Posts for: June, 2015

By Brookside Dental Care
June 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Sedation  

One of the top reasons why patients avoid going to the dentist for long stretches of time is that they are afraid. Dental anxiety is a fear that often starts in childhood, but some adults develop it after an uncomfortable experience at a dentist’s office. If you have any level of dental anxiety, sedation is a simple solution to explore with your dentist. Learn more about sedation dentistry, and how it can help you Sedation Dentistryrelax at your next dental appointment at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton CA.

Dental Anxiety Can Cause Serious Problems
Statistics published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over a quarter of adults ages 20-44 have untreated dental cavities. These cavities, left untreated for long periods of time, eventually grow into painful tooth infections. It’s also estimated that nearly half of all adults over 30 have gum disease. Dental anxiety prevents many of these patients from seeking the dental care they need early on.

Dental Sedation Options
Consult with your dentist about sedation at your initial appointment. The choice of sedation will vary depending on the type of procedure needed. There are three levels of sedation dentistry available at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton CA:

  • Laughing gas (nitrous oxide administered through inhalation).
  • Oral sedatives (you must take a pill orally before your appointment).
  • Intravenous conscious sedation (medication is given through an IV directly to the bloodstream). 

Is Sedation Right for You?
Your case must be evaluated thoroughly to determine if you’re a candidate for certain dental sedation techniques. Your medical history will play a role in determining which sedative is right for you. For instance, if an oral medication is prescribed, it must be one that is safe to take with your existing medications. If you have a medical condition, like a respiratory issue, or you're pregnant, IV sedation may not be the right choice.

Relax and Call Brookside Dental
It’s normal to feel a little anxious when you go to the dentist’s office, but if you’re allowing that anxiety to stop you from going altogether, that’s a problem. Sedation dentistry is a viable solution that helps millions of patients to relax and get the dental services they need. Call Brookside Dental Care in Stockton CA at (209) 952-8804 today to schedule your first appointment.

By Brookside Dental Care
June 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”