Sedation Dentistry

Maintaining excellent oral health revolves around seeing your dentist regularly, yet every year millions of Americans neglect to keep up their dental cleaning and exams. Why? For many, the reason is fear. 

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At North Tampa Dentistry, we are dedicated to making patients feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible while receiving the dentistry they need. We create a calming and pleasant atmosphere with our gentle and compassionate dental team. Additionally, we offer sedation dentistry in North Tampa, FL, to patients who need a little extra TLC. 

We never want dental fear or anxiety to prevent patients from receiving the quality dentistry in Tampa, FL, that they deserve! 

What Is Dental Anxiety?

As with any phobia, the origin behind why it exists is different from patient to patient. Some patients had a terrible experience as a child that resonated throughout the rest of their lives. Other patients might have neglected their oral health for a long time and feel embarrassed and worried about the state of their teeth and gums. For other people who suffer from general anxiety, not being in control could contribute to their fear. 

The spectrum of fear, stress, and anxiety is varied and broad. Whatever the case is for you, we want you to know that at North Tampa Dentistry, we invite you to step into a judgment-free zone. Together, we can rebuild the way you look at dentistry. 

Our Calming Sedation Dentistry Options 

#1 Nitrous Oxide 

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide gently calms and relaxes patients. It helps patients disassociate from their fear and anxiety and even feel a little dreamy. 

Don't worry; you'll still be able to respond to Dr. Bellegarrigue, but you will feel untroubled as he cares for your teeth. We will be able to adjust the dosage and make sure you feel cozy. 

One of the conditions of nitrous that patients like is how quickly it fades when we take the mask off. Patients almost always can drive themselves home just minutes after the procedure or whenever they feel comfortable leaving. 

#2 Oral Sedation 

For patients who might have higher levels of anxiety, we offer oral sedation. We have patients take an anti-anxiety prescription medication by mouth 30-60 minutes before their dental appointment. This sedation ensures that patients are relaxed enough to allow Dr. Bellegarrigue to do his job efficiently.

Like nitrous oxide, patients can still communicate and follow instructions from their dentist, but they may feel less concerned and worried. 

We ask that patients have a driver who will drive them home after their appointment and relax and take it easy for the rest of the day. 

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Dentistry is a collaborative process and works best through constant communication between Dr. Bellegarrigue and his patients. We fully understand how overwhelming it can be to face your fears; we want you to know that you're not doing it alone. 

We will walk you through each step and explain each procedure fully. We find that patients who are active participants in their oral health and who understand the process of every dental treatment tend to feel less anxiety. 

Contact Us Today for Your Stress-Free Consultation

Has it been a while since your last dental cleaning? That's completely fine! We will work with you to break the cycle of fear and anxiety. 

Please call our Tampa, FL dental office to schedule an evaluation with our gentle and caring dental team. Our dental office is close to North Tampa, Lake Magdalene, Hamlet, Brentwood, Carrollwood, and Lutz.