Sedation Dentistry


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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles

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