Nitrous Oxide, Calming The Anxious Dental Patient

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Are you an anxious dental patient? Has fear of the dentist stopped you from getting regular check-ups and cleanings essential for good oral health? If so, you may not know about a safe and effective remedy for dental phobia called nitrous oxide.

Nitrous Oxide Facts

Nitrous oxide in designated by the World Health Organization as an “essential medicine” needed by all world health system to optimize medical care. Odorless and tasteless, nitrous oxide temporarily triggers release of dopamine, endorphins and other natural opioids regulated by brain receptors. Anesthetic effects of nitrous oxide is thought to be caused by the ability of the gas to stabilize activity of neurons.

After inhaling nitrous oxide, dental patients will feel euphoric, slightly disoriented and calm and relaxed. Sedative effects wear off within minutes after the dentist turns off the gas. In addition, nitrous oxide is the only type of oral anesthesia that allows dental patients to eat and drive after waiting 12 hours. Patients given oral or IV sedation before undergoing intensive dental procedures cannot eat or drive for 24 hours due to the risk of extended drowsiness, dizziness and nausea.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Children?

Not only is it safe for use by children but it is also the preferred method of dental sedation for anxious children receiving cleanings, fillings or extractions. If you have a child who is scared to visit the dentist, call your dentist to learn more about the benefits of nitrous oxide.

Neglecting your teeth and gum health is harmful to your overall health. Nitrous oxide can help you overcome your anxiety so you receive oral cleanings and treatments necessary for a healthy mouth and strong, white teeth. Contact the professionals at Dentistry on Carmel today!

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