If you feel anxious about going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is estimated that three in four adults have some degree of dental phobia, which can lead to patients delaying the dental that they need for a healthy smile. At Gentle Dental Care, we understand that visiting the dentist may not be at the top of your list of fun activities. That’s why we provide nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) as an option for our patients in the areas of Menomonie, Durand, Eau Claire, Baldwin, Colfax, and surrounding WI communities.
What is nitrous oxide and how does it work?
Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of several sedation dentistry. It is a colorless, odorless gas that you inhale through a comfortable face mask starting just a few moments before your treatment begins; you do not need to do any advance preparation. The gas starts working almost immediately, providing a sense of calm and relaxation while you receive your dental treatment. We combine it with pure oxygen and can adjust the dose as needed throughout the duration of your procedure, and the effects are mild but will help you feel pleasant and comfortable.
Benefits of laughing gas
Nitrous oxide is widely used in dental practices across the United States because it is:
- Safe – it can be used for patients of all ages, even kids
- Customizable – your dose can be adjusted based on your specific needs
- Mild – the effects wear off within a few moments after we turn off the gas, and you can drive yourself home after treatment rather than needing an escort
- Effective – for many patients, this level of sedation is all that is necessary to help them feel at ease during their dental treatment; it can also be a good option for patients who have an overactive gag reflex or who are undergoing multiple procedures in one visit
If you have been searching for a dentist who uses a gentle, compassionate dental care approach and will help you feel comfortable and relaxed, we encourage you to give Gentle Dental Care a call to schedule an appointment. With offices in Menomonie and Durand, we are never far from work or home and look forward to providing dental care for you and your family! (715) 600-9004.