Gentle Dentistry

Paola Family Dentistry -  - Family Dentist

Travis Howard, D.D.S.

Family Dentist located in Miami County, Paola, KS

Gentle Dentistry
At Paola Family Dentistry, we strive to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible. To achieve this goal, we give our patients exceptional care. We also practice gentle dentistry, which means all our patients receive compassionate care with as little pain as possible.

Gentle Dentistry Q & A

by Travis Howard, D.D.S.

We will treat you and your family with respect, understanding, and patience. Our qualified doctor and professional team members always take the time to care for you, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions you may have.

While you’re here, we want you to feel at home, not afraid or uncomfortable about having dental work. If you are anxious about going to the dentist, ask us about our mild sedation option using Nitrous Oxide. Maybe the sound of the drill is scary or you haven’t been in a while and are afraid of what the dentist might say.

We understand these common fears and want help you overcome them. Our staff is friendly and caring. We pay attention to the environment we provide for each patient and the care given from the time you call us on the phone or enter our doors.

Mild Sedation

Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is offered to reduce dental anxiety and help make you more comfortable.

How does it work?

This sedative gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax while in the dental chair. It is not intended to put you to sleep and you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions Dr. Howard may have. You will breathe normally through your nose, and within a few minutes, you should start to feel the calming effects of the Nitrous Oxide. Ultimately you should feel at ease and comfortable. After your appointment, you will breathe 100% Oxygen to flush the Nitrous Oxide from your system, at which time the effects of Nitrous Oxide will have worn off and you can resume your normal day including driving and returning to work.

Is it safe?

Yes. Nitrous Oxide is a great choice for a mild sedative in the dental office because it is well tolerated, has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations, and is non-allergenic, nitrous oxide/oxygen is considered a safe sedative in dentistry.

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