Does the idea of going to the dentist make you anxious? Have you ever avoided the dentist even when you have a serious toothache? If so, you are not alone. It’s estimated that 20 percent of American adults have skipped out on going to the dentist out of fear. However, nitrous oxide treatment can help soothe your stress and help you get the dental care you need. Let’s examine why sedation dentistry in Sioux Falls is great for relieving anxiety.
What Is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a gas, made of nitrogen and oxygen, that causes mild sedation when breathed in. It’s also known as “laughing gas” due to the happy and aloof feeling patients get. This is because it slows down the body’s reaction time, causing a state of euphoria.
What Can I Expect During a Nitrous Oxide Treatment?
Your dentist will place a mask over your nose through which you will breathe the gas. It doesn’t take long for it to start working. During the treatment, you should experience no anxiety at all. Once the dental work is done, your dentist will administer oxygen through the mask to help clear the nitrous oxide from your system. The effects of the gas wear off fairly quickly, so you will be able to drive yourself home or back to work or school after your appointment. However, just to be sure you are completely alert, wait about 15 minutes after treatment is done to drive.
When Is Nitrous Oxide Treatment Recommended?
Although relaxation dentistry in Sioux Falls is typically used for patients with severe dental anxiety, it can also be recommended for patients who have:
- Sensitivity in their teeth or gag reflex
- A small mouth that becomes sore from receiving dental work
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Resistance to local anesthetic
How Can Nitrous Oxide Reduce Dental Anxiety for You and Your Kids?
Nitrous oxide causes a state of euphoria and reduces anxiety in anyone, regardless of age. If you’re an adult who has had bad experiences with dental work before, sedation dentistry can help you overcome that fear and receive the treatment you need worry-free. If you have kids who are afraid of the dentist (because, let’s face it, a lot of them are), then nitrous oxide can also help them become more comfortable in the dentist’s chair.
Even if you have only mild apprehension about getting dental work done, ask your dentist about nitrous oxide treatment. Just one appointment can help you become stronger than your anxiety.
About the Author
Dr. Brandon Wilcox achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 2018 to be closer to family, and joined the team at Family Dentistry of Sioux Falls to provide quality dental care for all his patients. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, so he is great at treating children. To learn more about how he can make your next dental appointment anxiety-free, click here or call (605)-339-0219.