Not everyone is comfortable when it comes to seeing the dentist. There can be any number of reasons why someone might avoid their appointment, but no matter what the reason may be, skipping an appointment with your dentist can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. If you are one of those people for whom the prospect of a visit to the dentist results in anxiety or fear, by all means, you should talk with our dentist, Dr. Glenn MacFarlane and the staff at The Center For Holistic Dental Medicine. It may help if we discuss the upcoming procedure with you, since knowing what will take place can take some of the mystery out of your appointment. It may also help for you to arrange a signal that you can give the doctor during the appointment to let him know that you need a break.
Another option is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been widely used in dental practices for years, and for many dentists, it is the preferred method of sedation for children. The gas is mixed with oxygen and administered to you through a mask placed over your nose. As it takes effect, you will feel relaxed, but you will not be unconscious. You will still be able to communicate with the dentist and the hygienist if you need to do so. What’s more, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off within minutes after the gas has been removed. You will not need any recovery time, and you can drive yourself home after your appointment.
If you have a tooth that needs some attention or if it is just time for your checkup, our dentist will be happy to see you, and to work with you to make your appointment as relaxing as possible. If you live in the Red Bank, New Jersey, area, you can call 732-530-4020 today to plan your visit.