Posts for tag: Sedation Dentistry

By Brookside Dental Care
March 07, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

Fear of the dentist is a common situation that affects many people. Luckily, you can work with your dentist to overcome your fear by using sedation dentistry. But how does sedation dentistry work? Can it help your dental anxiety? Find out with Dr. Alexander Pritsky and Dr. Roger Lang at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA.

What is sedation dentistry? 

Sedation dentistry is a way for dentists to help patients cope with anxiety related to dental visits and procedures. Many events or experiences can trigger this anxiety, keeping patients from seeking out the preventive and necessary care they require for their smiles. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help the patient relax both mind and body during their dental visit. Sedation dentistry comes in various strengths depending on the patient, the complexity of their procedure, and the level of their dental anxiety.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry? 

A good candidate for sedation dentistry is in good health and able to undergo the sedation process. In addition to helping patients relax, sedation dentistry allows several procedures to be completed in one visit. Sedation dentistry can also help those with jaw weakness or pain, people with a severe gag reflex, and other physical limitations. Dentists recommend against sedation dentistry if the patient has a heart condition, is taking certain medications, has medical allergies, or suffers from certain respiratory conditions.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry has several different levels and strengths, beginning with a local anesthetic. This numbs the work area of the mouth. From there, sedation begins conservatively with mild sedation or “laughing gas.” Moderate sedation will keep the patient conscious, but they will probably not remember much of their procedure. Deep sedation will cause the patient to go fully to sleep and undergo their procedure while unconscious.

For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Alexander Pritsky and Dr. Roger Lang at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA. Call 209-952-8804 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Brookside Dental Care
May 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Do you suffer from Dentophobia? Here at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, Drs. Alexander Pritsky and Roger Lang use sedation dentistry to pacify your panic and ensure a calm, comfortable experience.

More about Dental Anxiety

Depending on the severity of your anxiety, your dentist may prescribe one of four levels of sedation to accommodate and relax you. There is minimal, moderate, and deep sedation, as well as general anesthesia. Minimal being relaxed, moderate resulting in slurred speech, with a hazy memory of the procedure, and deep sedation bringing you to the edge of wakefulness. General anesthesia causes complete unconsciousness until it wears off or is reversed.

Why Do Patients in Stockton Need Sedation Dentistry?

People often fear pain when it comes to going to their Stockton dentist. Most of the time, the minimum local anesthetic is enough to quell the pain. With sedation, the dentist uses less anesthesia. Sedation dentistry is also efficient, as more work can be done without the patient becoming overstressed, leading to fewer visits to the dentist. This results in increased risks of dental problems.

Sedation dentistry prevents people from avoiding the dentist and induces a more positive experience at the office, overriding the triggers of panic. This is beneficial for when you're going to the dentist's office, during the procedure, and while booking future appointments.

Whom Should You Call?

Visiting the dentist is an important aspect of self-care, as dental health is linked to overall health. At Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, the practice of sedation dentistry can alleviate the tensions and worries that come with dental anxiety during treatment, but overcoming the fear of making it to the office is an individual effort. The first step in that effort is to call Drs. Alexander Pritsky and Roger Lang at (209) 952-8804 or visit  to learn more about sedation dentistry.


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.

By Brookside Dental Care
August 05, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Most dental procedures today only require local anesthesia to numb just the affected area. It's a safer approach than general anesthesia: the unconscious state created by putting someone "to sleep" can lead to some unpleasant complications.

But patient comfort involves more than preventing physical pain during a procedure. There's also the emotional factor—many people experience nervousness, anxiety or fear during dental visits. It's especially problematic for an estimated 15% of the population whose dental visit anxiety is so great they often try to avoid dental care altogether.

One option is to use general anesthesia for patients with acute anxiety rather than local anesthesia. This removes them consciously from their anxiety, but they must then be monitored closely for complications.

But there's a safer way to relax patients with high anxiety called intravenous or IV sedation. The method delivers a sedative medication directly into a patient's bloodstream through a small needle or catheter inserted into a vein. The sedative places the patient in a relaxed "semi-awake" state, taking the edge off their anxiety while still enabling them to respond to verbal commands.

Coupled with local anesthesia, they won't experience any pain and very little if any discomfort. And many of the sedatives used also have an amnesiac effect so that the patient won't remember the procedures being performed.

IV sedation does require monitoring of vital signs, but the patient won't need help maintaining their breathing or heart function. And although the medication can be adjusted to reduce any lingering after-effects, a patient will still need someone to accompany them to and from their visit.

For lesser anxiety or nervousness, dentists sometimes prescribe an oral sedative to take just before a visit. This can help take the edge off your nerves and help you relax. With either method, though, sedation can help you overcome fear and anxiety and have a more pleasant treatment experience.

If you would like more information on IV sedation, 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 “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”

By Brookside Dental Care
March 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Like any phobia, fear of going to the dentist can range from mild to crippling depending on the person and their personal levels of anxiety. sedation dentistryIn addition to causing a great deal of stress, dental phobia can interfere with getting essential preventive care and treatment, putting your oral health at risk. Whether you need to have a cavity filled or require dental surgery, sedation dentistry can help you get the dental care you need in a calm and comfortable setting. The dentists at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, offer several types of sedation for every situation.

Sedation Dentistry in Stockton, CA

Dental phobias come in all shapes and sizes. Some people are afraid of needles, others panic at the mere sight of the dentist, while some may feel the most anxious while sitting in the waiting room anticipating their procedure. Sedation dentistry provides relief from any discomfort associated with your procedure, as well as peace of mind before and during treatment.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

There are three types of sedation available at Brookside Dental Care:

  • Oral
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Intravenous (IV)

In addition to helping you to relax and manage your fear and anxiety about getting dental work, mild to moderate sedation can make it easier for your dentist to work on your teeth and gums, which can ultimately yield better results and possibly get you out of the dentist's chair faster. A relaxed and sedated patient will not tense up, clench their jaw, or flinch as the dentist is trying to work. Taking advantage of sedation dentistry to keep up with your oral health is a great way to protect your smile and prevent the risk of needing more extensive dental work in the future as a result of skipping regular dental care due to fear and anxiety.

Find a Sedation Dentist in Stockton, CA

Don't let stress, fear or anxiety interfere with your oral health and getting the dental care that you need. For more information about sedation dentistry services, contact our office by calling (209) 952-8804 to schedule an appointment with a dentist today.