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Overcome the Fear of the Dentist with Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Does the thought of a dentist scraping your teeth scare the living daylights out of you? Would you rather tolerate a nagging toothache than set foot in a dental clinic? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you could have dental anxiety. Unfortunately, if you have dental anxiety, you may not receive the dental care you deserve, jeopardizing your oral health.

The good news is that a dentist in Mesquite, Texas, can help you overcome the fear of the dentist. At North Mesquite Dental Group, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to enable patients with dental phobia to achieve proper dental care without provoking panic attacks.

How Does Laughing Gas Work?

Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas used by dentists to calm the nerves of fearful patients. Unlike other sedation options, laughing gas doesn’t involve injections or pills. The treatment is delivered via a mask, allowing the gas to take effect immediately.

Laughing gas does not put you to sleep. You remain awake throughout the treatment and can respond to the dentist’s instructions. The best way to explain the effect of laughing gas is that you are vaguely aware of what is happening around you but remain untroubled.

Once the patients put the mask on, they feel relaxed, and the dentist can work on them without much hassle. Once the treatment is over, we reduce the amount of nitrous oxide and increase the level of oxygen. This way, the sedation effects wear off within minutes after use.

Benefits of Laughing Gas

Would you like to overcome dental anxiety? Laughing gas is a great option. Dr. Tina Foss recommends laughing gas because it yields many benefits, including:

  • It’s ideal for patients of all ages
  • The patient remains awake during treatment
  • It doesn’t involve injections
  • It’s fast and easy to administer
  • It wears out quickly

Like most treatments, laughing gas isn’t devoid of side effects. Patients may feel nauseated during treatment; we advise patients to refrain from eating or drinking a few hours before treatment. Also, some patients may feel claustrophobic once the mask is on, but this feeling goes away after a few minutes.

Overcoming the Fear of the Dentist with Laughing Gas

Is dental fear barring you from achieving your dental care goals? There is a way out. Laughing gas from North Mesquite Dental Group can help you win the battle against dental anxiety. To find out if you are a good candidate for laughing gas, please dial (972) 619-7763 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Tina Foss.