If the thought of visiting your dentist makes you anxious and impacts your daily life, you may be surprised to know that you’re not alone. In fact, a study conducted in June of 2015 showed that this is a widespread issue among people of all ages. Dental anxiety can pose a serious problem for both patients and dentists alike, which is why at Green Hills Dental Center, we offer sedation. These techniques can help you relax and remain calm during your treatment so you can get the care you need without having it gravely impact your mental health. To find out how we can help you, don’t hesitate to contact our team!
Does the thought of having dental tools shuffled around in your mouth make your body tense up? Waiting until the last minute to visit your dentist for treatment can put your oral health at serious risk. With sedation dentistry, we can help patients who would rather avoid getting the care they need feel comfortable and at ease. This way, they won’t have to worry about small problems progressing into severe ones. Using nitrous oxide, you’ll can remain awake and responsive without being full of fear. This way, your sedation dentist in Green Hills can take proper care of your teeth and gums.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is one of the most common forms of sedation. It places patients in a euphoric state and minimizes sensitivity to pain during the treatment. The gas is inhaled through a small mask that is placed over your nose. We’ll be able to easily adjust the dosage through the procedure to help you maintain optimal relaxation.
This gas helps slow down your body and brain’s responses and allows you to feel relaxed. You may also experience small fits of laughter (hence the name “laughing gas”). During your procedure, you’ll remain alert and responsive, but sound may seem distorted.
There are a few factors that go into how long the effects of the gas will last, like your size, how much you inhaled, and whether you’ve eaten. Typically, these will dissipate soon after we remove the mask, and you can carry on with your day. Some additional short-term effects you may notice include dizziness, fatigue, and nausea, but these typically will go away once you regain alertness.
Seeing a sedation dentist in Green Hills has countless benefits for patients who experience fear or anxiety. Good candidates for nitrous oxide can also include patients who have:
You can learn more about our services by visiting our office or contacting us. Our caring and compassionate team would be more than happy to help answer your questions. Dr. James Kirby is dedicated to making patients feel comfortable so they can receive high-quality, worry-free dental care.