Fear of the dentist is very common, and dental anxiety is very real. We understand that. Nitrous oxide is one tool that we use to help our patients get past the anxiety. For those with extreme fear or phobia, something a little stronger may be required, but for most people, nitrous oxide can be extremely effective in helping to relieve the stress and anxiety that can be associated with a visit to the dentist.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a sedative gas that is mixed with oxygen to help relieve stress during dental and medical procedures. When breathed, it acts as a mild relaxant, and it can be very helpful for those who find dental treatment stressful. When properly administered, nitrous oxide is safe, convenient, and comfortable.
Once the procedure is complete, your dentist will give you oxygen to breathe. This will clear you head, and unlike with other sedatives, you will quickly be able to continue your day as you normally would. After nitrous oxide you will be able to drive yourself home, return to work, or take part in other day-to-day activities.
Pros and Cons of Nitrous Oxide
The key advantage of nitrous oxide is its ability to help patients relax without the lingering effects of other sedatives.
A possible side effect of nitrous oxide is nausea, however, it is considered to be rare, and most likely to occur only when the gas is given at a very high dosage.
Your comfort and relaxation is extremely important to the professionals at Forth and Bender Dental Arts. Dr. Bender will be happy to talk with you about all of your options for having a stress free dental visit. Contact our office today and our staff will arrange a convenient time for a consultation.