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How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

What Causes Bad Breath? How to Prevent Halitosis

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From job interviews to first dates, exhaling an off-putting odour around others when trying to make a strong first impression can sometimes have disastrous consequences. Patients in Abbotsford visit the dentist regularly because of bad breath; bad breath (also known as halitosis) is the third most common motivation for dentist appointments (after tooth decay and gum disease).

But is halitosis actually a medical problem, or is it merely the result of poor dental hygiene? Is it genetic for some and preventable for others? Many of our Abbotsford dental patients ask these questions all the time, wondering if more frequent visits to their Abbotsford dentist office are necessary, if there are household remedies instead or if they have nothing to worry about at all.

What is Bad Breath?

Before you decide on the cure for bad breath that’s best for you, it’s helpful to know exactly what it is.

First of all, bad breath is a symptom, not a disease or a condition. That means that bad breath is always caused by something else and is never an inherent problem. That it’s not a diagnosis is a good sign, but it also means that, in most cases, there are other concerns of dental hygiene.

If you think you might suffer from halitosis, the first thing to do is get examined by a dentist. According to medical studies, as many as 72% of people who self-diagnose as having halitosis either have psychological concerns about bad breath or their bad breath is temporary. On the other hand, about 20% of the general population do genuinely suffer from halitosis to some degree.

So knowing the source of the problem and the extent of it can go a long way in reversing your bad breath for good, whether it’s an ongoing problem or a fleeting issue because of shortcomings in your oral hygiene routine. A professional dental examination in Abbotsford can properly identify specific causes of bad breath and appropriate remedies.

Causes of Bad Breath

For those who authentically suffer from halitosis, about 90% of all causes of bad breath originate in the mouth; the remaining causes of bad breath are known as “extra-oral processes,” which means they exist elsewhere in your body. Of this latter category, in very rare circumstances, halitosis can be a symptom of more serious underlying medical conditions, including liver failure.

Often, however, bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, allowing bacteria to fester along your gum lines and on your tongue and thus generating offending odours.

Causes of Bad Breath

1. Dry Mouth

Xerostomia, the medical term for dry mouth, can often create bad breath because a lack of saliva production and lubrication in your mouth allow bacteria to cultivate in your mouth. Moreover, food odours are often temporary because salivary flow washes them away quickly.

2. Gum Disease

A buildup of plaque in your mouth because of a lack of teeth brushing and flossing often creates smelly odours in your mouth, especially when plaque buildup leads to gingivitis.

3. Foods and Drinks

Even with good oral hygiene, certain foods like onions and garlic can create smelly odours. Sometimes their odours can migrate to your lungs through your bloodstream after your stomach processes them, in which case you have to wait for them to go through your system. Sugary foods and acidic drinks like coffee and juices also provide a home for bacteria in your mouth.

4. Extra-Oral Processes

In about 10% of cases, halitosis is caused by factors such as nasal cavities, metabolic disorders (e.g. blood-borne bad breath via dimethyl sulphide) and, very rarely, diseases such as diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer and respiratory tract infections.

Bad Breath Remedies

For those concerned about bad breath after eating or drinking, brushing and flossing your teeth afterwards can make a huge difference. Breath mints or sprays are also great at momentarily disguising the smell, although they can’t be a substitute for reversing any underlying causes.

Chewing on gum or sugar-free candy can also help to stimulate saliva flow that can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth—this technique is also helpful for people who suffer from dry  mouth.

Be sure to stay hydrated with lots of water, snack on crunchy fruits and veggies and stay on top of your vitamin-C intake to further reduce halitosis-causing oral bacteria.

If your bad breath is caused by gum disease, it’s best to speak with your dentist about devising an oral hygiene that’s suited for you and your needs. A dentist can also be instrumental in leading to a diagnosis of extra-oral causes, such as nasal cavities or metabolic disorders.

Bad Breath Treatment at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford are fully trained and equipped to help identify halitosis and its causes. As well, we can prepare customized treatment plans for your mouth to get your breath smelling fantastic again.

Call us at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online today.

