Did you know that between 9-15% of Americans are afraid of visiting the dentist? That’s an incredible 30-40 million people. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, located in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City, the team offers safe, effective sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide. Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the oral health care you desperately need. Call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation today.
What is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety is a sense of worry or unease revolving around the dentist, dentist appointments, or other oral health care treatments. If the thought of visiting the dentist for a professional cleaning makes your heart race or palms sweat, you may suffer from dental anxiety.
What is a dental phobia?
A dental phobia is an irrational fear of the dentist or other associated treatments. There isn’t a clear definition of when dental anxiety becomes a phobia, but there are symptoms to watch out for. Telltale signs of a dental phobia include:
- Trouble sleeping the night before an appointment
- Panic or trouble breathing when your dentist puts tools in your mouth
- A racing heartbeat or trouble focusing in the waiting room
- Feeling physically ill on the way to your office
Some people also experience strong feelings when they encounter dentist-related items. For example, you might panic if you see someone wearing a white coat or feel upset when you hear the sound of a dental drill.
What is nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless substance that’s regularly used in sedation dentistry. When you inhale nitrous oxide, it slows down your body’s reaction time. As a result, you feel less anxious, calm, and even euphoric.
Nitrous oxide is fast-acting and safe. After your dentist administers nitrous oxide, you feel comfortable and relaxed, but can still answer questions and follow instructions.
What are the side effects of nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is FDA-approved and boasts a track record of success. However, like any drug, side-effects are present. The most common symptoms associated with nitrous oxide inhalation include:
- Excessive sweating
Some people also experience hallucinations and sound distortions, but this is incredibly rare and usually due to over inhalation. If you feel ill at any point during treatment, speak up and let your provider know.
Am I a good candidate for nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is safe for patients of all ages, from children to senior citizens. However, to lower your risk of side effects like nausea or dizziness, try to eat a light meal prior to your appointment. You should also avoid eating a big meal until at least three to four hours after the nitrous oxide wears off.
To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry and treatment with nitrous oxide, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today.