Sadly, fear of the dentist is incredibly common and prevents many people from getting the care they need for a healthy smile. If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from dental phobia, you’ll be glad to know that both of our outstanding dentists have a gentle, compassionate chairside manner that will put you at ease. And if you need a little extra TLC to manage fear or anxiety, we also provide nitrous oxide sedation to make your visits stress-free. If you’d like to know how nitrous oxide can benefit you, contact us anytime. We look forward to helping you achieve great oral health, without fear!
Nitrous oxide is often called “laughing gas” because of the happy feeling it provides. This odorless gas is breathed through a comfortable nosepiece throughout your visit. You’ll be completely awake and aware of your surroundings but feel very relaxed and possibly a bit drowsy. Some people describe a feeling of “lightness” or experience a tingling sensation, while others say they feel heaviness in their arms and legs.
Throughout your visit, we’ll monitor your breathing and heart rate and make sure you remain alert and feeling well. When your procedure is done, we’ll turn off the nitrous oxide and have you breathe 100% oxygen through the nosepiece for several minutes. The effects of the sedation will wear off almost immediately, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home and resume your normal activities for the day.
Nitrous oxide has been safely used for many decades and is well-tolerated by most people. While it’s not a good option for anyone who is pregnant or has certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure or glaucoma, we often recommend it for patients who have:
As a dentist in South Burlington, we’ve found that one of the biggest advantages of nitrous oxide is that it doesn’t involve any recovery time. After we’ve removed the nosepiece and the effects of the sedation wear off, we’ll discuss any post-operative instructions related to your dental procedure and answer any questions you have before you leave.
If you’ve struggled during dental procedures in the past, feel free to contact us with any questions or to schedule a consultation. With many years of experience, our friendly team will help you overcome your fear and get the care you need for a healthy smile.