Sedation Dentistry in Bangor, ME

At Maine Family Dental, we understand that visiting the dentist isn't comfortable for every patient; in fact, millions of Americans feel fearful about their dental appointments. Unfortunately, dental anxiety keeps many people from getting the treatment they need to maintain their oral health.

If you have been having an oral health issue, don’t let fear dictate whether or not you seek treatment. At Maine Family Dental, we have ways to keep our patients healthy and comfortable using nitrous oxide sedation methods.

Dr. Buxton offers solutions for patients who feel anxious about dentistry with the use of nitrous oxide at our Bangor, ME dental office. Considering the calming effects that nitrous oxide offers, going to the dentist might be the most relaxing thing you do all day!

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Don’t wait any longer to improve your dental health!

Contact our 04401 dentist office at (207) 947-1166 to make an appointment with Dr. Travis Buxton at Maine Family Dental. Our dental care team is always happy to take the time to answer any questions you may have about the use of nitrous oxide.

We Offer Safe Sedation Dentistry in 04401

Nervous dental patient | Bangor Dentist OfficeBefore we treat you at Maine Family Dental, we must obtain your medical history regularly to ensure that all of the treatment we recommend is safe for you. Also, be sure to provide us with a list of any medications that you are currently taking. This is important information to consider when determining if nitrous oxide is an appropriate treatment option. When you provide us with accurate information about your medications and health history, we will customize your dental care in a way that keeps your smile healthy and your body safe.

Do you have a fear of dental procedures? The good news is that sedation dentistry in Bangor can be an excellent option to alleviate your dental anxiety and help you get the prompt, expert care you need.

If you think nitrous oxide might work well for your dental procedures, we encourage you to talk with Dr. Buxton. Patient comfort is a primary goal at Maine Family Dental, and we're always happy to offer options to help patients feel more relaxed and at ease during their time at our office. Contact us at (207) 947-1166 for more information about nitrous oxide and how it can benefit you during your next dental appointment.

Sedation Dentistry Options in Bangor, ME

Dr. Buxton offers nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, as an option for dental sedation that will help you feel at ease during your dental procedure.

Nitrous oxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is safe to inhale. We will give you a small nasal mask that allows you to breathe in nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen. This mixture is also commonly known as “laughing gas” because it often creates a feeling of comfort and well-being. You will become relaxed, and you’ll experience no pain while we perform your necessary dental procedure.

Do you have a question about nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry in Bangor, ME? We encourage you to contact Maine Family Dental and learn more about how nitrous oxide may be able to help you get the dental treatments you need and deserve.

How Nitrous Oxide Sedation Helps You Relax

Nitrous is delivered through a small mask that sits comfortably over your nose during your procedure. This allows you to inhale naturally, and as you do, you'll feel the calming effects start to flood your body. You will feel very relaxed, and you'll be aware of what's happening around you, but it will seem very far away. You will not be knocked out, so you will be able to communicate easily with our dental team as needed during your procedure.

And, unlike sedatives that have a "hangover effect" and stay in your system for hours, the effects of nitrous quickly dissipate after we stop administering the gas. Because we stop the flow of nitrous and let you breathe pure oxygen for a few minutes after your procedure, you actually may feel more refreshed and alert than you have all day! You'll be able to drive yourself home from your appointment and get back to your usual schedule. 

Would you like to learn more about how sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide can help you? Contact Maine Family Dental Practice today for more information.

Nitrous Oxide Offers Many Patient Benefits

Man smiling in dentist chair | Bangor DentistNitrous is a gas that we mix with oxygen and have you inhale through a mask worn during your treatment. The effects are fast as nitrous produces happy, relaxed feelings and a sense of extreme well-being. Nitrous oxide sedation in Bangor, ME offers numerous benefits for you, the patient:

  • Nitrous can be used during most types of dental procedures, including preventive cleanings and checkups if needed. It is also safe for children who are anxious to use during their procedures.
  • Nitrous oxide does not “put you to sleep.” It produces a mild sedative effect and works quickly to help you feel relaxed and calm, and it is safe to use during most types of dental procedures.
  • With nitrous, you will feel detached from all the sights and sounds around you, but you will still be able to communicate with your dentist and your dental team.
  • Even better, nitrous does not interfere with the rest of your day, and it's safe to drive yourself home after using it since it leaves your system immediately after we remove the mask.
  • Nitrous is also safe for children, so if your son or daughter suffers from dental anxiety, talk with Dr. Buxton about their options for using nitrous during their procedures.

Nitrous oxide is a trusted anesthetic that dentists have been using successfully for over a hundred years. Our staff is trained to safely and skillfully use nitrous oxide so you can feel safe and secure knowing that you are in the best possible hands.

No-Fear Dentistry in Bangor, ME

If you have been avoiding dental visits because of fear, we want you to be aware that unaddressed dental health issues can have severe consequences and cause long-term damage to your oral health and general well-being.

For example, periodontitis is a chronic infection of the gum tissue that is highly prevalent and affects half of all US adults over the age of 30. Unfortunately, many cases of gum disease go untreated, and often it is due to dental anxiety that makes it difficult for patients to pick up the phone and schedule a much-needed appointment.

More than impacting your oral health, untreated periodontal disease can be dangerous to your overall health and well-being. Numerous studies tell us that chronic oral infections like gum disease contribute to systemic illnesses like pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The link between oral health care and your overall well-being is strongly established. If you are concerned about an oral health problem, we recommend that you schedule an appointment at Maine Family Dental. With sedation dentistry and nitrous oxide in Bangor, ME, there's no longer any reason for you to avoid dental treatment out of fear.