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Do you get nervous about going to the dentist? Does an upcoming appointment cause a feeling of mild to moderate anxiety in you? The good news is that you aren’t the only person to suffer from dental phobia, and you may want to consider using nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, to help control these nerves.

Laughing gas is colorless, odorless and fast acting. It has been widely accepted as one of the safest forms of sedation and is commonly used. Blended with oxygen, it is administered through a mask. Generally, when the gas is inhaled, you may begin to relax while staying alert and aware. The effects should wear off a few minutes after the treatment has ended and our dentist administers oxygen through the mask.

If your child is the one with the appointment, you should know that laughing gas is actually the preferred method of sedation if they are nervous. You can always discuss your options with our dentist before an appointment if you would like.

Some non-sedation options can involve meditation, visualization or keeping your mind busy. If you do not desire sedation dentistry, you could try using a form of meditation to relax your nerves. You could also find active visualization to be another beneficial kind of stress relief. This can occur when you picture yourself in a location that makes you happy and concentrate on that imagery. You could also try using objects like a fidget spinner or bringing in music on a device that you can listen to.

If you live near Ballwin, Missouri, and would like more information about laughing gas, please call a team member of Ballwin Dental Care at 636.552.9647. Dr. Kimberly Simonds wants you to be relaxed as he cares for your dental health.