Nitrous Oxide: How to Avoid Passing Your Dentist Fear on to Your Children

nitrous oxide sedation in South Concord NCAre you a dental phobic? Have you ever avoided a dentist appointment because of fear? If you have, you are not alone. According to a survey by the American Association of Endodontics, 80 percent of adults fear dentists and of that percentage, 5 to 10 percent avoid the dentist at all costs.

While being a dental phobic can be extremely hazardous to your oral health (not to mention incredibly expensive), it can also harm others in your life- especially if you are a parent.

A recent study published by Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid surveyed 183 children between the ages of 7 and 12 and their parents. According to the authors of the study, parents pass on dentist fear to their children. However, the study also suggested that fathers, more than mothers, play a bigger role in passing that fear on.

“Although the results should be interpreted with due caution, children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” said study co-author Professor America Lara-Sacido.

Because of this, the authors stress the importance for parents, especially fathers, to show no signs of fear when visiting the dentist.

However, according to the numbers, this may be a difficult task if you a dental phobic. Fortunately, at Dr. Cliff Compton’s practice, we offer nitrous oxide in Concord, NC for patients who want to experience anxiety-free dental work.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

  • Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas”, is a gas that, when inhaled, produces a pleasant, relaxing feeling.
  • Nitrous oxide reduces pain, fear and anxiety in dental patients. It has been used in the dental field since its introduction in the mid 1800s and is completely safe.
  • Nitrous oxide is inhaled, has no taste or color and is only identified by its slightly sweet smell. Patients begin to feel its effects after only several minutes of inhaling and the effects wear off quickly once the patient stops inhaling the gas.

Dr. Cliff Compton has been professionally trained to administer nitrous oxide and has plenty of experience providing patients with a way to receive dental work with no pain or anxiety.

Visit Dr. Cliff Compton’s practice or call us at (704) 786-8825 for more information on how to experience a positive, pain and anxiety free dentist appointment with nitrous oxide in Concord, NC.

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