By : Clayburn Dental/February 17, 2017/Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Meet the Team: Alissa Gorner

clayburn dental - meet the team alissaAlissa is our Treatment Coordinator at Clayburn Dental. She’s the one who takes care of our patients from start to finish! Not only does she have great communication and organization skills, she always brings her A-game when it comes to customer service.

Aside from the friendly, energetic personality that we have come to known, what is Alissa like? Let’s get to know her better.

What are your hobbies?

“Painting, drawing, and sculpting. What I enjoy most about these hobbies is they help me relax, and are a fantastic creative outlet.”

Who is your hero and why?

“My sister Stephanie, who gave birth at 24 weeks, and who has had the strength to be at the hospital in Vancouver every day for the last four months to support her tiny little daughter.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Ryan Gosling, and I’d probably ask for his hand in marriage.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I just got my BA degree in psychology and criminal justice!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Our fantastic patients, who are always so kind, and also the flexibility that Clayburn has provided me while I went to university. They made my life much less difficult. Finally, my coworkers who I look forward to spending time with each time I work.”

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/February 06, 2017/General/ CommentsRead More

Top 10 Causes of Toothaches

What Are the Top 10 Reasons for a Toothache?

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Toothaches happen to everybody, and they’re always a source of discomfort, or in a minority of cases, extreme pain. It’s one of the most common dental ailments there is, and a top reason why many people end up visiting a dentist.

Of course, if you ever experience pain in your mouth or jaw, the causes for a toothache can sometimes be mysterious. Many people naturally assume a cavity is the main culprit, but in fact, there are many potential reasons for why you might have a toothache – many of which are treatable.

Always be sure to visit your local Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental so we can help pinpoint the source of your tooth soreness and get your teeth feeling great again.

To better understand some of the different reasons for a sore tooth, we are going to count down the 10 common explanations that we encounter every day with many of our patients.

Top 10 Common Causes of Toothache

#10 – Wisdom Teeth Growing

Often times, when wisdom teeth begin crowning or if they already have crowned, they create teeth misalignment, pushing against other teeth and placing pressure on your jaws and gums. Wisdom teeth removal or orthodontic treatment can usually remedy this soreness.

#9 – Sinus Infection

In some cases, the source of your toothache might not even be in your mouth! If you suffer from sinuses, it’s possible that nasal congestion and tenderness in your upper jaw is causing your teeth pain.

#8 – Improper Teeth Brushing

Not maintaining a recommend routine for oral hygiene can cause long-term damage to your teeth and pain in the short term. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps to remove plaque that causes tooth pain if undealt with, and brushing your teeth with too much pressure can also irritate the gum areas, causing them to recede in the long run if done regularly.

#7 – Sensitive Teeth

If you feel sharp pains in your teeth when eating hot foods or cold drinks, you might have sensitive teeth, either from a receding gum line and/or weakening teeth enamel. Talk to us at Clayburn Dental to devise a plan to help combat your teeth discomfort.

#6 – Gum Disease

Gum disease is a leading cause of bleeding gums and constant tenderness in the mouth area, usually leading to teeth pain. Our Abbotsford dental professionals can assist in strategizing an oral-hygiene plan to ward off gingivitis in your mouth for good!

#5 – Injury or Tooth Fractures

Get into a sports injury, or chip your tooth while taking a fall? Damaging, fracturing, or even just slightly chipping a tooth can lead to serious oral pain. We can consult with you about your options for dental fillings and dental crowns to get you smiling again.

#4 – Damaged Fillings

Any dental fillings that cover pre-existing gaps or chips can cause more tooth pain if they ever become damaged or dislodged, exposing the sensitive part of your tooth to temperatures, food, and drinks that could create sharp pains. Talk to your dentist here in Abbotsford so we can diagnose a broken dental filing for you and eliminate tooth pain.

#3 – Teeth Grinding

Many people subconsciously grind their teeth at night while they sleep without even realizing it. Bruxism, as it’s known, causes friction amongst the teeth, jaw, neck, and mouth muscles. Consider getting a comfortable, custom-fit mouth guard for your sleep so you won’t wake up with tooth pain anymore.

