Will my procedure hurt?
We take every precaution possible to ensure you don't feel any discomfort during or after the procedure. Dr. Rathke will numb the area that will be treated so you won’t feel anything.
If you have anxiety or worries about pain, please let us know ahead of time. Sometimes just having a complete understanding of the procedure and what will happen is enough to alleviate nervousness. We are also happy to provide you with a bit of extra TLC when you come in.
Keep in mind, too, that we offer nitrous oxide for any procedure. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective. Breathed in through a mask much like oxygen, the effects of “laughing gas” are immediate, and you will feel relaxed—and almost euphoric. You will remain conscious, so you don’t have to worry about “losing control,” and you can still talk to the team and answer questions.
After we remove the nitrous oxide mask, its effects leave the body almost immediately. This means you can drive yourself back to home or work with no side effects.
Nitrous oxide works for patients of all ages and is a great way to deal with dental anxiety. Ask us about nitrous before your next appointment!