what is the importance of Nitrous Oxide ?

According to recent research by various dental organizations, approximately 30-40 million Americans avoid dental treatment due to fear of the dentist. Luckily, Dental Arts in Kew Gardens offers nitrous oxide, sedation dentistry for patients with dental anxiety. If you or a loved one has avoided the dentist due to anxiety or fear of pain, sedation dentistry may be the perfect option. Nitrous oxide will allow you to relax and be comfortable during virtually any dental treatment.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas” to most patients) is an effective, safe and convenient sedative that is mixed with oxygen to be inhaled through a mask, helping you relax and feel comfortable during any dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is not meant to put you to sleep, and you will be able to communicate during your visit. Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, shortly after the mask is removed, your symptoms will subside, and you can continue with your day to day activities. This means you don’t have to bring someone along with you to return you safely back home after your dental visit.

During your appointment, your Dental Arts dentist will place the nitrous oxide mask and ask you to breathe normally through your nose. After a few minutes, you will start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. Patients often describe the nitrous oxide as making them feel heavy, calm and comfortable. Some patients may feel lightheaded or have some tingling in the arms and legs.

Don’t neglect your oral health and dental hygiene due to dental anxiety; with Dental Arts sedation dentistry, you can experience a calm, comfortable dental experience. To schedule an appointment with nitrous oxide, contact our Kew Gardens dental office today! We’d be happy to discuss any questions you may have about sedation dentistry and get your appointment booked with one of our dentists.

How to Eliminate Bad Breath

Do you ever find yourself checking to see how bad your breath is? Bad breath is an extremely common dental issue in America due to various reasons. From improper dental hygiene to poor dietary habits, there are many factors that can cause bad breath. Luckily there are many easy ways to cut down on bad breath, with a few simple changes you can kiss bad breath bye forever!

Increase Water Intake

A common cause of bad breath is dry mouth and lack of saliva in the mouth. Each time you eat, debris and particles from foods can get stuck in your teeth and gums, feeding bacteria that causes bad breath. Increasing the amount of water you drink and making sure to rinse down snacks with some water can help wash away debris lowering chances of bad breath.

If you still experience dry mouth after increasing your water intake, schedule an appointment with Dental Arts to evaluate other causes of dry mouth.

Clean Your Tongue

We’ve all heard how important it is to brush twice daily and floss, but what about your tongue? Just like your teeth and gums, your tongue is a great place for bacteria growth. Without proper cleaning you may experience bacteria overgrowth, resulting in bad breath. We recommend brushing your tongue each time you brush your teeth; this can help reduce bacteria in the mouth.

Mouthwash

If you are frequently on the go, mouthwash can be a great tool in battling bad breath. Not only do most mouthwashes have a great smell, but they are also helpful in removing debris, bacteria, and plaque from your mouth. We also recommend finishing your at-home dental care routine with a rinse of mouthwash to ensure all debris has been completely removed from your mouth.

Along with these helpful bad breath tips, routine at-home dental care including brushing and flossing is essential to bad breath care and your overall oral health. If you continue to suffer from bad breath, schedule an appointment at Dental Arts KG so we can evaluate the cause of your bad breath and form a treatment plan.