ASK DENTIST Dr. John S. Adams, DDS I am very afraid of the dentist office, but I need to have some work done on my teeth. What can I do? You are not alone in your concern! Many people struggle with a fear of the dentist and there are certainly things that can be done to help with any anxiety you may feel. In our office, we provide nitrous oxide which is given to the patient through a tube that rests over the nose. Nitrous oxide helps people to relax and removes the anxiety that many feel. The great thing about nitrous is that there are no lasting effects. As soon as the patient is removed from the nitrous, they are back to themselves and able to go about their day as usual, unlike with many medications. We try to accommodate our patients by providing options for television viewing in our rooms as well as music that they can select and listen to. We also have a number of patients that use headphones to listen to music in order to block out any of the dental noises and to ease their anxiety. We truly strive to address any concerns that our patients have. If you have additional questions, or need to schedule an appointment, contact your local dental office. 573.783.4100 731 W. Main St

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