Dr. Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates
A Great Dentist

I have dental anxiety; what do you do to treat it?

We understand that dental anxiety is a problem that affects millions. For some, it’s a major obstacle that keeps them from scheduling and keeping dental appointments.

One of the ways we help you get rid of dental anxiety at our Chesapeake dental office is by offering nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a slightly sweet-smelling gas that you inhale through a small nasal mask, which is why it’s called inhalation sedation.

Nitrous oxide is mild enough to use with children, and we only use it for the duration of your procedure. When we start the flow of gas, we’ll have you sit back, relax, and breathe normally. In just a few moments, you will begin to feel very relaxed and mildly euphoric, almost like you’re floating. The activity around you recedes into the background, and you may not have much memory of what happened during your appointment.

But you won’t go to sleep, and as soon as we stop the flow of nitrous and have you breathe pure oxygen for a few moments, the effects wear off quickly. You will be able to return to your usual activities feeling alert and refreshed.

At your next appointment, let us know if you are interested, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about nitrous oxide at our Chesapeake, VA dental office.

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