We have a question for you: when was your last appointment with the dentist? If your answer to that question is more than six months ago, then you’re not seeing Dr. Robert Berquist or Dr. Joseph Ornelas often enough. The American Dental Association recommends that you schedule biannual dental checkups every six months so that we can clean your teeth and monitor your oral and dental health.
However, there are some people who are simply too afraid of the dentist to make regular visits to our office. If this is you, please don’t be embarrassed. The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education), an organization of dental clinicians that are committed to giving patients safe and relaxing care, estimates that some 30 percent of adults don’t see the dentist because they are fearful.
Why Don’t You See the Dentist?
People avoid the dentist for a few different reasons. We have patients who remember one frightening visit to the dentist when they were children and that lingering memory is an obstacle to dental health care. Still others are claustrophobic and feel uncomfortable sitting in the examination chair with the masked dentist and assistant hovering over them. And for many, just the sights and sounds in our office—the sharp instruments and the whirring sound of the dentist’s drill—are enough to keep them away.
Relax with Nitrous Oxide at Region Dental Care
Regardless of what prevents you from seeing the dentist, we can help you surmount that obstacle so you can enjoy your best smile. At Region Dental Care, we offer sedation for our patients who have anxiety or fear about seeing the dentist. We use nitrous oxide, which is more commonly known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide provides a temporary state of calm that wears off quickly, so you can have the dental procedures you need and then carry on with your normal daily routine.
To induce relaxation with nitrous oxide, a small plastic mask is placed over your nose before your dental treatment begins. You breathe normally and inhale a measured mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. After a few breaths, you’ll begin to sense a feeling of calm wash over your body and your worries will melt away. You may feel a bit light-headed while inhaling nitrous oxide. However, once the dentist has completed your dental work and the mask is removed, that feeling wears off in just a minute or two. You can take comfort in knowing that you’ve had the dental care necessary to maintain the health and attractive appearance of your smile.
Call us today to reserve a sedation dentistry appointment. We’re happy to serve patients from Crown Point, Whiting, Merrillville, Cedar Lake, St. John and other communities in Northwest Indiana.