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Not everyone is comfortable with visiting the dentist. They may have dental anxiety or a phobia, or they may simply have a very sensitive gag reflex that takes over when they are in the middle of a procedure.

At Michael J Leahy DDS in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Michael J Leahy and his staff understand that a visit to the dentist’s office can be intimidating for some and terrifying for others, which is why the office can provide patients with nitrous oxide.

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered to the patient through a mask over the nose. Nitrous oxide leaves the patient feeling relaxed, but will not cause drowsiness or unconsciousness. While under nitrous oxide, the patient is aware of what is happening and can communicate with the dentist if necessary. There are no lingering effects and the gas begins to wear off after being removed. Nitrous oxide has been safely used for years and is found in many practices. It is often seen as the preferred sedative for children.

If you suffer from anxiety or fear when you visit the dentist’s office by all means, let us know! We will be happy to work with you to make sure that your appointment is as relaxing as possible. If you live in the Columbus. Ohio area and would like to know more about the use of nitrous oxide; or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, contact Michael J Leahy DDS at 614-848-4900 today.