Many of our dental patients experience mild to severe fear or anxiety about dental care. Whether it’s from a past experience or from no explainable reason at all, it keeps patients from getting the care they need and want to stay healthy – in both oral and overall health. If it prevents you from seeing us at Battle Creek Family Dentistry, we can help – with laughing gas!
Does your heart race when you think about “going to the dentist”? How about when you lie down in our chair? What about fear, apprehension, or embarrassment? If so, you are definitely in good company.
Through sedation, we have helped hundreds of patients gain control of their fear – and we can help you too! Relax and gain a sense of well-being with laughing gas. It is one of the safest forms of sedation available. Nearly everyone can use this mild, fast-acting, non-allergenic gas.
Laughing gas sedation is also called “conscious sedation,” because it does not make you sleep or block your memory. Instead, it will quickly relax you while we do our work. You will have full control, be awake, and you’ll have no difficulty responding to us.
Administering laughing gas is easy and comfortable too! You’ll wear a light mask over your nose that provides the laughing gas. You’ll notice the calming effect almost immediately. Patients have also reported feeling light-headed and euphoric. There may be tingling or a heaviness in your arms and legs. During your treatment, we’ll adjust the dosage to ensure your comfort.
Why is laughing gas called laughing gas? Well … some people get a case of the giggles when they begin feeling the effects of the gas. Not to worry, we’ll smile along with you!
Is your child anxious about their dental visit? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes laughing gas as a safe and effective technique for minimizing children’s anxiety, helping to provide a pleasant experience while minimizing stress. Our professional team is trained to compassionately address the needs of fearful children and will stay at your child’s side at all times to support them and monitor their progress.
How long does laughing gas sedation last? As long as you’re wearing the mask. Just before your appointment is finished, we will decrease the amount of laughing gas and increase the amount of oxygen. You’ll be “back to normal” before you leave our chair.
If your dental appointments make you fearful, please take care of yourself by calling us at Battle Creek Family Dentistry at 269-841-5049. As your dentist in Battle Creek & area, we’ll welcome your questions about sedation that will provide you with the comfort you need to get the dental care you want.