Not everyone is comfortable with a visit to the dentist. While some people may be anxious about having a filling or a root canal, there are people who suffer from dental anxiety, or even a dental phobia. There can be a number of reasons for the anxiety. Some people feel uncomfortable in the chair. Others may not like the fact that the dentist or hygienist is so close to them. Others do not like someone else’s hands in their mouths. Some people are worried about the discomfort, while others may be self-conscious about the condition of their teeth.
No matter the source of a person’s anxiety, it is important to see the dentist twice a year for regular exams and cleanings. Staying away from the dentist for any reason can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other problems.
One way of making a dental appointment easier is through the use of nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered to the patient through a mask placed over the nose. Nitrous oxide has been used by dentists for years and is very safe. In fact, many dentists prefer it as a sedation method for children. With nitrous oxide, the patient is relaxed, but not unconscious. The patient can still communicate with the doctor and the staff if necessary. The effects of the gas wear off within minutes after it has been removed, and there are no lingering effects.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or a dental phobia, let the staff at Family Dental Associates know when you make your appointment. Dr. Mark Folks will be happy to talk to you about using nitrous oxide to help you relax during your procedure. If you live in the Miami, Oklahoma, area, call 918-542-3337 to schedule your visit.