Is nitrous oxide at the dentist worth the cost?
June 2, 2008 7:37 AM Subscribe
I suffer from dental anxiety, especially when having shots. Is it worth the extra money to get nitrous oxide when having a crown put on?
posted by oblique red to Health & Fitness (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a very sensitive gag reflex and dental anxiety. My anxiety seems to be triggered in one of two ways- when I get a shot, I immediately freak out, start crying, breathing rapidly, etc., and they have to give me 5-10 minutes to recover before they can do anything. If I don't get a shot I can hold out for maybe 10 minutes of having work done (like a cleaning) before I get the same response. The problem is not just the pain of the needle but the sensation of feeling the stuff go in and feeling them move the needle around.
So far, I've always toughed it out through the occasional filling, cleaning, etc., but I'm facing more significant work and I'm not sure how to proceed.
My back molar is cracked (one filling on the top and one on the side, and a crack has formed between them) and is causing me some pain. My dentist says that I need a crown on it to keep it from breaking off and causing more trouble.
I have never had nitrous but have heard that it can really help ease anxiety for people like me. My dentist charges $90 for the nitrous.
So, people who know - would the nitrous help enough to be worth the extra money? I don't like spending extra money unless I need to, but I also hate the way getting shots in my mouth makes me feel.