How Nitrous Oxide Can Ease Your Dental Fears
- posted: Sep. 11, 2018
Does the idea of visiting the dentist leave you feeling anxious? If so, sedation dentistry could help.
Feeling a bit nervous about your upcoming dental procedure? Do you wish there were a way for you to get the dental care your smile needs but without feeling the anxiety that bubbles up whenever you see the dentist? Our East Ellijay, GA, dentists are sensitive to their patients who need a little extra gentle care to feel at ease at the dentist’s office. Dental anxiety is very real, and we have a way to help alleviate the anxiety to experience a more comfortable and relaxing dental treatment.
What is nitrous oxide?
You probably know nitrous oxide by its fun nickname, “laughing gas”. This gas is mixed with oxygen and then administered through the nose before a dental procedure begins. The effects are almost immediate, helping the patient suddenly feel very relaxed and calm while remaining completely awake.
Under the effects of nitrous oxide you will still be able to hear what our East Ellijay, GA, general dentists are saying and you will be able to respond to any questions they ask but you won’t feel on edge or nervous. In fact, you should feel at ease the entire time. Most people say they experience a sense of euphoria while on nitrous oxide.
How long will the effects last?
One drawback to taking oral sedation before a dental procedure is that it takes up to one hour for the medication to take effect and once it has it can also cause a patient to feel very groggy and tired for hours afterwards, which means that you’ll need to have someone pick you up from the office and drive you home. You won’t be in any shape to drive yourself.
The benefit of getting nitrous oxide is that inhalation sedation takes effect right away. Once the mask is removed the sensation will wear off almost immediately, so often times you won’t need to have someone drive you home.
When should I consider nitrous oxide?
If you find yourself skipping out on the dental work that you need or you just fear getting a simple teeth cleaning then it might be time to consider whether nitrous oxide can help. It can be useful for patients undergoing everything from a routine checkup to a tooth extraction, and it is safe for patients of all ages.
Do you find yourself dealing with dental anxiety? Is it keeping you from getting the oral care you require? If so, call East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in East Ellijay, GA today to find out whether sedation dentistry could help you.
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