How Nitrous Oxide Can Relieve Your Dental Anxiety

It is not uncommon to hear a patient express apprehension about coming in to see us. Often, it is the development of a nasty toothache that prompts dental care. For obvious reasons, we would like to help our patients avoid such a process. Dental care is most beneficial when it is obtained on a regular basis. In fact, routine checkups and cleanings can do a lot to reduce dental anxiety. Just imagine how nice it would be to see the dentist without the stress of a painful dental problem! If dental anxiety has been keeping you from the care you need, consider the value of sedation dentistry. In our Springfield office, that may involve nitrous oxide.

Nitrous Oxide for Quick Relief

Nitrous oxide was one of the first formal sedatives used in dentistry. This gas is combined with oxygen for gentle relaxation that can be safely sustained for the duration of a procedure. Nitrous oxide is delivered through a comfortable mask for quick relief from fear and anxiety. There is no need for an IV and very little wait time in between delivery and the onset of effects.

When you choose nitrous oxide as a sedative for dental care, you will breathe and swallow on your own. This sedative does not cause sleep or a state of nonconsciousness; it simply relaxes the mind and body so that external stimulation – the sounds of dental instruments or the dental staff – does not stress the nervous system.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

There are multiple options for dental sedation available in our Springfield office. Because oral conscious sedation has received a lot of attention in recent years, patients may have the impression that this method is somehow more efficient. It isn’t. Every person has unique needs, which is why we offer more than one choice of sedation dentistry. In many cases, nitrous oxide is the ideal selection due to:

  • Prompt effects on the central nervous system. Relaxation is felt within a minute or two.
  • Adjustments to the strength of sedative maintain the desired state of relaxation.
  • No after-effects linger after the dental appointment. Patients can drive and return to normal activities right away.
  • Sedation also diminishes the pain response, heightening the effects of the anesthetic.

Your comfort and peace of mind are important to us. Learn how sedation can help you get the dental care you need. Call (413) 781-7645.

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