Do you have a fear of going to the dentist? Perhaps you or one of your family members suffers from dental anxiety? Sometimes people with a sensitive gag reflex avoid the dentist because of a fear of choking. If you avoid going to the dentist at all costs, you should ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide helps reduce anxiety, helps control pain and allows it’s recipients to be relaxed in the dentist chair. This safe and popular form of anesthesia is effective and commonly used by reputable dentists.
Nitrous oxide is a colorless and almost odorless gas with a slightly sweet scent. Dental professionals have used nitrous oxide to help dental patients manage their dental fears for nearly 150 years. Often referred to as laughing gas, the way that nitrous oxide relieves dental anxiety is no laughing matter. This effective anesthesia option is easy for dentists to administer and simple for patients to receive. Even the most fearful of dental patients can receive relief from nitrous oxide. There are no shots and it is not uncomfortable to receive this form of sedation dentistry. While sitting in a dental chair, a dentist places a small mask over the patient’s nose and the gas is slowly administered while the patient breathes regularly. Once inhaled, a patient begins to instantly feel relaxed, yet remains awake. A patient under nitrous oxide is able to communicate with their dentist, while remaining in an extremely relaxed state.
The beauty of nitrous oxide is even though it is extremely effective during a dental procedure; the affects of the gas quickly wear off once the mask is removed. Patients who receive nitrous are able to function perfectly, drive themselves home or back to work after their procedure or appointment. Nitrous oxide is a proven method for reducing dental anxiety.
If you fear going to the dentist, find a dentist like Dr. Mitzi Morris who offers sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide. With sedation dentistry you can relax at the thought of achieving a worry free beautiful smile.