Not everyone feels comfortable visiting the dentist. While some people will arrive at the office relaxed and even looking forward to their appointment, other people start dreading their vist weeks in advance, and on the day of their procedure, they are a bundle of nerves.
If you are someone who is apprehensive, or even fearful when it comes to a trip to the dentist, you aren’t alone. Many people suffer from dental anxiety, and even dental phobia. However, if you skip appointments, or avoid the dentist because of anxiety or fear, you are putting yourself at risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
One of the ways that we can help your relax during your procedure is through the use of nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, which is more commonly known as laughing gas, has been widely used in dental offices for many years. It is safe, and effective. In fact, for many dentists, it is the preferred sedative for children.
Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and delivered to the patient through a mask placed over the nose. Under the effects of nitrous oxide, a patient becomes relaxed, but is not unconscious. The patient is still aware of what is taking place and can communicate with the dentist if they need to do so. The effects of nitrous oxide do not linger after the gas has been removed, and there is no need for any recovery time.
If fear or anxiety is keeping you from your regular exam and cleaning, or from having treatment for a problem, talk to our dentist, Dr. Ghina Morad about using nitrous oxide during your procedure. To make an appointment with Dr. Ghina Morad in San Carlos, California, call (650)592-6396 today.