If you are one of the millions of Americans who feel anything from mild anxiety to extreme dread when it comes to your dental appointment, you should take the time to talk to your dentist about your concerns. At First Dental, we want you to be at ease when you visit, and will work with you to make you comfortable during your appointment.
It might help if you talk with us about what is involved in your procedure. Sometimes, taking the mystery out of the appointment will help a patient to relax. You can also arrange to give us a signal if you feel the need to take a break during your appointment. Another option is using nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Dentist’s offices have been using nitrous oxide for years. It is very safe, and many dentists prefer using it for sedating kids.
Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a mask placed over your nose. The gas will relax you, but it will not put you to sleep. You will still be aware of what is happening during your procedure and will be able to communicate with the dental staff if need be. The effects of the gas wear off very quickly after the mask is removed and you will not need any recovery time.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler and the staff at First Dental will be happy to help. If you live in the Dodge City, Kansas, area, you can make an appointment by calling 620-225-5154 today.