Encino Dentist Describes Dental Anxiety and Methods of Controlling It

Say goodbye to dental fear and anxiety

At Signature Smiles of LADr. Sheila Mahooti and her team of professionals believe that Encino, CA Area patients can visit the dentist without having to be anxious about treatment. Dental anxiety is a common issue for both children and adults. Patients may have had past negative experiences at a dental office or they may just fear the “unknown.” Others have concerns with a professional in their “personal space,” while some may fear pain and discomfort. Dental anxieties are nothing to be embarrassed about. Our team handles patients of all ages with dental anxieties by providing sedation using nitrous oxide gas.

Nitrous oxide gas

Nitrous oxide gas is a colorless, odorless gas that is used to relieve patients of their dental anxieties right in the dental chair. Unlike other sedatives which require patients to pick up prescription medications and arrange for transportation to and from their appointment, nitrous oxide can easily be reversed by administering oxygen before a patient leaves the dental chair. Some patients may be familiar with nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.”

Nitrous oxide is completely safe.

It is administered through a device that is placed on the nose. Our dental staff closely monitors the amount of nitrous oxide being given, as some patients are more sensitive to it than others. We adjust the amounts based on the needs of the patient. Nitrous oxide is not only beneficial for patients who have dental anxieties. It can also calm a strong gag reflex and can help with pain when used in conjunction with local anesthetics. Patients are awake throughout their entire procedure but are comfortable in the dental chair as long as the nitrous oxide is being used.

If you are interested in receiving quality dental care but are uneasy about visiting the dentist due to anxieties, we welcome you to Signature Smiles of LA to discuss the advantages of nitrous oxide sedation. Contact our team today by calling (818) 600-1884 to schedule an appointment at our practice, conveniently located at  16500 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 150-B in Encino, California. We welcome new patients and patients of record into our quality practice.

Location: 16500 Ventura Blvd. Ste 150-B Encino, CA 91436

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