Sedation dentistry is the use of oral or intravenous sedation to calm a patient during a dental procedure. There are many situations where sedation can benefit the patient by making it easier to receive treatment.

Patients Who Benefit from Sedation Dentistry

A major beneficiary of sedation dentistry are people who suffer from two related conditions, dental phobia and dental anxiety. These may not seem like serious issues to some, but over 40 percent of Canadians have serious fears about visiting a dentist. Many of these patients have been avoiding regular preventive care for years, but sedation dentistry can help them get the treatment they need.

Patients who have a gag reflex find it difficult to allow a dentist to put instruments in their mouth. They’re another group that could be assisted by sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can also be the answer for patients with sensitive teeth or patients with a low pain threshold. There are also patients who prefer sedation dentistry because they have difficulty sitting still in a dental chair.

Some dental procedures such as complete smile makeovers or extensive restoration procedures are time-consuming and may require multiple visits to complete. For these patients, sedation dentistry could make their appointments pass more easily and the total number of necessary appointments may even be reduced when sedation is used.

Two Types of Sedation–Intravenous and Oral

Sedation dentistry is commonly referred to as conscious sedation. Patients can choose to be relaxed using either oral or intravenous (IV) sedation, but they will remain alert enough to follow the dentist’s directions.

At Williams Lake Smiles, IV sedation is always administered by a trained professional. A sedative drug is administered intravenously using an injection. The dentist will monitor the patient and adjust the level of sedation throughout the procedure. Dr. Wassenaar also has hospital privileges for cases where a stronger level of sedation is required.

Oral sedation is the most common type of sedation used by dentists in Canada. It’s easier to administer than IV sedation. With oral sedation, patients take an oral sedative prior to the procedure which leaves them feeling drowsy, but they remain awake during the procedure.

During sedation dentistry, Dr. Wassenaar will also administer local anesthesia to temporarily block the pain impulses in the area that’s being treated. When receiving sedation dentistry,  you should remember to arrange to have someone take you home afterwards because you’ll still be too groggy to drive.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.


Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles

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