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While some people do not feel any stress about a visit to the dentist, others may have severe anxiety about their appointment. If you have a phobia about visiting the dentist, or suffer from dental anxiety, you should talk to your dentist about using nitrous oxide to make your visit go a little easier.

Nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas is a very safe way to relax during your visit to our office. It has been used in many dental offices for years. One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that it will make you feel relaxed without putting you to sleep. You remain aware of what is happening, and can communicate with the dentist if you need to do so. What’s more, the effects of the gas are easily dismissed, and there are no lingering effects once it is removed. It is administered through a mask, and the gas begins to take effect in about five minutes.

Nitrous oxide is a safe sedation method for children, and is actually preferred by many dentists for putting kids at ease in the dental chair.

In very few instances, some patients have experienced headaches, chills, sweating, or nausea, but again, that is a very small number of patients. You should also talk with the dentist about any medical conditions you have prior to using laughing gas. If you are in your first trimester of your pregnancy, or you suffer from COPD, the dentist may decide against using it. If the dentist will be using laughing gas during your procedure, it will help if you eat a light meal before the appointment, but avoid large meals for approximately three hours after your appointment has ended.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, and to schedule an appointment for an exam, cleaning or other dental need, feel free to contact East Indianapolis Dental Associates in Indianapolis, Indiana, at 317-357-8548. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you to see Dr. James McAllister.