doesn’t wear off as quickly as nitrous oxide, though. That means you’ll need to have a friend or family member with you to drive you home afterwards.

IV sedation is also good for advanced anxiety or patients who need comprehensive care. It allows us to very precisely control how relaxed you are, bu, like oral conscious sedation, also takes time to wear off. IV sedation is a safe and very popular choice for patients with dental anxiety.

Do you want to know more about sedation dentistry and whether it will help you? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry today for an appointment with Dr. Ruff. We serve patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.