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Are you terrified of undergoing dental procedures, or even just a routine check-up? You’re not alone. Up to 15% of Americans have a very real fear of visiting the dentist. If you have such a fear, speak with your dentist about it. They will help put you at ease, explain the procedure, and may even be able to work around the parts of it that make you feel most uncomfortable. Also ask your dentist about sedation methods. These will not make you fall asleep during a procedure, but rather help you feel calm.

Inhalation Sedation

This sedation method uses the gas nitrous oxide, which is more commonly known as laughing gas. Patient’s breathe it in through the nose and are able to relax during a procedure. The gas quickly leaves the body, so patients are able to drive home 15 minutes after they stop breathing nitrous oxide.

Oral Sedation

Your dentist will give you a pill about an hour before your procedure that will help you relax, just like the nitrous oxide does. Depending on the type of oral sedation medication used, you may need someone to drive you home if its effects last for a couple of hours.