What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and completely effective way to help anxious patients feel relaxed. With sedation, you drift into a deeply relaxed state while Dr. Ruff completes your dental treatment. We insure your safety by utilizing a state of the art pulse oximeter and a blood pressure monitoring system and amplified pretracheal sedation stethoscope throughout the sedated appointment. After your appointment, you will have little memory of the treatment. Sedation may be necessary for people who are especially nervous, have a strong gag reflex, experience difficulty getting numb, or need to undergo extensive or complex dental procedures. When you request sedation, Dr. Ruff may recommend one of the following options:
You may already know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. With this option, you simply breathe a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide through a small inhaler. Many patients like to use nitrous oxide since it keeps them calm during their appointment and leaves their system a few minutes after they stop breathing it. One great advantage of this form of sedation is that it is not necessary to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
If a deeper level of sedation is needed, Dr. Ruff may recommend oral sedation. Before your appointment, Dr. Ruff will have you take a series of sedative pills. During your treatment, you will be awake and relaxed but consciously sedated while Dr. Ruff is treating you. Once your appointment is over, you will need someone you trust to escort you home since you will still be under the effects of the sedation.
When you elect to receive sedation for a particular treatment, a member of Dr. Ruff’s administrative team will schedule an initial consultation with you to inquire about your health and carefully listen to any of your concerns. If you want to know how sedation can help you, contact Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry at (910) 672-6814 for more information.
Think it’s impossible to relax at the dentist’s office? Reliable intravenous (IV) sedation techniques let you rest comfortably while receiving the dental care you need and want. If fear of the dentist keeps you from necessary treatment, ask us about IV sedation to ease you through any procedure.
IV sedation can alleviate severe anxiety and phobias to make any dental procedure pleasant. In addition, patients with sensitive gag reflexes or those with TMJ or other neuromuscular disorders that make it hard to keep their mouths open for long periods of time often benefit from IV sedation. We will consult with you to determine your anxiety level and decide whether IV sedation is safe for you based on medical history and present health conditions.
The sedative dosage we administer correlates to the intensity of your anxiety or discomfort. IV sedation allows us unprecedented control over relaxation levels, so we can tailor the sedation to your specific needs. Depending on the amount of sedative you receive, you will feel extremely relaxed and drowsy. Patients remain conscious and can respond to questions but do not experience extreme nervousness or discomfort, remembering little about the appointment afterward.
As with any procedure we perform, your physical safety remains one of our top concerns. To prepare for an appointment in which you will receive IV sedation, do not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to your procedure except for prescription medications, unless advised otherwise. While you are under sedation, we closely monitor blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. You must arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home from your appointment and remain with you until drowsiness wears off. You should be able to resume normal activities the day after the appointment.