When you are going to the dentist it is normal to have a small amount of anxiety about your appointment. However, for some people going to the dentist can cause nearly paralyzing fear. They might go for weeks with tooth pain in order to avoid a dental visit. If this describes you or someone in your family, nitrous oxide might be the solution you need.
Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an effective and safe option to help you relax. Nitrous oxide is a sedative agent mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask placed over your nose. You will remain awake, so you’ll be able to respond to any directions from your dentist without feeling any of the fear and anxiety you might typically experience. Here at Drs. Batten & Heath Family Dentistry, our highly experienced and knowledgeable dentists always strive to put their patients at ease, so you can feel safe asking them any questions you may have and decide together if nitrous oxide is the best choice for your dental procedure.
There are other ways to help ease your nerves at the dentist. Here are just a few ideas:
- Breathing – Focus on breathing slowly and regularly.
- Music – Bring some earbuds so you can listen to calming music that makes you happy. You may want to make sure your volume is low enough you can still hear any requests from your dentist.
- Timing – If possible, try not to book your appointment in the middle of a busy day to give yourself time to relax a little before and after the appointment.
When you want a positive, pain-free and friendly dental experience, our office at Drs. Batten & Heath Family Dentistry is the best choice for you. Call us for an appointment today.