Going to the dentist is a stressful experience for most people on one level or another. Fortunately for those who suffer the effects of high anxiety over going to the dentist there are several types of sedation therapies that can help.
Nitrous oxide is often nicknamed “laughing gas,” or “sweet air.” It is actually a gas that is often used to relax a patient who is about to undergo a dental procedure. It is known to produce a sensation of well-being, making the patient feel like everything is right with the world.
The patient breathes the nitrous oxide in through a mask that is placed over his nose. After only a few minutes the gas will begin to take effect. Once the patient is totally relaxed the dentist can proceed at a steady pace.
Regrettably, nitrous oxide is not a pain killer so your dentist will still need to inject a local anesthetic to numb the area around the infected tooth, but at least you’ll be more receptive to it.
The effects of nitrous oxide are beneficial for both the dentist and his patient during a procedure and will subside shortly after the mask is removed. The bad news is that you will have to wait awhile for your numbness to go away, but the good news is that there are no after effects with nitrous oxide so you will be able to drive yourself home right after the procedure.
Your comfort and peace of mind is of the utmost importance at Southlands Dental in Aurora. Call the offices at 720-886-0606.