How To Be Calm And Relaxed At The Dentist
Do you feel uneasy when it is time to visit our office? Or do you know that you need a dental procedure but have avoided making the appointment because you are having nervous feelings? There are a large number of patients who feel a sense of unease when they visit the dentist. While many patients can push through and overcome their feelings, we are able to offer a remedy to those that need extra support when they visit our office. Continue reading to learn more about a treatment option that is sure to leave you feeling relaxed.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide
If you feel uneasy or have nervous feelings when you visit our office, the last thing that we want is for you to avoid hygiene examinations or needed treatments. Avoiding our office can mean bigger problems, longer procedures, and higher costs for you. For our patients that have some nerves when they visit our office, we recommend using nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a gaseous sedative. Despite its nickname, nitrous oxide does not cause hysterical laughter, rather it creates a calming effect to help patients feel at ease and relaxed during dental procedures.
One of the biggest benefits to using nitrous oxide is the patient remains awake and is aware of everything happening around them. The patient can easily follow the dentist’s directions and answer questions. There are many additional benefits to using nitrous oxide:
- Sedation level can be adjusted when needed
- Sedation wears off immediately
- Works immediately
- Patients can drive and function normally following use
Ways to Relax Before You Visit the Office
While we do offer a solution to help you relax once you are in the office, there are steps that you can take at home to help calm your nerves before arriving. We suggest scheduling an appointment on a day and time that would be most relaxing for you. It may not be beneficial to schedule your appointment on a work day or later in the afternoon or evening. It is also best to avoid caffeine and foods with a high sugar content. We would recommend drinking a hot cup of decaf herbal tea to relax. On the drive to the appointment, listen to calming music or a favorite song.
If you are located in the Kewaskum, WI area and need to schedule an appointment for an examination, consultation, or treatment and are feeling a little uneasy or nervous, please contact our office. We can discuss a plan to ensure that you are relaxed and ready for your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!