We get it. Dentistry is not something that very many people actually look forward to. There is a percentage of the population, though, for whom dental visits are, well, like pulling teeth! Statistics show that it is likely that dental anxiety affects more than 20% of people, some to such an extent that they simply don’t see the dentist. As you may know, going without dental care can quickly lead to uncomfortable problems. It’s a vicious cycle, really. You don’t see the dentist . . . you get a cavity or infection. . . pain becomes worse and worse . . . you get the picture. This is no way to go through life. Patients of our office in Sherwood can have a different experience. They can breeze through dental visits with nitrous oxide on their side.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
This method of sedation involves administration of nitrous oxide gas via a comfortable fixture worn just over the nose. It is so small and discreet that it is even suitable for patients who may worry that they would feel claustrophobic. What is interesting is that, in modern dentistry, it is oral conscious sedation that seems to get all the attention. Nitrous oxide has been around since well before the 20th century, and it has its advantages over other forms of sedation. We are pleased to provide these benefits to our patients.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide and Sedation Dentistry
- Fast acting nitrous oxide begins to break down the walls of anxiety within seconds. After a minute or two of inhaling the gas, which is mixed with oxygen, even patients with moderate anxiety fade into a blissful state of relaxation.
- When we say blissful, we mean it! One of the fascinating aspects of nitrous oxide is that many patients’ fear and worry is replaced with happiness and sensations of euphoria.
- As one of the oldest forms of sedation, nitrous oxide has a proven track record of safety and efficacy. It is non-allergic, and it is not possible to overdose because patients remain conscious and communicative during care.