Gentle Sedation Dentistry
If you feel anxiety when it comes to the dental office, you are not alone. Many of the Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and Siler City patients we treat at Royal Oak Dental Group report having some level of anxiety or stress when it comes to dental procedures. In some cases, patients can identify an experience that triggers their fear, but in many cases, their dental anxiety is completely unexplained.
No matter the cause of your dental anxiety, our team is committed to treating you with the highest level of care and compassion. We will make sure you are comfortable every step of the way –– we can even give you breaks, if needed.
When that is just not enough, we offer sedation dentistry to help take the anxiety out of your dental treatment. We currently offer three levels of sedation – nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral conscious sedation and IV sedation.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is the mildest form of sedation we offer, and we have found it to be very safe and effective. Our dental teams administer nitrous oxide, mixed with oxygen, through a mask, while you have your procedure. We can easily adjust the level of sedation based on your needs with just the turn of a valve, and take care to only administer nitrous oxide under the supervision of one of our dentists, because it is a sedative.
The gas creates feelings of euphoria and wellbeing, allowing you to relax during your appointment. Nitrous oxide leaves your body quickly, so you will be able to drive yourself home and resume your normal activities with no residual effects.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For our patients who suffer from greater dental anxiety, we offer oral conscious sedation. Oral sedation works by prescribing a sedative that you will take one hour prior to your appointment. Because it is a longer lasting sedative, you will need someone you trust to drive you to and from our office. We will also collect a full medical history and list of medications before your procedure to rule out any health concerns or drug interactions.
Oral sedation provides deep relaxation, while still allowing you to remain conscious and responsive. It may have an amnesic effect, and you will likely lose track of time, making your appointment feel shorter. Some of our patients feel so relaxed they even fall asleep! Oral sedation is also useful for patients who have longer treatment times that include multiple procedures. It makes your time in the chair less stressful and helps it to fly by.
For patients with extreme anxiety or who are facing lengthy or highly invasive appointments, we offer IV sedation, which is our most effective form of sedation dentistry. During your treatment, we will administer medication through an IV, adjusting your dose as needed. We will also continue to monitor your vitals to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your treatment.
Having IV sedation provides deep relaxation and, due to its amnesic effect, the majority of patients have no memory of the procedure at all. Since you will feel groggy after your appointment, you will need a ride home from your appointment.
Learn More About Dental Sedation at Royal Oak Dental Group
If you have an interest in nitrous oxide, oral sedation or IV sedation, we can give you information about their benefits and risks. Our doctors will work with you to ensure a positive dental experience. Call us today at any of our convenient locations to ask about our dental sedation options.
We are proud to serve patients in the Raleigh-Cary-Chapel Hill-Siler City area, including Apex, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Hillsboro, Durham, Morrisville, North Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest and Knightdale.