Dentist - Milton
Milton Mall Shopping Centre

55 Ontario St. S.
Milton, Ontario, L9T 2M3

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January 28, 2017
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Let's face it.  No one says "Yippee, I'm getting a root canal today!"  The fear of dental treatment, especially the needle, can cause people to delay seeing the dentist until what might have been a straightforward filling ends up being a root canal and a crown or an extraction and implant.  Unfortunately, this also means higher cost and more time in the chair.

One valuable adjunct which can make a significant difference in anxiety is nitrous oxide.  Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it is commonly called, was first discovered in 1772 and is very safe.  It consists of a nosepiece which delivers a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen.  It doesn't make you laugh, but at proper levels helps you to relax so you don't feel as anxious.  I commonly use it with children where the nitrous oxide combined with television on the ceiling allows the child to "tune me out" even with injections.  It has a rapid onset and also is out of your system quickly at the end of the appointment, so an adult can drive home.  Higher levels of sedation, on the other hand, require someone to drive you home and you can't drive for the better part of a day afterwards.  

Nitrous oxide is also very convenient and it has somewhat of an analgesic effect which is a bonus.  So if you are procrastinating about having dental treatment done, ask us about nitrous oxide.  It may be just what you need to make dental treatment something that you no longer avoid.