When it comes to scheduling a trip to the dentist, many patients find themselves feeling a bit anxious – even if they’ve had good experiences in the past. Then, some patients find themselves feeling extreme dental anxiety. Whoever you are and whatever your experiences have been, we encourage you to let us know how you are feeling. As a result, we may offer nitrous oxide, so you can enjoy extremely calm, relaxing dental care without letting your nerves get the best of you. Curious about this sedation dentistry option? Allow us to tell you about a few exciting facts.
Fact #1: It’s Also Called “Laughing Gas”
Have you ever wondered why nitrous oxide is called laughing gas? The answer is pretty simple. Many patients discover after receiving this sedative that they feel euphoric, which leads them to feel like everything is just a bit funny. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy your experience at our practice, feeling amused and at ease is certainly a wonderful approach.
Fact #2: It’s Safe Enough For (Almost) Everyone
Patients often ask whether they qualify for treatment – the answer is usually, “Yes.” We will, of course, need to ensure you are in good health and ask about other medications you take. For the most part, however, this gentle yet effective sedative is typically safe for patients of all ages and all levels of anxiety.
Fact #3: It Works and Wears Off Quickly
You will inhale nitrous oxide through a comfortable mask that will be placed over your nose. All you have to do is continue breathing as you usually do. The sedative will take effect quite quickly, which means your anxiety will almost immediately melt away. Good news: It wears off just as fast. The result? You can leave our practice on your own and head back to your plans without worrying about a ride home.