It is not uncommon for some people to fear a trip to the dentist. Some people may be uncomfortable with someone in such close proximity to them. Others may not like another person’s hands in their mouths. Still others may not like the feeling of a loss of control while sitting in the chair, or they may be concerned about potential discomfort. Other people may be embarrassed about the condition of their teeth.
Be that as it may, avoiding the dentist for any reason can lead to problems such as cavities, tooth loss, gum disease and other health issues.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas is a very safe method of sedation that has been used for years in many dental practices. In fact, it is so safe that many dentists prefer it for sedating children.
Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered to the patient through a mask placed over the nose. The patient will be relaxed but not unconscious. The patient can still communicate with the doctor and the staff if necessary. Furthermore, nitrous oxide does not have any lasting effects. The gas begins to wear off within minutes after it has been removed. There is no recovery time and patients can drive themselves home after the procedure.
If you have a dental appointment coming up soon, or you have been avoiding the dentist because of dental anxiety, you should talk with our dentist, Dr. Brock Barras about using nitrous oxide during your next visit. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Barras Family Dentistry in Lafayette, Louisiana, call (337) 443-4912 today.