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If you feel anxiety when it comes to the dental office, you are not alone. Many of the RaleighCary, 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.

IV Sedation

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.

Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to provide a full scope of dental health services to patients from Raleigh, Cary, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Hills, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Morrisville, NC, as well as the greater Triangle area.
Click Here: COVID-19 & Office Updates

Dear Patient:
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we all collectively do our best to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these challenging times. Because the health and safety of our patients and community is paramount, it has been necessary to limit our patient care to urgent and emergency care over these last few months.

As we have closely followed recommendations from the North Carolina Dental Board, CDC, and other reputable health organizations, we recognize the importance of regional-specific guidance based on the most comprehensive, accurate, and current scientific literature and data available. While community guidelines may continue to evolve, we must continue to make our treatment decisions based on the best knowledge available. It is our job to help improve the health of our patients by approaching comprehensive dental treatment PROACTIVELY, not just reacting after the compromise has become irreversible in nature.

With this in mind, we have made the decision to safely reopen our doors to ALL PATIENTS beginning Monday, May 11th. This means routine dental care, such as cleanings and simple restorations, will resume. When you come to our office you will notice the following elevated measures and precautions that we believe are necessary to maintain until we emerge from this COVID-19 environment (and likely thereafter):  

  • Sanitation stations in the front desk/waiting area
  • Anti-microbial Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses before the start of each appointment
  • Hi-Evacuation suction for hygiene appointments to minimize cavitron-related aerosols
  • Patient entrance doors will remain open to reduce contact 
  • Mandatory pre-screening questionnaire over the phone when appointments are confirmed and upon arrival to the office, in addition to temperature checks of ALL STAFF and PATIENTS
  • Patients will wait in their vehicles until their appointment begins
  • Limited access to patient waiting areas and operatories whenever possible (e.g. restricted to patients, parents of young children, translators, service animals, special needs assistance, etc.)
  • Enhanced social distancing measures throughout the office 

This is not the first crisis that we have endured as a state or as a nation, and we look forward to overcoming this event better, stronger and more resilient than ever before. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your oral health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and let us know if there is anything we can do to better serve you.
Royal Oak Dental Group