Dental anxiety is a real problem for millions of individuals in the United States, and it often keeps many people from seeking treatment to improve their oral health. This can be problematic, as decay and disease can develop quickly if left untreated. If you are one of the millions of people who want to healthy teeth and gums but are terrified of the dentist’s office, allow a sedation dentist in San Antonio to provide a safe and effective way to help you relax. Read on to learn more about nitrous oxide and what it can do for you.
What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous oxide is a form of sedation that allows you to feel completely relaxed while remaining cognizant enough to follow the commands of your dentist. Considered to be the mildest form of sedation, both children and adults can benefit from it. Once you arrive for your appointment, you will have a nasal mask placed over your nose and begin to breathe in a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. Within minutes, you will begin to feel as if you are floating, fully removing any anxiety or fear you originally had when you arrived.
Once your dentist is finished with treatment, the gas will be turned off and mask removed, allowing the effects to wear off immediately. This is one of the great benefits of this type of sedation since it lets you return to your normal activities after your appointment.
How is Sedation Helpful?
Since dental anxiety can keep people from seeking treatment for their teeth and gums, sedation makes it possible to receive necessary care. Decay and disease are too common these days, so when fear and phobias keep you from addressing a cavity or removing harmful plaque and tartar that can turn into periodontal disease, you are opening yourself up to worsening oral and overall health problems (i.e. heart attack, diabetes, stroke, neurological disorders).
Avoiding the dentist will have minor dental problems turning into major ones that can spread to your bloodstream. What can easily be treated with a regular cleaning can quickly turn into a costly visit that results in multiple treatments and time-consuming procedures.
Instead of letting your problems worsen, it is in your best interest to seek sedation for dental treatment. Within minutes, you’ll reap the benefits it provides and for once, actually enjoy your visit.
About the Author
Dr. Racha W. Kadamani wants you and your child to feel comfortable during your dental visit, which is why she is pleased to offer sedation dentistry. Instead of fearing needles or being unable to sit still, Dr. Kadamani uses nitrous oxide to provide a calming and relaxing experience that will allow you to improve your oral health without the worry or anxiety. To find out how you can benefit from this type of service, contact us at (210) 782-0008.