6116 Merced Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
4174 Park Boulevard Suite A
Oakland, CA 94602
Jovicich, Thomas A D.D.S.
5363 Balboa Blvd # 534
Encino, CA, 91316-2851
Tancreto, David J D.D.S.
1140 2nd St # B
Brentwood, CA, 94513-2223
Sabourin, Christopher D.D.S.
1829 Shaw Ave # 104
Clovis, CA, 93611-4044
Zweig, Stefan I D.D.S.
1344 Granada Ave
San Marino, CA, 91108-2354
We'd like to offer one comforting and wonderful fact about today's dentistry: it's much less stressful than it used to be.
Technology, new procedures, and some very sophisticated approaches to dental anesthesia have all contributed to comfortable dentistry, from cleaning to cavity preparations to root canals.
But what if you didn't grow up with modern dentistry, and remember it differently?
If you have had difficult dental experiences, you may be among the 150 million Americans who white-knuckle their way through treatment, or avoid the dentist altogether. The fact is, about 80% of the fearful can overcome dental phobia, with a little help from conscious sedation.
Many dentists understand dental fear and where it comes from. And many are becoming trained in forming good working relationships with fearful patients. Your dentist should encourage you to voice your anxiety and discuss your problems with him or her, before he or she touches a tooth in your mouth.
They should listen to your needs, and agree on small things that help you maintain a sense of control - a hand signal works with some patients. But talking about fear with your dentist - being assertive and letting him or her know what bothers you - is the first step.
If you're moderately anxious, the dental team can provide distracting diversions to put those concerns to rest. If you're extremely anxious, they can virtually put anxiety to rest via oral sedation. This approach involves taking a mild sedative before you arrive for your appointment. You remain awake, but extremely relaxed - so relaxed that many patients have all their needed dental work completed in a single office visit. If dental anxiety has kept you from making an appointment you know is needed - a sedation dentist can help!
A. Your sedation dentist will administer just enough sedation so that you'll be completely unaware of the treatment, as if you were asleep.
A. At the end of the treatment, you'll have little or no memory of what was accomplished.
A. Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever during treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.
A. Sedation dentists can generally do it all—implants, dentures, cosmetic dentistry treatments, crowns, even gum surgery.
A. Oral sedation dentistry protocols have been used safely for 30 years. Sedation dentists will review your medical history and monitor you closely while under sedation.
A. Almost all sedation dentists will review your coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements so you get the care you need.