Are you one of the millions of Americans that have moderate to severe dental anxiety? It is estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans, which is about 30 million to 40 million people, suffer from this anxiety. Luckily for those people, there is a brilliantly easy solution. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, takes away all dental-related anxieties and adds a bit of comfort to any dental procedure. Your friendly dentist at HomeTown Dental has the scoop on how much nitrous oxide can help.
The Effects of Nitrous Oxide
Laughing gas works in a number of ways to ease the process of having teeth cleaned or work done to preserve the integrity of your teeth. When this gas is inhaled, it creates feelings of euphoria and relaxation. The happy feelings most people experience when dosed with nitrous oxide are why the gas is commonly referred to as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide works to numb whatever pain might come from the dental procedure and ease the anxieties of the patient.
Rest Your Nerves, Not Your Eyes
It is a common fear amongst people with dental anxiety that nitrous oxide will put them to sleep. The thought of being unconscious during a procedure brings anxiety out in many people. Fortunately for those people, the laughing gas at HomeTown Dental is specially designed to numb any pain and keep you awake at the same time. While this gas can bring about certain feelings of intoxication during the procedure, the effects are completely gone within minutes of taking off the mask.
Whether you have dental anxiety or are going in for a serious procedure such as a root canal, nitrous oxide can be administered to add some comfort to your dental visit. Laughing gas will not only make the procedure easier on the patient, it can also make it much easier for the dentist to operate on a nervous patient. For more information on nitrous oxide, call or schedule an appointment with your friendly dentist at HomeTown Dental today.
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