Now no one needs to feel nervous about visiting the dentist – not when Dr. Bellafiore offers sedation dentistry! Both conscious oral sedation and Nitrous Oxide offer soothing relaxation and reduced anxiety for patients of all ages.
Do you feel anxious just thinking about dental care? Do you have a sensitive gag reflex or sensitive teeth? Do you have difficulty becoming numb? Do you need the convenience of having several procedures completed in one visit? Then sedation dentistry might be a great choice for you.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, Nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose and within minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patient’s comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to Dr. Bellafiore about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Conscious oral sedation is an alternative minimal sedation that allows you to remain awake but relaxed. For people who have a fear of dental procedures, conscious sedation may take away some of the anxiety. Dr. Bellafiore will combine the use of oral sedation along with a local anesthetic so you have little to no discomfort. You should plan to have someone bring you to the appointment and be available to drive you home following treatment.