#2 – Abscessed Tooth

What is an abscessed tooth? Simply put, an abscessed tooth is a painful infection at or near a tooth’s root, causing the outer layer of tooth enamel to break away and exposing the sensitive inner part of a tooth as a pain point.

#1 – Tooth Decay

Of course, the top cause for tooth pain is tooth decay, a common problem that at one point or another affects most people. It’s hard for many people to spot tooth decay until it develops into a cavity and has broken into the inner layer of a tooth known as the dentin. Always consult with your dentists at Clayburn Dental about how to reverse tooth decay while it’s still treatable or to learn about receiving a cavity filling.

Stop Tooth Pain at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

If your toothache lasts longer than a day and/or is causing significant distress, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

For minor toothaches, call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can help your mouth feeling great again.

By : Clayburn Dental/January 23, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Root Canal Treatment and How it Works

Understanding Root Canal Treatment

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Many patients fear a root canal treatment because they’re not sure what it is or how a root canal works, and they think it sounds painful. A root canal treatment is actually an effective way to repair an infected tooth, a damaged tooth or relieve consistent inflammation of dental pulp.

In many cases, without a root canal procedure, you could risk not only losing your tooth but opening up the surrounding area in your mouth to further infections. As such, root canal treatments are one of the most common procedures in dentist offices.

Many patients here in Abbotsford ask, “Will a root canal hurt?” and “Is a root canal necessary?” The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental personally assess the extent of the damage to each patient’s tooth and carefully analyse X-rays to plan for a safe and successful procedure and ensure that there is little to no pain at all for most patients.

What is a Root Canal Procedure?

The colloquial name for the procedure actually comes from a part of the tooth itself. The root canal is a space inside a tooth that is full of living tissue called dental pulp. A root canal procedure, officially known as endodontic treatment, is needed when dental pulp becomes infected.

What are Endodontics?

Endodontics is the dental practice of studying and treating dental pulp. Dental pulp is the soft tissue that lives in the middle of the tooth in the root canal area that visually resembles a narrow, hollow vessel.

Dental pulp contains nerves, arterioles, venules and different kinds of tissues – any of which become damaged, a dentist is needed to help save the tooth with endodontic treatment.

What Are the Causes of an Infected Tooth for a Root Canal?

Any time a root canal becomes infected or is seriously susceptible to infection, your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental will recommend a personalized root canal treatment for you.

Dental pulp infections are the most common cause of root canal therapies, as bacteria from the infections often causes tooth decay that can permanently damage the tooth, leading to tooth loss.

Other causes such as tooth fractures or chips that are extensive enough to expose the root canal – in these cases, root canal treatment is a pre-emptive measure against tooth infection.

How Does Root Canal Procedure Work?

At Clayburn Dental, we personally examine X-rays of your mouth to ensure safe and effective treatment. After applying local anaesthesia, a dental dam is applied over your mouth as a protective shield.

With small instruments, we create a tiny opening in your tooth to access the root canal, and clean out the dental pulp and the surrounding area for disinfection. After filling the area, we seal the opening with gutta-percha, a rubber-like, biocompatible material and top it off with natural-feeling cement for a complete seal. For many patients, the procedure can often be completed in a single visit.

Will I Get Root Canal Pain from Endodontic Treatment?

Pain during a root canal treatment is easily mitigated and usually avoided entirely with properly applied anaesthesia. After the anaesthesia wears off, except for severe cases where the pre-existing damage was extensive, most patients experience only mild discomfort for a short period of time.

Root Canal Treatment at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Clayburn Dental Office offers full endodontic treatments to patients of any age in Abbotsford.

Whether you know have fully infected dental pulp, a small chip or fracture in your teeth, or even if you are just experiencing tooth soreness, come see us and we’ll be able to help you recover while making you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can customize a root canal treatment for your specific dental needs.

By : Clayburn Dental/January 11, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist/ CommentsRead More

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier Teeth

New Year’s Tips for Better Dental Hygiene


The New Year is right around the corner, and making resolutions is a popular activity for many of us.

