Posts for: April, 2016

By Brookside Dental Care
April 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

If you're afraid of dental visits, you know that your comfortable level can vary tremendously based on the compassion and understanding of the dental team. Finding dentists who sympathize with your concerns and offer options to make you more comfortable is essential. Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar (Otal) and Dr. Emil Tanase--your Stockton, CA dentists at Brookside Dental Care--explain how Sedation Dentistrysedation dentistry can help you.

You'll feel calm and relaxed

Your dentist can offer you a variety of sedation options that will help reduce your anxiety. Choose an oral sedation medication, try nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or opt for intravenous moderate sedation if you prefer a deeper level of sedation. Once the medications take effect, you'll be surprised how calm you feel.

Pain won't be any issue

Many people who have dental phobia are concerned that the visit will be painful, particularly if they've had negative experiences in the past. An increased pain threshold is one particularly important advantage of sedation dentistry. In some cases, patients require no anesthesia or a lower dosage when they use sedatives.

Sounds and sights won't trigger fears

If you have a dental phobia, sometimes just catching a glimpse of dental equipment or hearing sounds you associate with past treatment can raise your anxiety level. Thanks to sedation dentistry, you won't react at all to those triggers. You'll be able to relax in the dental chair while your dentist examines your teeth or performs a dental procedure.

You may spend less time at the dentist's office

You may have to make several visits to your Stockton dentist before you're able to actually stay for the appointment if your fear is overwhelming. If you can only control your anxiety for short periods of time, you might have to leave before your dentist can perform all of the work scheduled for your visit. When you choose sedation dentistry, you'll be able to handle a longer procedure and won't have to return to the office as often.

With sedation dentistry, dental visits don't have to be painful or frightening. Call Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar (Otal) and Dr. Emil Tanase--your Stockton, CA dentists at Brookside Dental Care--at (209) 952-8804 and learn how they can make your visit much more comfortable.


4ReasonsWhyYouMayNeedtoSeeaPeriodontistforYourGumDisease

After treating you for periodontal (gum) disease for some time, we may suggest you see a periodontist, a specialist in gum conditions and diseases. There are a number of reasons for a referral, including the specific type of gum disease you may have developed.

Here are 4 more reasons why seeing a periodontist might be advantageous at this stage in your dental care.

Advanced treatment. All dentists are skilled in basic treatment procedures for gum disease, particularly removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that cause and sustain infections. But if your disease has advanced deeper below the gum line and has resulted in infection-filled void pockets between teeth and gums or in gum recession (the tissues shrinking back from the teeth), you may need more advanced techniques and equipment provided by a periodontist.

Advanced Cleanings. Regular, twice-a-year office cleanings are part of every dental care program. But depending on the severity of your gum disease (and your own hygiene efforts) you may need more frequent and advanced cleanings to keep recurring infections at bay. A periodontist can provide this, as well as help you develop a daily hygiene plan that meets your needs.

Your general health. There are a number of systemic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease or pregnancy that can affect gum health. Many of these issues are tied to tissue inflammation, a major component of chronic gum disease, as well as slower tissue healing. As specialists in the gums and their relationship with the rest of the body, a periodontist can develop a treatment approach that coordinates with these other health issues.

Future restoration preparation. One of our treatment goals with gum disease is to try to prolong the life of natural teeth for as long as possible. In reality, though, some or all of your teeth may have a shortened life expectancy. If a comprehensive dental restoration is in your future, a periodontist can help prepare your gums for the inevitable. They may also be able to repair or restore gum tissues that enhance the appearance of a restoration to create a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on advanced treatment for periodontal disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Referral to a Dental Specialist.”


By Brookside Dental Care
April 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
GiancarloStantonGetsMajor-LeagueMouthProtection

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”