Dental anxiety is not uncommon. Some people may feel uneasy when it is time for their appointment or may have some anxiety over having a cavity filled or a root canal. Other people may experience severe anxiety or even develop a dental phobia over a routine cleaning and exam.
While dental anxiety is not out of the ordinary, it should not keep you from seeing the dentist. If you avoid your appointments, even out of fear, you run the risk of developing gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss.
If you are feeling anxious or uncomfortable about your upcoming dental visit, you should discuss using nitrous oxide with your dentist. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas is mixed with oxygen and delivered to the patient through a mask placed over the nose. As a result, the patient will feel relaxed and at ease during a procedure, but will not become unconscious. The patient can still communicate with the dentist and the dental staff if needed. The effects of the gas wear off quickly and do not linger. You will not have need any recovery time. Nitrous oxide has been used in many dentist’s office for years and is safe. In fact, many dentists prefer nitrous oxide as a sedation method for kids.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, don’t let it keep you from getting the dental care that you need. Talk to our dentist, Dr. Jun H Chung about your feelings, and ask about using nitrous oxide during your next appointment. If you would like to make an appointment at Lansdowne Dental Arts in Leesburg, Virginia, call 703-858-5990 today.