Dental treatments can trigger anxiety in some patients. It may be due to past experiences in healthcare settings or because the patient is young and is apprehensive as they are not familiar with the environment. Some patients can overcome their anxiety over time gaining confidence with their dentist, however, some patients may still feel anxious although they trust their dentist. This can cause the patients to dread seeing their dentist or delay their dental treatment. If you are one of patients that belong in the latter category, there are definite ways to help make you feel at ease when attending your dentist.
The Happy Gas (Nitrous oxide)
Nitrous oxide is also known as happy gas or the laughing gas. This is a medical gas that can be used when providing dental treatment to help ease your anxiety. The dentist uses a mixture of 2 gases, nitrous oxide and oxygen provided through a mask that is worn over the nose.
Happy gas can be used for all dental procedures. You may feel that it is needed for simple routine clean visits or more complex treatment such as root canal treatment. You may have a young anxious child that will require a restoration and is concerned whether he/she will be compliant. You might be afraid of needles and need a little assistance to help relax you before you get numbed up.