Sedation dentistry helps take the anxiety out of getting dental work.
Here at Blue Wolf Dental we understand that having dental work can be a nerve racking experience. However, there is no need to worry if you find yourself feeling this way as it is a common feeling among most of the population. About 75% of the population has some form of anxiety about seeing the dentist. Of these people, 20% percent of them will only see the dentist if they are having extreme pain and 5% will avoid the dentist at all cost. As a way of making dental care an option for anxious patient, we have several sedation dentistry options available for our patients. These options include nitrous oxide (aka “laughing gas”), oral sedation, and even intravenous conscious sedation (aka “IV sedation”). With these sedation options we can make dentistry a relaxing experience for our most anxious patients or even patients that just want a long appointment to seem like it went by a lot faster.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas) is a drug that has been used in dentistry safely for many years. Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen to provide patients with a mild sedative effect in order to make dental treatment more comfortable. Patients often report a light tingling feeling as well as an altered sense of time from nitrous oxide. Listening to relaxing music can also enhance nitrous oxide sedation. Some patients love the feeling and feel very comfortable, while others require something more tranquilizing to get the comfort they need. In general, patients who have had traumatic dental or life experiences that have left a lasting memory are more comfortable with something that will relax them more than nitrous oxide alone.
Though nitrous oxide is a very safe medication, it is not indicated for all patients. Nitrous oxide is not indicated for patients that have emphysema, multiple sclerosis, chest problems, have a cold, conditions that cause difficulty breathing, or pregnant. You may want to ask your dentist for a “5 minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.