shutterstock_69321370Safe, Effective Options to Ease Your Dental Anxiety

Do you feel nervous about visiting the dentist? Do you avoid even routine checkups and dental cleanings? If so, this could be causing serious negative impacts on the health of your smile. To help patients feel more calm and comfortable during a procedure, we offer sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide.

Why Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?

We recommend sedation for patients undergoing dental treatments but who want to feel relaxed during the procedure. 

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a clear, odorless gas that has been used in dentistry for over a hundred years. Dr. Vlachakis will administer the gas through a mask placed over your nose and mouth. After breathing the gas for just a few minutes, it will quickly take effect inducing a sense of mild euphoria. Nitrous oxide can often make patients feel talkative and giggly, giving it the alternative name “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, typically leaving your system three to five minutes after the mask is removed. This means that there will be no after effects, and you can typically drive yourself home from the office.

Should I Undergo Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide may not be best for every situation. If you only suffer from major anxiety, nitrous oxide may not be sufficient to relieve your worries. If you have respiratory conditions such as emphysema, M.S., or even a common cold, you should not choose nitrous oxide. Dr. Vlachakis will perform a thorough examination and assess your medical history to see if this is the best choice for your smile. To schedule a visit, call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.