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There are some people who have no problem whatsoever heading to the dentist’s office. Other people may be apprehensive about their visit, while others experience fear and panic at the thought of coming in for an appointment.

Although a fear of the dentist is very real for many people, it can keep someone from coming in for your regular cleanings and exams, which can result in tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease and more serious problems.

Patients who are nervous or anxious about your dental appointment should talk with Dr. Narinder Mahal and his staff. One of the simplest and most effective ways to overcome dental anxiety is through the use of nitrous oxide, which is more commonly known as laughing gas.

The gas itself is mixed with oxygen and administered to the patient through a mask that is placed over the nose. The patient will be relaxed during the dental procedure, but will not be unconscious and will still be able to communicate with the dentist if necessary. What’s more, the effects of the gas are not lasting and begin to wear off minutes after the gas has been removed. Nitrous oxide has been in common use in dental practices for years, and is considered by many dentists to be the preferred sedation method for children.

If you are anxious about an upcoming dental appointment, you should take time to talk with the doctor about using nitrous oxide. It is a safe and effective way to reduce dental anxiety. If you would like to learn more about nitrous oxide, or if you need to see the dentist, we will be happy to schedule you for an appointment. You can reach Land Park Dental in Sacramento, California by calling 916-421-2200.