Unfortunately, resolutions can be hard to keep, as most people end up breaking them by spring. That’s why setting realistic resolutions with concrete plans of action are best for achieving results that actually last for the whole year—and beyond!

A good tip to set attainable New Year’s resolutions is to focus on small things, such as curbing bad oral hygiene habits and picking up new habits for a healthier smile.

Oral hygiene is essential for both a beautiful smile and better overall health as well; but all too often oral hygiene gets overlooked because of our hectic lives.

Your local Abbotsford dentist Clayburn Dental has you covered. Read below for five simple tips you can start doing right on January 1st for healthy amazing-looking teeth.

1. Change Your Toothbrush Every 3-6 Months

Changing your toothbrush on a regular basis is important for good oral hygiene. Over time, the bristles on your toothbrush start to wear down and become frayed, rendering them less effective at cleaning your teeth and removing plaque, crucial for preventing cavities and tooth decay.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford recommends changing your toothbrush at least two to four times a year. Thankfully, New Year’s is a perfect time to set a schedule for changing your brush, because then you know to time your brush changes relative to the calendar of the month for each change of season, for example.

So make sure to bust out toothbrushes as a great stocking stuffer!

2. Floss Regularly

Everybody knows how important flossing is but the reality is that until the habit starts to sink in, it can certainly be challenging task to complete every day.

Flossing is the number one best way to help ensure a healthy smile not just because of how effective it is at removing plaque and bacteria between your teeth, but because of the room for improvement it represents in so many people’s daily hygiene routines.

Set small goals for yourself. Instead of thinking about how you have to commit to flossing every day for a whole year, commit to flossing every day for the first week of January. You’ll see how easy and quickly it can be done, and with that satisfaction, you can then tackle a whole month!

Soon it will become such a normal part of your routine, you’ll wonder how you ever went so many days when you were younger without flossing!

3. Healthier Diet

Eating healthier and cutting back on sugar goes a long way towards fighting gum disease, cavities and tooth decay. In fact, studies have shown there is a direct relationship between the amount of sugar one consumes and the amount of tooth decay they are likely to endure.

Start your New Year off right by committing to more days a week that you can set aside for healthier meals. Try to incorporate as much dairy into your diet as possible—calcium makes teeth stronger. High-fibre foods have also been proven to help clearing up plaque and food debris.

4. Quit Smoking

Kicking the habit and quitting smoking is the single best health measure you can take. Aside from significantly reducing your risk of cancer, there are huge benefits for your oral health as well. Quitting smoking cuts your risk of gum disease in half.

Try to find some alternative habits to keep your mind busy and preoccupied throughout the day as you prepare to leave smoking behind for good this New Year’s, and speak to a general practitioner if it helps.

5. Set a Schedule

Some people think that flossing or changing your diet are the most difficult New Year’s resolutions you can make. In fact, simply drafting a schedule you can stick to in order to keep your newfound habits may be the biggest challenge, since after making a schedule, it’s all downhill from there!

Make sure to see a dentist at least every six months for proper cleaning. Routine care is the most effective way of keeping your teeth clean and preemptively protecting yourself from cavities and gum diseases.

New Year’s Dental Checkups at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Get your New Year’s dental-cleaning routine off to a crisp start by scheduling your next dental checkup at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford. We help you keep your New Year’s resolutions and your regular schedule on point, with flexible availability, schedule reminders and more.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online for a healthier smile for the New Year!

By : Clayburn Dental/December 19, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Tips for Kids With Braces: A How-To Guide for Parents

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Helping Kids Take Care of Their Braces

Getting braces is a common part of growing up in Abbotsford for many kids and young teens. Orthodontists estimate that as much as 45% of all kids require braces for common issues such as an overbite or crowded teeth. The proportion of children who require orthodontic treatment becomes as high as 75% when you include not so obvious problems, such as a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.

