By Brookside Dental Care
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Sedation dentistry makes it possible to get the dental care you need if you find dental appointments stressful. Your Stockton, CA, dentists, Drs. Alexander Pritsky and Roger Lang of Brookside Dental Care can help you choose the best sedation method for you.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry

Regular dental checkups are essential for good oral health and reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Unfortunately, dental fears or phobias may make it difficult or impossible to visit the Stockton dental office for a checkup or treatment.

Fortunately, taking or receive sedatives before or during your appointment can help you feel calm and relaxed. Thanks to sedation dentistry, you'll no longer cancel appointments or feel ready to bolt from the dental chair just a few minutes into your visit.

Sedation options available

These sedation options can reduce stress and anxiety:

  • Oral Sedatives: You'll take prescription oral sedatives about an hour before your appointment time. If you find it difficult to even walk through the doors of the dental office, an oral sedative can be a good option. Because sedatives can cause a little drowsiness, someone will need to drive you to and from the office.
  • Inhalation Conscious Sedation: You'll inhale nitrous oxide (laughing gas) through a small mask if you opt for inhalation conscious sedation. You'll be aware of everything that goes on during your appointment, but you'll feel calm and at ease. The effects of the gas stop the minute your treatment ends. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment with this method.
  • Intravenous Conscious Sedation: During intravenous conscious sedation, a sedative is delivered via an intravenous (IV) line placed in a vein in your arm or hand. Although you'll be awake during the appointment, you won't remember anything about your visit. You'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment if you will be taking advantage of intravenous conscious sedation.

Don't let dental fears keep you from seeing the dentist. Sedation dentistry can make your dental visits more pleasant. Call your dentists in Stockton, CA, Drs. Alexander Pritsky and Roger Lang of Brookside Dental Care, at (209) 952-8804 to schedule your appointment.

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