Dental Anxiety Specialist

Novato Family Dental Care

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Novato, CA

If dental anxiety has held you back from getting a root canal, extraction, or other necessary dental treatment, consider adding nitrous oxide to your next procedure. At Novato Family Dental Care in Novato, California, dentists Clayton Perry, DDS, and Vincent Freemantle, DDS, alleviate dental anxiety with nitrous oxide, which eases your nerves without putting you to sleep. To schedule a consultation to discuss using nitrous oxide with your next treatment, call Novato Family Dental Care or book one online today.

Dental Anxiety Q & A

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is common among people of all age groups. If you’ve ever felt nervous or scared of the dentist, especially to the point of avoiding the dentist, you’re far from alone. In fact, Novato Family Dental Care wants you to feel as comfortable as possible while getting the dental work you need and offers solutions for dental anxiety. 

Dental anxiety isn’t the only reason why you might want to explore sedation for dental work. Options like nitrous oxide, which calm the nerves, can also help during lengthy or multiple procedures, alleviating a strong gag reflex, and addressing other common issues that hold people back from getting the dental work they need. 

What causes dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety can vary. You or your child might feel anxious about attending your visits at Novato Family Dental Care because of:

  • Anticipated pain
  • Uncomfortable sensations, like drilling
  • A strong gag reflex
  • Sitting still for a long time
  • Unfamiliar situations or people
  • Past bad experiences


While Novato Family Dental Care strives to make you feel as comfortable as possible in their warm office setting, their efforts alone may not be enough to relieve your anxiety. Fortunately, there are optional services that can make the treatments you need more tolerable. 

What can I do about my dental anxiety?

To address dental anxiety and make sure you can get the dental work you need without fear, hesitation, or discomfort, the team at Novato Family Dental Care offers nitrous oxide as a sedative. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, doesn’t fully put you to sleep, but it does help with relaxation and calms your nerves. 

The Novato Family Dental Care team starts your treatment with nitrous oxide slowly to make sure you can assess your own comfort level. You breathe the sedative in through a mask over your nose, taking average breaths as the team supervises you. You might benefit from this form of sedation during procedures like:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Root canals
  • Dental bonding
  • Getting a crown or bridge


The sedative has no long-lasting effects, and soon after your treatment, you can safely drive yourself home. Since the effects wear off so quickly, you can continue with your day as usual unless the team tells you otherwise. 

To schedule a treatment consultation and learn more about nitrous oxide for dental anxiety, call Novato Family Dental Care or book online today.