There are many reasons 50% of the population put dental care at the bottom of the healthcare list. Some people are downright fearful while others have suffered bad experiences in the past, or some need extensive care and simply can’t find enough hours in the day.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available for apprehensive patients.
You breathe nitrous oxide (otherwise known as laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. The dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.