Fear and the Dentist

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Fear of the Dentist? (Sedation Dentistry)
If you suffer from dental anxiety, never fear! You are not alone. Feeling nervous or anxious about going in for even a routine cleaning is something many people face, up to 30% of the population. Dental fear is one of the most common reasons why patients avoid the dentist, which can be detrimental to overall health and wellness. Sometimes these feelings are caused by previous negative dental experiences, while other times, patients fear the dentist because they have a sensitive gag reflex or have trouble sitting or holding their mouths open for long periods of time.

Don’t worry! Las Cruces Dental Solutions offers sedation options that can ease your nerves and help you get the treatments you need.

Nitrous Oxide

One sedation option we offer is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a colorless blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide gases that have a sweet and pleasant smell. Administration is easy—you just place a comfortable mask over your mouth which releases the nitrous oxide and then breathe normally—it’s that simple!

Laughing gas creates a sense of well-being and relaxation, allowing you to feel comfortable while remaining conscious throughout your dental treatment. There is no need to worry about the aftereffects of nitrous oxide. With just a few deep breaths of pure oxygen at the end of your treatment, you will have completely reversed the relaxing effects. Nitrous oxide is a great anxiety-calming solution for adults and kids alike.

Oral Conscious Sedation

If your anxiety is more severe, we offer oral conscious sedation. With oral conscious sedation, patients take a carefully prescribed sedatitve just prior to their visit. The medication will have you feeling very relaxed by the time you come to your appointment, but you’ll still be awake during your treatment, allowing you to communicate with our team when needed. We can perform almost any treatment with the help of oral conscious sedation, from deep cleanings and fillings to wisdom teeth removal. Your visit will be over before you know it, and you’ll get the dental care you need, worry free.

If you’re a little anxious about visiting us, don’t sweat it! Call Las Cruces Dental Solutions today or schedule an appointment to learn more about our sedation options.