Dental phobias are something very frequent among patients. Anyone would like to have a diva smile, but without sitting on the dentist’s chair, eventually. However, in recent years, new techniques have been developed, and going to the dentist’s is not as painful anymore.
There are several sedation dentistry options available, which allow you to fear the dentist less and not feel like a sacrifice when you visit them. Maintaining and improving the health of your teeth is much easier now, because your stress about dental appointments is considerably alleviated.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas, as it is also called, is a sedative that reduces your sensitivity to pain when breathed in. It produces a warm, relaxing feeling, and you will be able to bear dental treatments without experiencing the usual anxiety, fear or nervousness.
This sedative must be closely monitored while it is administered. When the mask is removed, the effects of the sedative occur within a short time, 3-5 minutes typically. The doctor can adjust the amount of sedative throughout the treatment, in order to provide you with the optimum comfort. Nitrous oxide also eliminates or at least minimizes the gag reflex that certain patients experience.