Sleep Your Way to a Healthy Smile | Dentist in Riverside

For some of us, going to the dentist is a rather frightening thing to think about doing. There are plenty of reasons one would be nervous about, sitting in the dental chair, and it is a very common fear for many patients. Thankfully, there is help that can get you through these checkups so you can have a healthy smile, regardless of your dental anxiety.

Sedation dentistry, also referred to as “sleep dentistry”, uses medication to help ease and relax patients before or during their dental procedure. There are many methods that can be used in sedation dentistry, and the method used depends on the patient’s needs. Here are the four most common methods of sedation dentistry:

Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a mask over your nose. This nitrous oxide helps calm the patient’s nerves. This method requires little recovery however, you will still need to have someone drive you home.

Oral sedation. The night before a procedure, the patient will take an oral medication to ensure that you’re calm and relaxed during the procedure. The recovery time for this method is a bit longer, so a ride home will be necessary.

IV sedation. This method is considered to be moderate to deep sedation. This type of dental sedation is administered into the bloodstream, which results in immediate relaxation.

General anesthesia. The strongest method of sedation is general anesthesia. During this type of sedation, the patient cannot be easily awakened until the effects fully wear off. Because it will take a while, making arrangements for a ride home will be wise.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

Dr. Gerald Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.

Let’s Make One Thing ClearCorrect | Riverside Dentist

When we realize that our permanent set of teeth, and those teeth are coming in crooked, we often consider wearing braces. Unfortunately, these days there are lots of different options to consider. Traditional, ceramic, lingual, invisible – which one is best for you? Fortunately, this decision is based on the treatment plan you and your dental professional will discuss together based on your particular situation.

These days, it seems invisible braces are the way to go. So many companies are offering you ways to straighten your teeth through a mail system. Consider talking to your dental professional before choosing this option because your smile is a snowflake and needs to be looked after personally.

With ClearCorrect invisible braces, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get your dream smile.

First, your dentist will take impressions, photos, and x-rays of your teeth that ClearCorrect uses in manufacturing your custom aligners. Your impressions, photos and x-rays will be sent to ClearCorrect, along with a prescription for your new custom aligners. A 3D model of your teeth will then be created. This model will be used for you and your dentist to see the projected results of treatment. When you are satisfied with the projected results, ClearCorrect with begin manufacturing your custom aligners.

You will wear the aligners at all times, except when eating, drinking and brushing/flossing. The good thing is, ClearCorrect aligners are barely noticeable and won’t interfere with daily life. Your teeth will slowly adjust and align with each new aligner you receive. Eventually you will have the straight beautiful smile you have always dreamed of.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

Dr. Gerald Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.