Nitrous is a gas you breathe, that for those who it works for apparently makes you not CARE what the dentist is doing. I wouldn’t know, however. Unfortunately, I’m one of the ones it doesn’t work for; the one time I tried it, it just put my hands and feet to sleep, and did zero for my anxiety level.
Most dentists are VERY used to fearful patients, however. I’ve found that telling them I am a total and permanent wuss (in spite of spending half my childhood in the dentist’s chair – or perhaps BECAUSE of it?) helps a lot, and letting them know when you feel any discomfort also helps because they’ve got all kinds of ways to help you through it. If they aren’t nice about it, FIND ANOTHER DENTIST.
DO let the dentist know about your reaction to painkillers and anesthetics, though! Dentists do NOT like surprises! I learned this by having an asthma attack some years in reaction to the novocaine shot. Fortunately, the dentist told me how to avoid it in the future (using straight carbocane, not the epinephrine mixture they usually use). So I always TELL the dentist up front, then before they come near my mouth with the needle ASK them again if they’re using the recommended mix. It’s saved me two other asthma attacks! Plus straight carbocane wears off a LOT faster. Whew!
Good luck. It’s okay to be a total wuss. I end up flat in bed for 24 hours every time I go to the dentist, even if it’s just to have my teeth cleaned. My husband, who falls asleep while they’re working on his mouth, does NOT understand. But at least, after driving across town at 9,000 mph to bring my asthma inhaler, he believes it’s real! :dubious:
Laura the newbie on board