dental anxietyDo you feel very nervous about visiting the dentist? If you do, you are not alone at all. In fact, anywhere between 8% and 15% of people in the United States experience some level of nervousness about seeing the dentist. However, avoiding care can lead to serious complications. To help manage dental anxiety, your Baxter, MN, dentist will provide nitrous oxide sedation.

The Dangers of Avoiding Care

No one develops the infections and severe gum disease that cause tooth loss overnight. These all start as minor, and manageable, issues that were allowed to grow more serious until suddenly you’re looking at the need for extensive restorative treatment, or the risk of losing one or more of your natural teeth. However, for people with high levels of dental anxiety, undergoing even minor checkup and cleaning visits can seem daunting. But we don’t want your nervousness, whether due to lack of experience visiting the dentist or a bad prior experience, to stand between you and the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.

Using Nitrous Oxide

With nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, we have a sedation option that helps patients enter a deep, relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure. A special gas is administered through a mask over the nose and inhaled through the mouth. This option is safe for kids and people of all ages, and the effect of the sedation wears off almost immediately once we’re done treating your smile. In fact, you can drive yourself home or even return to work or school!

Benefits for Our Patients

Before we recommend this option, we will of course look at your medical history, but we prefer this option because it’s safe for people of all ages, and even those with underlying health issues. If you also have concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, know that our team is also taking steps to protect patient safety with strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols, special hydrogen peroxide rinses, and an entire team in PPE, including masks, face shields, gloves, and gowns. We will also space out visits to ensure our waiting rooms are empty and that there is plenty of time to clean and disinfect the waiting room in between visits. If you have any questions about our treatment options, or about sedation dentistry, then contact our team today. We’re ready to listen to you, and help you enjoy your experience at the dentist’s office.

Greenhaven Family Dental Helps Manage Your Dental Anxiety

Greenhaven Family Dental is ready to help people of all ages, even if they’re nervous about the dentist, enjoy a calm and relaxing visit. To learn more about preventive dental care, then you can contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.