nitrous oxide

nitrous oxideServing Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN

Many people get nervous before a dental appointment but, for some, this nervousness becomes severe or even develops into a phobia. This condition is known as dental anxiety and, according to an article on Colgate’s official Web site, it afflicts 9 to 15 percent of the American population.

In addition to causing thoughts of fear, dental anxiety compromises oral health. People who suffer from the disorder often avoid going to the dentist at all costs, waiting until a problem manifests into severe pain. Failing to receive regular dental care greatly increases the likelihood you develop significant oral health problems such as tooth loss and gum disease.

Luckily, relief is here for patients with dental anxiety. Your family dentist in Choto offers nitrous oxide which calms anxious patients who are fearful of visiting the dentist.

What is nitrous oxide, and how does it work?

Nitrous oxide also is known as “laughing gas,” this form of conscious sedation has been used for decades in the field of dentistry. It creates a sense of calmness and relaxation while allowing you to remain completely aware of your surroundings. You can also correspond with your dental care team while under the effects of nitrous oxide.

To administer nitrous oxide, the patient wears a mask that covers their nose. As you breathe, the gas is delivered to your lungs, relaxing your entire body. Nitrous oxide is ideal for patients who have a fear of going to the dentist, are undergoing a lengthy appointment, or who have a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time.

Nitrous oxide also can benefit patients with certain pre-existing conditions, which may compromise the ability to receive quality dental care, such as:

  • Jaw discomfort
  • Difficulty maintaining muscle control for a prolonged period of time
  • High gag reflex

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide has a long track record of being successful and safe to use, although it has been known to make children have feelings of nausea. If your child is scheduled for a procedure that involves sedation through nitrous oxide, please give him or her as little food as possible prior to the appointment. In general, nitrous oxide does not pose any significant side effects.

However, nitrous oxide should not be used on pregnant women or anyone who is allergic to nitrous oxide.

At the conclusion of your appointment, we will have you breathe regular air as the effects of the nitrous oxide wear off rather quickly. You will be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment and do not have to worry about taking off from work or school for the remainder of the day. In fact, you should be able to resume your normal activities once leaving our office.

Nitrous Oxide in Knoxville

If you would like to learn more about nitrous oxide and how it may be a good option for you, contact the office of Choto Family Dentistry today by calling (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.