At Balboa Island Dentistry, located in Newport Beach, California, leading prosthodontist,Dr. Stephen G. Alfano provides sedation dentistry to those with severe dental anxiety. Dr. Alfano brings over two decades of experience in performing sedation dentistry to patients throughout Newport Beach and neighboring areas of Orange County.
Dr. Alfano and the entire staff at Balboa Island Dentistry have received extensive special training in dental conscious sedation. Only 1% of the dentists in the country have been qualified to administer conscious sedation dentistry and patients come from all over Orange County and Southern California to be treated using this comfortable, safe and effective technique.
Sedation dentistry uses medicine such as Triazolam to help fearful patients relax and become comfortable while undergoing dental procedures. A small pill is taken one hour before you visit Dr. Stephen G. Alfano’s office. Triazolam is prescribed over ten million times per year for patients to use at home. The drug has almost no side effects or interaction with other medications. The effects last between two and four hours. When undergoing sedation dentistry, patients are required to have a friend or family member drive them to and from Dr. Alfano’s office.
Most patients fall asleep while under the effects of the sedation medication but are still able to respond to verbal requests. The patient is monitored with a pulse oximeter that measures heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation during the entire appointment.
Dental sedation enables patients who fear the dentist to be comfortable during any dental procedure, from a simple cleaning to more extensive treatment. It has an “amnesia quality,” so most patients have no memory of the procedure. It also enhances the effectiveness of any anesthesia administered. By using sedation dentistry, patients may also be able to sustain more procedures in a single visit and therefore require fewer visits overall. New techniques are making sedation dentistry safer and easier than ever. We often see patients who have put off going to the dentist for years now able to rest comfortably and have all their dental needs tended to.
"Dr. Alfano is a wonderful dentist & a very caring person as well. If you are looking for consistency & friendliness in staff, Balboa Island Dentistry is the place to go"
"Dr. Alfano...did a wonderful job with my problem tooth. I cannot say enough about his “chair side” mannerand his familiarity with my situation."
"Very happy with Dr. Alfano. He has a way with injections to make them not hurt! Very professional yet very friendly office."
“Very satisfied. Entire staff is professional & friendly.”
“Dr. Alfano is really really good! Had crowns replaced. The doctor was great ! No pain in administering the shot. I am happy with him.”
"The exceptional care combined with the staff’s focus on their patients’ needs and comfort have earned my respect and kudos!”
“The staff was very informative. Everyone in the office is always helpful and informed”
“The office staff is all so nice and helpful, always! I never have to wait for my appointment, always very prompt.”
"Dr. Alfano makes visits to the dentist (almost) a pleasure. I hope he's in practice for as long as I need a dentist."
"Love all the wonderful friends that greet me at the office. Not like any other office."
"Without a doubt the best care my teeth & gums have ever had!"
"Dr. Alfano seems to be a great successor to Dr. Ballback and all of the exceptional staff is still there."
"A special thank you to Dr. Alfano for the fabulous dental work. We would highly recommend him to anyone needing dental care."
"This dentist is as good as it gets."
Dr. Alfano's staff is top rate. He does a great job for his patients.