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How Sedation Dentistry Can Ease Dental Anxiety

March 31, 2021
Posted By: North Tampa Dentistry
woman frightened in dental chair

Has it been a while since you’ve visited the dentist? Perhaps you don’t want your dentist to see the state of your teeth and gums, or you had a bad childhood experience at a dental office. 

Many people seem to run for the hills when dental work is mentioned, and oftentimes, dentistry is associated with pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. Whatever your reason for feeling afraid or anxious may be, we are here to help you receive the compassionate and gentle care you deserve.

Your Comfort Is Our Top Priority

Advances in dentistry have made treatment easier, more streamlined, and comfortable for patients than ever before. And we understand that many people avoid getting necessary dental treatment because of their fear. If you have a crippling fear of the dentist, there’s no longer a reason to worry when you are in our capable and caring hands. 

Our team at North Tampa Dentistry is committed to providing you with personalized treatment in a judgement-free setting. We never want you to feel disrespected, embarrassed, or worried about your smile. You can trust us to always lend a helping hand and listen to your concerns, and we will design a treatment based on your specific needs and preferences.  

Sedation Dentistry Makes Dental Care Easy 

We offer two types of ultra-safe sedation at North Tampa Dentistry:

#1 Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or happy gas, calms and relaxes patients so they can comfortably receive treatment. Nitrous oxide is inhaled using a small, soft face mask. This laughing gas is mixed with oxygen, and it will make you feel dreamy and cozy in a matter of seconds. But don’t worry; you won’t be completely incapacitated, and you will still be able to communicate with Dr. Bellegarrigue if needed. 

Nitrous oxide is fast-acting and fades as soon as the mask is removed. Minutes after the procedure, patients usually feel normal again and comfortable enough to drive themselves home.

#2 Oral Sedation

We offer oral sedation for patients who may experience higher levels of anxiety. Your dentist will prescribe the anti-anxiety medication that you will take by mouth between 30-60 minutes before your treatment. Patients who use oral sedation can still follow our instructions and respond to Dr. Bellegarrigue. 

Oral sedation stays in the system longer than nitrous oxide, so we ask patients to bring a trusted family member or friend who can drive them home after their visit.

Gentle and Non-Judgmental Dentistry in Tampa, FL

We provide comprehensive dental services to families in Lake Magdalene, Hamlet, Brentwood, Carrollwood, Lutz, and surrounding areas. If you would like to learn more about how we help manage dental anxiety, please contact our dental office today. 

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