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Sedation Dentistry

If you find it challenging to be relaxed in the dental chair, then you might consider our Calgary sedation dentistry services. Some patients feel stressed and anxious about dental treatments, resulting in a situation where they endure a toothache over stepping foot in a dental office. At Southcentre Dental, we offer a relaxing environment and medical options to support the dental treatments that are needed.

Choosing our Calgary sedation dentistry can produce a feeling of calm and relaxation before, during, and even after nearly any dental procedure. This treatment uses medication to help you relax. Unlike general anesthesia that puts you to sleep, most patients are awake during the treatment.

Levels of Sedation

You have the option to talk to a sedation dentist in Calgary, such as Southcentre Dental, about the type of sedation that fits your needs. In addition to the sedation, you will also receive a local anesthetic to numb the site where the dental work is needed. 

There are four levels of sedation to consider:


Inhaled Sedation: Commonly known as “laughing gas,” this type of sedation is administered by breathing nitrous oxide. A mask is placed over your nose, helping you relax as you breathe the gas. Your sedation dentist in Calgary has the ability to manage the amount of nitrous oxide you receive. Typically, the sedation effect wears off quickly after the mask is removed.


IV Sedation: A form of moderate sedation can be administered through an IV in the dental office. IV sedation is not as common as inhaled sedation or oral medication. As with nitrous oxide, the dentist has the control to make continual adjustments to the sedation level.


Oral Sedation: A dosage of medication can be given via a pill or a drink for children. Usually, the sedation medication is administered an hour before the treatment. You will likely feel drowsy but still be awake and relaxed. If moderate sedation is needed, then a larger dose can be administered.


General Anesthesia: In some cases, patients choose general anesthesia that makes them totally unconscious. This sedation is typically limited to hospitals or a specialty sedation dentist in Calgary with specific accreditation to provide deep sedation.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Are you thinking about visiting a sedation dentist in Calgary? Sedation is a great option for people who experience anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist. It can also be helpful for patients with sensitive teeth, have a low pain threshold, or need a large amount of dental work in one visit. Sometimes sedation is an option when a child refuses to cooperate during the dental visit.

During your initial consultation at our Calgary office, Dr. Jennifer Silver will listen carefully to any concerns you may have about comfort during your general, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry procedure to help you determine if sedation may be of benefit to you. Please call us at (403) 278-1415 to schedule your consultation and learn more.

Sedation in Dentistry FAQ

Who Benefits From Dental Sedation?
  • Patients with dental anxiety
  • Patients with sensitive teeth
  • Patients with a low pain threshold
  • Patients with an active gag reflex

This list is obviously far from exhaustive. You can ask Dr. Silver if you’re a good candidate for dental sedation dentistry at your initial consultation.

How Sedated Will I Be?

The most common type of dental sedation we practice relies on oral sedation instead of intravenous drugs. About an hour before your dental sedation Dr. Silver will give you a mild sedative. The medication will help to relax you. We will not start any treatment until you are relaxed.

  • You will need a ride home after your appointment so you will need to arrange a companion.
  • You will need to take the day off work but you will be Ok to work the following day.
  • For many patients  the big benefit of sedation is you have very little memory or in some cases no memory of the procedures
What procedures can you use sedation for?

Sedation can be used for any dental procedure. We don’t want fear to be an obstacle to receiving the care you want. We have patients who receive sedation for routine dental cleanings all the way to more complex procedures such as veneers and implants.

Again, you shouldn’t’t just assume that your procedure is incompatible with sedation . Dr. Silver is happy to discuss dental sedation with you at your initial consultation.

To learn if sedation dentistry could be of benefit to you, call (403) 278-1415 and schedule a consultation at our Calgary office today. There are many reasons people look to sedation during dental procedures. Some of the most common are:

  • Experience sensitive teeth
  • Have a low tolerance for discomfort
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Require multiple treatments

Fear and anxiety regarding medical procedures in general or dental treatments in particular can stem from any number of previous experiences. Sedation dentistry is often a gentle and effective way to deal with these emotional discomforts, enabling you to enjoy the benefits of dental services without the fear or anxiety that may accompany them.

In addition to assisting with anxiety and fear, sedation dentistry may be of benefit if you have:

  • An overactive gag reflex
  • Sensitive teeth
  • TMJ
  • Difficulties getting numb
  • General restlessness

There are a number of conditions – both physical and emotional – that can make sedation beneficial prior to your treatment. Dr. Silver can discuss these in detail during your initial consultation to help you determine if sedation dentistry is a good solution for your needs.

To learn more about sedation dentistry in Calgary or surrounding areas of Alberta, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic and schedule an appointment today.

Dental Sedation is a method Dr. Silver uses to help alleviate the fear and anxiety that can accompany any dental procedure. Using time-tested methods, dental sedation offered in our office is capable of producing feelings of relaxation without the risks associated with general anesthesia. Calgary, Alberta dentist Dr. Silver believes that everyone deserves to feel comfortable during their general and cosmetic dental procedures. Working with each patient on an individual basis, Dr. Silver can help you determine if dental sedation is right for you.

Our Dental Sedation Procedures

The most common dental sedation procedure performed at Southcentre Dental Clinic is oral sedation. With oral sedation, you will be given a mild sedative in pill form about an hour prior to your dental procedure. The medication in this pill will be strong enough to help you feel completely relaxed, yet gentle enough to allow you to remain conscious and able to respond to Dr. Silver’s instructions. This method has proven effective in treating even the most severe dental phobias, and is suitable for nearly all of our adult patients.

The type of dental sedation that is best suited to meet your needs will be determined during your initial consultation with Dr. Silver. With these options, you can receive the general dental care you need, and the cosmetic dental services you deserve without the fear and discomfort that can accompany any trip to the dentist’s office.

If anxiety of the dentist or fear of dental procedures has prevented you from seeking the care you need, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry uses a prescription sedative that provides a deep state of relaxation for your treatment. Calgary dentist Dr. Jennifer Silver can help you determine if sedation dentistry is right for you.

From dental checkups and teeth cleanings to cosmetic dentistry services, sedation dentistry can be used in a wide range of procedures. Sedation dentistry consists of an oral sedative that is taken prior to your treatment; this sedative allows you to remain conscious but feel deeply relaxed during your office visit.

In addition to easing the anxieties of those with dental phobias, sedation dentistry can also benefit patients who:

  • Dental anxiety
  • Sensitive teeth
  • A low pain threshold
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Complex dental issues which require extensive procedures
  • Difficulty sitting still in the dentist’s chair
  • An active gag reflex
  • Traumatic dental experiences in the past

To learn if you’re a candidate to enjoy the benefits of sedation dentistry, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment. We welcome patients from the greater Calgary, Alberta, area.

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