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Dental Appointment Anxiety? Nitrous Gas is an Alternative

Do you feel anxious thinking about visiting the dentist? Is that holding you back from proper dental care?

Well, we have great news! Did you know there are a few alternatives for dental appointment anxiety to help you more relaxed when visiting your dentist?

Aha! Today, we’ll be sharing information about the Nitrous Gas.

Nitrous Gas or the “Laughing Gas”

This is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax during certain procedures

It was first used this way in 1844, when a Connecticut dentist named Dr. Horace Wells tried it on himself while having a tooth extracted.

When used for mild (conscious) sedation, nitrous oxide may make you feel:

  • Relaxed
  • Warm
  • Pleasant
  • Happy or silly
  • Tingling in your hands and feet
  • Numbness in your mouth, feet or hands
  • Heaviness or lightness
  • Changes in the way you hear sounds
  • Sleepiness
  • A sense that everything is wonderful
  • Nausea
  • In rare cases, anxiety

Is it safe?

Yes. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes, you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy.

Is it safe for children?

Nitrous oxide is safe for children, but not all children will be able to receive it. Children must be able to put up with having the soft nose piece or mask placed over the nose. They also must be able to breathe through the nose and follow instructions from the dentist.

What information should I share with my dentist if I wish to try Nitrous Gas?

Well, it is very important you tell your dentist about all the medicines you take. This should include over-the-counter vitamins and herbal supplements. Also, let your dentist know if you have had a sensitive or allergic reaction to any medicine to avoid next dental appointments anxiety.

Let’s work together to keep those pearly whites happy and healthy!

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Crystal Smiles Team