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Sedation Dentistry in Tampa



Some patients are comfortable going to the dentist without assistance. Many others are not and need help relaxing during their appointments.

Dr. Leslie Ferrara and Dr. Maria Upshaw understand this reality. They also know how important patient comfort is to a successful dental visit. These reasons are why our practice has relaxation aids on hand. Ferrara Dental provides sedation dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide

Our solution for dental anxiety is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

Nitrous is an inhalant consistently administered throughout an appointment. It creates a sense of euphoria in a patient that may help them relax during dental treatment. The effects of nitrous wear off quickly once it is no longer administered. Side effects are rare, and a patient's ability to drive is not impaired.

Laughing gas is available to almost every patient, including children. A thorough review of your medical history is necessary to ensure that you are a candidate for nitrous oxide. Women who are pregnant or patients who have certain lung or breathing problems are not candidates for this inhaled analgesic.

Oral Sedation

In some cases, a patient's phobia is too strong to treat with nitrous. Instead, oral conscious sedation can be used.

This approach to relaxation requires a patient to take a prescribed medication about an hour before their appointment. By the time they arrive, they feel relaxed and can undergo treatment. However, this same relaxation requires a patient to arrange transportation. They will not be able to drive to and from their appointment.

Many adults who afraid of the dentist or undergoing extensive treatment can take oral sedation. Our dentists prescribe the pills after a careful review of a patient's medical history.

Other Forms of Comfort

While sedation is crucial in treating strong anxieties and phobias, it is not the only tool Drs. Ferrara and Upshaw use to help you feel comfortable. Our entire practice is as warm and relaxing as possible, from its physical design to the constant communication our dentists and staff provide. Because of these elements, our patients feel much more at ease throughout their appointment.

Contact Us for a Relaxed Dental Appointment

Ferrara Dental offers sedation dentistry to help patients feel at home at our practice. Our comfort-focused practice in Tampa is one short drive away from Harbour Island, Davis Island, Channelside, and any other community surrounding these locations. If you want to know more about our approach to patient care, call us and schedule an appointment today.


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