Dental Fear, anxiety and nitrous (aka laughing gas)

How many people are scared to go to the dentist?  According to wikipedia- The estimate is that up to 75% of US adults experience some degree of dental fear, from mild to severe.  For some this stops them from going to the dentist until they are in great pain, for others it makes you loose sleep the night before your appointment.  Avoiding dental care creates issues not only in your mouth with unresolved fillings, crowns, bridges, gum disease and tooth loss but also affects your entire body.  Heart disease, Alzheimer’s, strokes, diabetes, miscarriages, low birth weight babies and preterm births.  All these conditions and events are worsened by dental disease and in some cases such as heart disease and miscarriages, low birth weight babies and preterm births there are studies that show that dental disease can cause them to happen.

So how can we make going to the dentist not such a horrible experience?  With nitrous!  Not only does it help to totally relax you but you can drive home right after the appointment.  Nitrous, laughing gas,  decreases anxiety and also decreases any pain you may feel.  So why not use Nitrous Oxide, laughing gas, when you get your teeth cleaned to help decrease anxiety, sensitivity of the cleaning, polishing, flossing and even the exam!

Who can use Nitrous Oxide?  Pretty much anyone! There are a few situations where Nitrous is not optimal so call your dental care provider and ask them if you can, most people are fine on Nitrous.

Had a bad experience with nitrous?  Almost all bad experienced people have had with nitrous are because of the provider giving too high a dose.  If your dental provider starts out at the minimal dose and slowly adjusts to your comfort level negative side effects can be completely avoided!

All of our patients have the option to select using Nitrous Oxide as part of their cleaning or dental appointment.  Please call us if you would like to make an appointment! We’d love to see you! 734-485-2200

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