But despite how increasingly common braces are, children of course can be stubborn and find them frustrating, leading to difficulty in cleaning and oral-hygiene maintenance. Parents understandably want all the help they can get, especially since your children’s smiles are of the utmost importance.

The orthodontic team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford has compiled these tips for braces so parents can help their kids adjust to life with braces and teach kids good skills for orthodontic care.

When Should My Kid Get Braces?

A standard age for getting braces is 10-14. For most children, adult teeth have come in by then and because the jaw is still growing, conditions are favourable for teeth straightening.

However, once baby teeth begin to fall out before the age of 10, check with an orthodontist, because even if adult teeth look like they are coming in straight, there can be crowding issues or overbites/underbites that might be hard to see. Early diagnoses is important for saving time and money!

How to Help My Kid Survive Braces

Many children are self-conscious about braces. They feel uncomfortable and hesitate to smile. Try to encourage them to smile as much as possible. Show old photos of yourself when you had braces to give them an idea of before/after results. Emphasize to them that the end results will be worth it.

Having braces is also a great opportunity to teach kids responsibility. Learning self-discipline over avoiding gum, popcorn and hard candy, as well as what can happen if you lose a retainer, can become easy since there are direct consequences to actions that kids can see and feel first-hand. Explaining these things to them often helps young children learn to better take care of their braces too!

Tips to Help Kids Clean Their Braces

Sometimes, the basics are the best place to start. Making sure your kids brush at least three times a day and ideally after every meal is a great way to help them care for their braces.

Save the flossing for night-time when both parent and child have the time to do it meticulously; this is also a great opportunity to help teach the kids some important lessons for oral hygiene. Nobody wants to be late for school!

For stubborn kids, you and your orthodontist can explain that lacklustre cleaning will simply lead to having the braces on for an even longer period of time. This is a great tip to help your kids start cleaning their braces regularly.

Maintenance Tips for Braces

Some children require rubber bands as part of their braces treatment. A handy tip is to make sure your kids always carry backup rubber bands with them in case the bands break or they need to be replaced in a jiffy.

If the bands are causing any pain for your child with braces—don’t worry, the pain will go away, especially since after more usage, the bands will gradually help to mitigate pain caused by hooks attached to brackets.

If the brackets or wires ever become loose or broken, make sure to see your orthodontist as soon as you can. In the meantime, if anything is protruding and rubbing up against your child’s gums, you can reduce the pain and irritation with wax or wet cotton.

Braces for Kids at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Clayburn Dental Office offers full orthodontic services in addition to our regular dental services to all of our family patients in Abbotsford.

Having an orthodontist on site means your dentist can easily recommend to you any potential orthodontic treatment while your child is being checked-up. We will always work with you to explain procedures, provide comprehensive and transparent quotes and develop custom plans for each one of your kids so you can feel as comfortable as possible in getting braces for your children.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn how we can help with our child’s dental health.

By : Clayburn Dental/December 08, 2016/Abbotsford Orthodontist/ CommentsRead More

Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed by the Dentist?

clayburn dental - wisdom teeth removalRemoving your wisdom teeth is a common procedure nowadays for many dental patients—it’s even seen as a rite of passage for young adults, since late teens to early 20’s is a typical time for getting your wisdom teeth taken out.

But many people dread the idea of having their wisdom teeth removed. A lot of patients at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford express concern about the impacts of wisdom-teeth procedures.

Tooth extraction isn’t exactly a walk in the park, and for some people, even if the painful elements of the procedure itself can be offset with dental sedation, side-effects of recovering from wisdom-teeth removal can last for up to a whole week.

Many other Abbotsford dental patients wonder if extracting their wisdom teeth is even necessary. Some people think that if their wisdom teeth aren’t bothering them or causing any pain, then it’s not worth the risk to remove them.

It is true that an estimated 60% of all wisdom-teeth extractions aren’t needed, strictly speaking. However, there are still a lot of good reasons to consider removing your wisdom teeth, many of which are preventative measures for good oral health later in life that aren’t even included in the above statistic about “necessary” wisdom-tooth removals.

Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford?

