Can the Emergency Dentist Give Me Gas?

I’m on the fence as to whether I should wait for my regular doctor to come back into town or if I should look up an emergency dentist. I’ve had a mild toothache for about a week, but I’ve been nursing it along as best as I can. That mostly means I don’t bite anything, don’t eat anything cold, and just leave it alone. Also, it helps if I don’t sleep. Or breathe. Ok… It is getting pretty bad, but at least I still haven’t lost my sense of humor, so it can’t be that bad, right? The thing is, my regular doctor is really good, plus he gives me laughing gas (Not that I need it, I’m a hoot anyway! lol), but it does help me get through whatever needs getting through. I’m not much for serious meds, but the gas has always taken off the edge for me, and that’s enough. The thing is, I don’t want to seem like a junky (do laughing gas junkies exist?), so I don’t want to go into the office of an emergency dentist asking for it. But, if I have any hope of fixing this and getting back to my normal life and doing little things like breathing without hurting again, I know I need to find someone who will be able to treat me with laughing gas. How do I go about asking this without seeming odd?



Dear Charles,

You’re right, you’ve kept your sense of humor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the toothache isn’t bad. If it’s gotten to the point where you can’t sleep or breathe, don’t delay treatment any further. You should book an appointment with an emergency dentist today.

In regard to finding someone who can help you, try looking for an office that caters to cowards. While this isn’t a guarantee that they offer nitrous oxide, it’s a step in the right direction. The term is generally used by any office that understands dental anxiety and will take extra measures to make sure their patients stay comfortable throughout treatment.

If you happen on a website that seems like they might be a good fit, don’t hesitate to ask if they offer nitrous oxide. Although it can be abused, it’s not high on the list like many prescription medications are and it’s doubtful your motives will be scrutinized. Just let them know a little about your history and hopes before you schedule, so they can be prepared for your visit.

This blog is sponsored by Elgin emergency dentist, Dr. Steve Sirin.

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