Up to 20% of Americans have a fear of going to the dentist. This fear can lead to them skipping routine check-ups and neglecting more serious dental matters, causing irreparable harm to their teeth, gums, and mouth. Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, can help patients overcome their dental anxiety in a safe and controlled manner.
Dr. Susan P. Anderson, DDS uses Nitrous Oxide in Rockford on a case-by-case basis to help patients relax in the exam chair.
What Is Nitrous Oxide? Nitrous Oxide is a safe and highly effective sedative. For dental procedures, it is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through the nose to help patients relax during exams and treatment. It is sometimes called laughing gas and is used to make patients more comfortable during dental procedures. It is not an anesthetic.
Is It Safe? Yes. Nitrous Oxide can help ease your anxiety and relax you during your exam. You will remain fully awake, able to talk, and respond to any questions or requests of the dental team. It is safe for use on children and adults.
What Are The Side Effects Of Nitrous Oxide?
Some patients report:
- Feeling light-headed,
- Tingling in their arms and legs,
- Heaviness in the arms and legs
In general though, you should feel calm and comfortable.
When Is Nitrous Oxide Used? Laughing gas can be used anytime a patient feels worried or anxious about their dental visit or procedure. It can be used for routine dental hygiene visits or for restorative or cosmetic procedures. It is a very quick and simple matter to secure the mask to the patient’s nose and before treatment begins.
Benefits Of Laughing Gas. Laughing gas is used to ease anxiety about the dental visit. It makes the visit less stressful for the patient and can allow the dentist to get the work done faster since patients are more relaxed and less fidgety.
Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back. Laughing Gas Can Help Ease Your Anxiety And Get You Back In The Exam Room
If fear of the dentist has held you back from making an appointment, contact Susan P. Anderson, DDS General Family Dentistry in Rockford and ask about Nitrous Oxide. Laughing gas may be just what you need to get over your fear and take back control of your dental health.
Call 815-623-1900 to schedule an appointment.