As mentioned, there are a number of reasons to consider removing your wisdom teeth. Here are the three main reasons to get your wisdom teeth removed:

1. Damage to other teeth

Wisdom teeth are the molars that grow in the very back of your mouth, but they don’t erupt (i.e., break through the gum line) until young adulthood. Because they appear later in life than all of your other teeth, they sometimes cause problems, such as damage to other teeth.

Your mouth is bigger as an adult than as a child, with other teeth already fully grown in. This means that there might not be room for your wisdom teeth to extract properly. Often they come in diagonally, pushing up against other teeth, causing pain and bite problems.

And when wisdom teeth are pushing up or growing against other teeth, this usually means they only partially emerge, resulting in passageways around your gums that could lead to infections.

2. Gum infections and gum disease

Often when wisdom teeth erupt, they can swell the surrounding tissue area in your gums. When this happens, you open yourself up to an increased risk of gum disease and a host of other infection problems. Even if you don’t feel pain right away or it’s hard to see any swelling, the aggravation to your gum line can still be conducive to bacteria building up slowly.

Swollen gums also create little pockets of space around your teeth for bacteria to form. It is more difficult to clean these areas than in other parts of your mouth, and this bacteria causes cavities and tooth decay in many circumstances.

3. Preventative oral hygiene

Lastly, one of the main reasons dentists recommend removing your wisdom teeth has to do with keeping your teeth and gums healthy for the future.

Even if your wisdom teeth don’t erupt at an awkward angle to damage other teeth nor cause any significant swelling to infect gums, they still create four more spots in your mouth between teeth and around your gum line for bacteria to develop, increasing risk for problems in later years.

And since it’s also more difficult to extract teeth as you age because tooth enamel hardens over time, it is best practice to save yourself any trouble and prevent the problem from occurring before it even happens.

Deciding to Extract Your Wisdom Teeth – Talk with Your Dentist

You should always consult with your dentist about making a major decision such as removing wisdom teeth. Here at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, we’ll provide personalized and professional feedback about what we think is best for your overall oral hygiene and whether wisdom-teeth extraction is right for you.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn about your options for wisdom-teeth removal at your Abbotsford dentist.

By : Clayburn Dental/November 22, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist/ CommentsRead More

Clayburn Dental Christmas Toy Drive



Clayburn Dental’s Christmas Toy Drive is on!

This year, we are thrilled to be partnering with the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (FVACFSS) to spread holiday joy through providing toys and gifts to families and children living on and off reserve in communities throughout the Fraser Valley.

Help support Clayburn Dental’s 2016 Toy Drive

From now until December 18th, drop off any new and unopened toys at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford. For every toy that you bring in, we will match your donation with an additional toy.

Join us in the spirit of Christmas and make the holidays a bit brighter for deserving families in our community!

Date: Until December 18th, 2016

Address: 400 – 3033 Immel St Abbotsford, BC V2S 6S2

Mon-Thu: 7am – 9pm
Fri: 7am – 5pm
Sat: 8am – 4:30pm
Sun: 9am – 5pm

About Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society

FVACFSS provides culturally appropriate and holistic services through prevention, community development and child safety programs to Aboriginal children, youth and their families throughout the Fraser Valley. FVACFSS operates with a central office located in Chilliwack and regional offices in Abbotsford, Agassiz, Langley and Mission.

This year, FVACFSS’ goal is to provide 100 families with a food hamper and gifts for their children/youth that will enrich their Christmas experience.

Thank you for supporting our program and your thoughtfulness in providing toys to a good cause. Happy holidays from Clayburn Dental!

Questions? Please call us at 604-426-0922.

By : Clayburn Dental/November 17, 2016/Community/ CommentsRead More

Does Sedation Dentistry Really Work to Help Relax at the Dentist?

Sedation for Dental Fear and Dental Anxiety

clayburn dental - sedation dentistryDo you have a fear of the dentist? Many people experience anxiety while sitting in the dentist’s chair or even face panic attacks at the thought of going to the dentist. In fact, about 5-10% of the adult population suffers from an extreme version of this kind of fear, known as dental phobia.

