Posts for tag: Sedation Dentistry

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.

By Brookside Dental Care
January 11, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Thanks to sedation dentistry, there's no need to fear dental treatment. Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar and Dr. Emil Tanase, your sedation dentistryStockton, CA dentists at Brookside Dental Care, share information about sedation dentistry options.

Why sedation can be a good option

Dental phobias can prevent you from getting the care you need. When you don't receive prompt treatment for dental issues, small problems that can be easily treated can soon turn into major oral health issues that require more extensive procedures.

Thanks to sedation dentistry, you won't feel nervous or apprehensive during your visit, plus pain won't be a problem. The sights, sounds and smells of a dental office can be a little frightening if you suffer from dental phobia. When you choose sedation, the entire appointment will be stress-free from the moment you walk through the door to the moment you leave.

Sedation dentistry can also help make future visits more pleasant. After a positive visit, you'll be more likely to keep your next appointment. When you're more comfortable, you may find that you can tolerate longer appointments and won't need to break treatments into several sessions.

Sedation options in Stockton

Your dentist can offer you several sedation options, including:

  • Oral Sedatives: Oral sedatives are pills that can help improve relaxation and decrease anxiety. Because the effects of the sedatives can last for a few hours, you'll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Sedatives are generally taken about an hour before your appointment, although your dentist will advise you when to take your pill.
  • Inhalation Conscious Sedation: When you choose the inhaled form of sedation, also called laughing gas, you'll not only feel calm but also won't experience any pain. You can drive to and from your appointment if you choose this option.
  • Intravenous Conscious Sedation: Although you'll be awake with intravenous conscious sedation, you won't remember much about your appointment. The sedation medication is placed in an intravenous (IV) line in your arm and quickly helps you feel much more relaxed. Someone must drive you home if you have intravenous conscious sedation.

Could you benefit from sedation dentistry? If you want a less stressful dental experience, call Dr. Pritsky, Dr. Nijjar and Dr. Tanase, your Stockton, CA dentists at Brookside Dental Care, at (209) 952-8804 to schedule your appointment.

By Brookside Dental Care
August 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Visiting the dentist for cleanings, checkups and needed dental work is one of the pillars of dental health, along with daily hygiene and a nutritious diet. But an estimated 50% of people have some form of anxiety about dental visits — and around 15% actually avoid care because of it.

If you feel nervous about dental visits, there are ways to reduce your anxiety. First and foremost is to find a compassionate provider you trust and feel comfortable around, who listens non-judgmentally to your concerns.

But that's only the beginning: depending on your degree of anxiety, you could require more help to relax through sedation medication. The drugs and methods used can induce various degrees of consciousness ranging from mild relaxation to more sleep-like states.

The most basic is oral sedation. Typically, this involves taking the medication by mouth about an hour before an appointment. You can take it by itself to increase relaxation or along with other forms of sedation (like inhaling nitrous oxide gas) or local anesthesia.

Beyond inhalation, a higher level of sedation involves injecting the medication into the blood stream through an intravenous (IV) drip. This induces a deeper “semi-awake” level of consciousness, but differs from general anesthesia, which places a patient into unconsciousness to block pain during a major procedure. With IV sedation you may still be able to respond to verbal commands or touch; and although you're monitored for vital signs you won't need medical assistance to maintain breathing and heart function.

With today's advanced sedation drugs and methods, we can control dosages to achieve just the right level of sedation, as well as reduce the amount of time the drug may affect you afterward in recovery. Many drugs also have an amnesiac effect so that you'll remember little if any about the procedure afterward.

Whether by mouth, inhalation or with an IV, sedation therapy can make a difference no matter what your level of anxiety. And if your dental visits continue to be comfortable and pleasant ones, you're more likely to receive the care you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you would like more information on sedation methods during dental care, 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
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.