Posts for tag: dental anxiety

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
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.