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Is Dental Anxiety Ruining Your Oral Health?

January 2, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Travis Buxton
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Everyone needs oral health care to protect their smiles and their general health and well-being, but for some people, this is easier said than done. 

If it’s time for your next dental checkup, but your dental anxiety keeps you from picking up the phone for an appointment, sedation dentistry in Bangor, ME might be the solution you need.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry in Bangor, ME can help you relax during your appointments, which minimizes your anxiety. Each positive experience you have at the dentist builds upon the next and helps you develop confidence and feel good about maintaining your oral health.

If you skip dental appointments, you put yourself at risk for cavities and gum disease. It's a vicious cycle because your oral health suffers, which increases the likelihood of problems and more extensive dental work.

Nitrous Oxide and Dental Anxiety

Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas, and it is a safe and mild type of sedation that dentists have been using for over a hundred years. With nitrous oxide sedation, your dentist uses a mixture of nitrous and oxygen that you inhale through a nasal mask. As you breathe in, you’ll start to feel a wave of relaxation and a feeling of extreme well-being. You will be conscious during your treatment and able to speak with your dentist, but what's going on around you will feel very far away.

When your treatment’s finished, your dentist will turn off the nitrous and have you inhale pure oxygen for several minutes. Not only does this help dissipate any drowsy effects, but you’ll be able to drive yourself home from your appointment feeling alert, refreshed, and ready to get on with your busy day.

Can Sedation Dentistry in Bangor, ME Help You?

Dr. Travis Buxton and the team at Maine Family Dental want you to feel positive about taking care of your oral health. We strive to make every aspect of your visit with us comfortable and stress-free, and sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide helps.  

If you think nitrous oxide can help you at your next appointment, please call our Veazie, ME dental office, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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