Anxiety Free Dentistry


Anxiety Free Dentistry

At Sand Springs Family Dentistry, we strive to offer anxiety-free dentistry. Dr. Whitney provides a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere, so no matter how old you are, how much you dislike dental appointments, or what procedures you need, you’ll feel relaxed and happy.

In our offices, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to help patients feel comfortable. This is a safe and straightforward option that’s effective for many patients, including children, who experience mild dental anxiety.

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Anxiety Free Dentistry
by Dr. Jacob Whitney

How Does Laughing Gas Work?

Contrary to popular belief, laughing gas is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. If you elect to use laughing gas during a procedure, your dentist will apply a mask containing nitrous oxide and ask you to breathe normally through your nose.

Within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed, or your arms and legs may tingle. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable.  The effects of nitrous oxide are reversed by simply breathing in regular oxygen for several minutes, so the doctor will simply remove the mask when your procedure is finished.

Other Options

In addition to laughing gas, Dr. Whitney also offers oral sedation for patients who experience moderate to severe dental anxiety. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescribed sedative pill before your appointment to help you feel calm during your visit. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate since patients are usually awake.

If you choose this option, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. If you take the medication about an hour before your visit, you’ll be fully relaxed by the time you arrive.

If you feel moderate to severe dental anxiety, we at Sand Springs Family Dentistry are happy to discuss which sedation option works best for you. Contact us at (918) 245-5979 to learn more!


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Dr. Jacob Whitney

Dr. Whitney is a licensed and board-certified dentist in the State of Oklahoma who's greatest desire to give his patients the best care possible in the most comfortable environment. It is his promise to provide you with all the options and his recommendations but to never recommend a treatment that is not necessary for your oral health.

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