Dental Anxiety and Nitrous

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety. The reality, however, is very different.  The comfort, relaxation and happiness of the patient are the ultimate goal of any good dental practice.  The staff at our practice will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, diminish fears and provide painless, quick treatments.

Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:

  • Fear of embarrassment about the condition of teeth.
  • Fear of gagging.
  • Fear of injections.
  • Fear of loss of control.
  • Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain.
  • Fear of pain.
  • Fear of the dentist as a person.
  • Fear of the hand piece (or the drill).

How can one overcome dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming.  It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid.  Receiving regular dental check ups and cleanings is incredibly important. Having regular routine check ups is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex treatments.

We do our best to help patients overcome their dental anxiety. We believe in taking the time and informing each patient about every step of their procedure. We administer enough novacaine to achieve profound anasthesia, and give nitrous oxide if needed, to provide comfortable and worry free dental treatment.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” can be used as a mild sedative.  It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure.  Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being.  Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure.  In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.

If you have questions or concerns about dental anxiety or the use of nitrous oxide, please contact the office.