There are many Canadians who avoid going to the dentist year after year because of a powerful dental-phobia. For others, they do manage to schedule an appointment, only to cancel it when something inevitably comes up. Sometimes, people move to a new city and just never getting around to finding a new dentist. Whatever vague excuse has been keeping you away from your Calgary dentist the last few years, make 2018 the year you finally get the dental care you deserve!

An estimated 50% of Canadians have some reservation about visiting the dentist. Many have anxiety about pain or discomfort. This can prevent them from going twice or even once a year. Without their regular, professional cleaning, plaque builds up and decay can begin. A tooth starts to ache, and that makes them even more anxious about seeing the dentist — no one wants to hear they have a cavity and need a shot! So they just wait even longer until a little cavity becomes a huge cavity and the throbbing tooth becomes unbearable.

Other times, we meet with longtime patients who have dependent adults or children who, because of their age or developmental delays, find it very challenging to sit still through an appointment. They have difficulty communicating, and could be frightened by the new smells and lights and little metal tools poking at their teeth or gums. Young children may not understand what’s going on or why they need to sit still.

If either of those situations sounds familiar to you, we want you to know that it’s not right or fair that you are struggling with this challenge. You and everyone in your family, regardless of age or ability, deserves comprehensive oral care. We also want you to know that you aren’t alone, and there is a solution.

Nitrous oxide is a colourless, odourless gas. You probably know it by its common name — laughing gas. Nitrous oxide exists naturally in the atmosphere, and in concentrated amounts, it creates a sense of euphoria and relaxation in people. Laughing gas has been used as an anaesthetic and analgesic since 1844. It’s so effective and safe for relieving pain and anxiety that the World Health Organization named it one of the Essential Medicines. It’s also used by mothers in labour, so you can trust that it provides effective pain relief.

Under the effects of laughing gas, you or your dependent will remain fully conscious and aware of what’s happening, but you will also feel relaxed and happy. It is our belief that all Canadians deserve excellent oral care. Children or disabled adults who struggle with dental care should not be left to face tooth decay alone. Together, we can come up with a solution to ensure everyone has a safe and welcoming experience at their Calgary dentist. Contact the team at Metro Dental Care today to learn more about our dedication to providing effective oral health care to all.