Nitrous Oxide

For many people, a visit to the dentist can be a frightening, stress filled experience.  While dentistry has changed significantly and patient comfort levels have improved dramatically over the years, many people harbor fears and anxiety rooted in their past experiences.  Our office incorporates many strategies to help keep you comfortable and to maximize your experience.  A complete explanation of planned treatment and of what to expect helps to reduce the fear of the unknown.  Regardless, some people are still anxious and may prefer to utilize a mild sedative.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, is a very safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and increase your comfort.  It is blended with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose.  The gas takes affect very quickly to produce a calm, comfortable, relaxed feeling.  At the end of the appointment, breathing pure oxygen for about five minutes eliminates the nitrous oxide from your system.  There are very few side effects with nitrous oxide and you are back to normal and able to drive safely when you leave the office.  Ask us if you have any questions or are interested in trying nitrous oxide.