Being comfortable at the dentist’s is an important part of the experience for patients, especially those who suffer from anxiety when they go to the dentist. Thankfully, AVA Dentistry is your local laughing gas dentist in Brantford. We are here to make your experience as pleasant as possible, thanks to nitrous oxide as part of our sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry treatments.
Sedation dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the best ways to keep patients comfortable while they undergo dental procedures. Since not every dental procedure needs local anesthesia and some people don’t like being put under for routine care, it’s important to have other means to help patients relax and minimize pain. That is the role of sedation dentistry, to help with dental anxiety.
While there are several options, such as medications to help with anxiety, pills, and other oral sedatives, nitrous oxide is one of the most effective and commonly used options.
Nitrous oxide is a gas commonly known as a laughing gas that helps patients to calm down by producing a sense of happiness or euphoria, often making patients burst out into laughter. It works to treat anxiety because it calms the nerves and helps people to relax while still being awake during dental procedures.
This is important when the dentist works inside a patient’s mouth or needs the patient awake to perform a procedure, as laughing gas won’t typically put a patient to sleep.
It’s also useful for children as it helps minimize pain, which can be a particular issue for kids who are scared of the dentist but need care like dental fillings and other work that can be somewhat painful.
Nitrous oxide is a convenient alternative for patients who otherwise might not be able to get the dental care they need due to anxiety or fear.