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If you are planning to see the dentist for a filling, root canal, or major procedure, it’s understandable if you feel a little anxious or nervous. Unfortunately, some people suffer from dental anxiety or a dental phobia, and even a routine dental appointment can seem intimidating. While fear of the dentist is a legitimate problem, it should not keep a person from their appointments for cleanings and exams. The end result of dental anxiety can be tooth decay, lost teeth, or gum disease.

If you suffer from a fear of the dentist, you should talk with the dentist and his staff about ways to overcome the problem. One way of coping with dental anxiety is through the use of nitrous oxide.

Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is combined with oxygen and administered to the patient through a mask placed over the nose. The gas will make the patient feel relaxed and at ease, but will not cause unconsciousness. The patient can still communicate with the dentist if necessary. The effects of the gas wear off quickly after it is removed, and there are no lingering effects. Patients who have had nitrous oxide can drive themselves home after their appointment. Nitrous oxide is safe and has been widely used in many dental practices for years. In fact, many dentists prefer nitrous oxide as a sedation method for children.

If a fear of the dentist is keeping you from your appointments, talk to our dentist, Dr. David Barry about using nitrous oxide during your appointment. To schedule an appointment at Barry Family Dental in Orem, Utah, call 801-226-0441. We want to work with you to give you a pleasant office visit.