If the idea of visiting the dentist gives you a cold chill down your spine, you aren’t alone. Many people experience dental anxiety or even fear at the prospect of settling into the dentist’s chair. Whether it is a root canal or just a routine cleaning and exam, some people are just not comfortable at the dentist. Skipping your dental appointments may make you feel better for a while. But if you put off seeing the dentist, you run the risk of cavities, gum disease, damaged teeth or even an abscess.
One of the ways that you can deal with your dental discomfort is by having your dentist give you nitrous oxide during your procedure. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. As you inhale the gas, you will become relaxed, but you will not be unconscious.
You will remain aware of what is taking place, and you and the dentist can still communicate with one another if necessary. Unlike other forms of sedation, nitrous oxide wears off quickly after it has been removed. There are no lasting effects, and you can drive yourself home after your procedure. Nitrous oxide is very safe and has been used in many dental practices for years. Some dentists prefer it for the sedation of children.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, by all means, let our dentist Dr. Alan and Cory Andrews know, and they will be happy to work with you to find a solution. If you live in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, area and would like to make an appointment at Crabtree Dental Center, you can call 719-599-7453 today and we’ll get started on your healthy smile!