Dental Anxiety and/or Pain Control


Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, physical handicaps, strong gag reflexes or receiving major dental treatments may require premedication. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often involve some sort of anxiety and/or pain control.

Medication prior to a procedure for anxiety and/or pain is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using premedication, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Your dentist will talk to you about pre-and post-medication instructions during your visit.

"Laughing Gas"

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is often used during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. During this time, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5-10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will discuss any instructions or concerns you may have regarding Nitrous oxide.