Studies reveal that anxiety and fear increase the perception of pain. If you are already an anxious dental patient, that may NOT be what you want to read. For our mildly anxious patients, we provide nitrous oxide (NO) gas to help ease their anxiety during treatment.
What can nitrous oxide do for you?
Whether or not nitrous oxide will help you depends on the level of you anxiety. If you have a dental phobia (an extreme, debilitating terror of the dentist), then nitrous oxide will not be strong enough to overcome your anxiety. However, if you are mildly to moderately anxious, the use of NO could really help ease your fears.
NO is administered through a mask placed over your nose. Any sort of side effects are very rare, but occasionally patients will experience nausea. If you feel nauseous at any time during treatment, tell us immediately.
The advantage of nitrous oxide over oral sedation is that there are no lingering affects. You can resume your regular activities within minutes after cessation of treatment, including driving yourself home from your appointment.
Even if you are only mildly anxious about dental appointments, it may cause you to delay treatments, or skip routine cleanings that are so important for maintaining good dental health. Doesn’t it help to know that there is we can help you overcome your fear? If you are a nervous or anxious dental patient, just talk to us. We can work together to find ways to ease your fear.