More people are afraid of dentistry than heights, snakes and physical injuries, so it’s a common fear. But what causes dental anxiety? It can be due to a bad dental experience as a child, a history of anxiety or the general association of pain and dental work. Fortunately, there is a proven method for combating dental anxiety: sedation dentistry. There are multiple types of sedation dentistry, but one of the most common is nitrous oxide. Dr. Carimi even offers complimentary nitrous oxide to all patients!
How Nitrous Oxide Sedation Works
Commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a form of mild sedation inhaled through the nose that distracts you from your environment and any pain. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.” The ultimate goal of nitrous oxide is to ensure you’re relaxed and comfortable during your procedure.
If you live near Charleston or Mount Pleasant and would like to know more about nitrous oxide sedation, schedule a consultation with us today!