Nervous about going to the Dentist?

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Do you suffer from strong feelings of anxiety, or even outright fear bordering on terror, over the mere thought of going to the dentist? If so, you are not alone. Millions of Americans live with dental anxiety, a condition that makes them avoid seeking dental care because of these feelings of fear and nervousness. Luckily, dental anxiety does not have to prevent you from receiving the professional oral health care that you need. Dental offices like Choto Family Dentistry offer sedation dentistry through nitrous oxide, making it possible for those with dental anxiety or other potentially complicating pre-existing conditions to receive the dental care that they need.

Nitrous oxide is one of the most popular forms of sedation dentistry

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has a calming effect without exposing already nervous patients to a potential fear of needles. Inhaled as a gas that is mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide quickly reaches the brain, where it induces a relaxed state. Your fears and concerns diminish, but you remain alert enough to talk with those around you and follow the instructions of the dentist. Once dental work has been completed, the flow of the gas is replaced with pure oxygen, bringing you completely out of the effects of the gas after about five minutes. Because nitrous oxide leaves the body so quickly, patients usually can drive themselves home or return to work following a procedure involving this means of sedation.

Find out if nitrous oxide is right for you

Nitrous oxide is non-allergenic, and the gas is safe for patients with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or cardiovascular disease—ailments that may disqualify them from other types of sedation used in dentistry. Laughing gas has been known to cause nausea in children; if your child is scheduled for a dental procedure that will involve sedation via nitrous oxide, limit their intake of food and drink prior to the appointment.

Nitrous oxide sedation could be problematic for individuals who have difficulty breathing through the nose due to sinus congestion, or people who are not comfortable wearing an oxygen mask—as this is how the gas is administered. Nitrous also is not recommended for individuals with lung diseases like emphysema, individuals who suffer from multiple sclerosis, or women in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Sedation dentistry in Knoxville

At Choto Family Dentistry, our dentists Dr. Darrell and Dr. Tommy Spears will review your medical history before beginning any procedure that involves the use of nitrous oxide as a means of sedation. If you live in the Knoxville area, nitrous oxide can help you receive the professional dental care you may have been avoiding for far too long. Nitrous oxide also can benefit individuals who deal with jaw discomfort, have problems maintaining muscle control, or a sensitive gag reflex—all conditions that can complicate dental appointments.

To learn more about nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry, contact the office of Choto Family Dentistry at (865) 269-6688 to schedule a consultation.

Choto Family Dentistry is proud to serve patients in Knoxville, Tennessee and the surrounding communities of Choto and Northshore.