January 7, 2014
Many people find themselves uneasy when it comes to making a visit to the dentist. Whether it be for something as routine as a cleaning or as intense as having a cavity filled, the fact remains that not many people enjoy going to the dentist. As a result, many dental offices that truly care about their patients’ comfort have begun to offer sedation dentistry and laughing gas dentistry options. This can be a great way for patients to take the edge off and enjoy a less stressful visit to the dentist’s office.
Laughing gas is offered at Johnston Dental Care as a way of calming anxious patients safely and with effects that are temporary. This type of sedation dentistry is also commonly referred to as nitrous oxide dentistry, as this is the specific type of gas used on the patient. The process works by simply placing a mask over the patient’s mouth and nose; from there, the necessary amount of nitrous oxide is released into the mask through a tube. The calming effects are instantaneous and can be reversed at the end of the dental visit by simply administering a steady stream of oxygen through the mask for five to 10 minutes.
Many people enjoy the fact that nitrous oxide is extremely fast acting, relieving anxiety in just moments. Furthermore, since it is administered through a gas mask, there are no IVs or shots necessary for the patient to receive its calming effects. With this type of sedation, the dental experience can be very enjoyable. Also, there are no human allergies to laughing gas, making the risk for side effects very slim, and the patient can typically drive home after treatment.
Laughing gas dentistry is a great option for those who suffer from a phobia or anxiety about going to the dentist. While there are typically no adverse side effects to using nitrous oxide as a calming agent, Dr. Johnston and his skilled staff will communicate throughout the dental procedure to ensure the patient does not experience any nausea or other complications. Many children over the age of 12 are also possible candidates for nitrous oxide dentistry. Overall, this form of sedation dentistry can be a great option for those who have severe anxiety over going to the dentist.
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