Others can tolerate regular dentist check-up visits, but for more special procedures that sometimes result in pain for most people, the idea of sitting in the dentist’s chair is daunting.

Dental sedation to help minimize or completely eliminate dental anxiety, dental fear or pain at the dentist is a common process for many patients. But different types of sedation exist for different circumstances, people and dentist procedures—and many people wonder if sedation is worth it and if it really works.

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford are highly trained and knowledgeable about dental sedation and applying different sedatives for our patients. Learn about the different types of sedation available to help you reduce pain and anxiety while visiting your Abbotsford dentist.

What is Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is the process of using various kinds of medications to either help you relax, feel little or no pain or to put you asleep while visiting the dentist. Sometimes known as “sleep dentistry”—this term is misleading since not all forms of sedation dentistry involve putting the patient into an unconscious state.

What are the Different Types of Dental Sedations?

Local Anesthesia

Often known as simply “freezing,” local anesthesia is the most common and basic form of sedation dentistry with little risk. It involves isolating the part of your mouth that requires a pain medication and applying the selected aesthetic medication to that area.

Most local anesthetics are topical for minor pain relief or can involve a needle for procedures that result in intermediate levels of pain. The pain medication applied by needles usually comes into effect in a matter of seconds, so the pain of the needle is very short-lived.

Inhaled Minimal Sedation or Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a gas that is mildly inhaled before and during certain dental procedures to bring a general sense of relaxation and to help reduce pain at the dentist. It is an ideal option for people who express anxiety and want to feel comfortable while sitting in the dentist’s chair. Nitrous oxide is also appropriate for children who are afraid of the dentist or who have trouble sitting still.

Inhaled-sedation dentistry, when done in small doses, often is also conducive for driving home after a trip to the dentist.

Oral Sedation

Some anxiety pills can be consumed orally, usually an hour before the dental procedure, to significantly reduce both pain and fear for a trip to the dentist. Most dentists use Triazolam (originally known as Halcion), a member of the same family of drugs as Diazepam (originally marketed as Valium).

Triazolam produces drowziness but does not fully put you to sleep, so it carries less risk than general anesthesia. It creates a deep sense of relaxation with amnesiac effect; therefore Abbotsford dentist patients who take oral sedation experience very little or no pain and anxiety.

IV Sedation (Intravenous Sedation)

IV dental sedation involves putting you into a semi-conscious state through an intravenous needle to help you feel relaxed.

Many Abbotsford dental patients seek this type of sedative relaxation at Clayburn Dental. It places you in a semi-sleep mode where you’re still slightly awake but not conscious enough to feel much pain while at the dentist. It is handy for longer and complex dental procedures so that you don’t feel any discomfort while at the dentist.

General Anesthesia (Unconscious Sedation)

For Abbotsford dental patients who require very lengthy and invasive dental procedures or who experience severe levels of dental phobia and dental anxiety, general anesthesia may be an appropriate option.

Sometimes referred to as “deep sedation” since it puts you fully to sleep, because of your unconscious state, you feel absolutely no pain—or anything at all—while sitting in the dentist’s chair.

Does Dental Sedation Work and is Sedation Right for Me?

Sedation dentistry is a proven way of reducing fear, anxiety and pain while visiting Clayburn Dental. Your Abbotsford sedation dentists at Clayburn are registered to administer and monitor sedatives with the College Dental Surgeons of B.C. Of course, there is always risk, but it is generally a very safe and often nonintrusive way to help you get on your way to a perfect smile.

Sedation dentistry is right for people with dental phobia or severe dental anxiety, have a low tolerance for pain, sensitive teeth, high gag reflexes and/or need to undergo a serious and potentially painful dental procedure.

Always talk to your Abbotsford dentist about whether or not sedation is right for you. Those who are obsess, or have severe sleeping problems or other medical conditions should consult their doctors. Always disclose your medical history to Clayburn Dental before while enquiring about dental sedation so we can make safe recommendations to you.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online and learn how we can help you feel relaxed while visiting the dentist.

By : Clayburn Dental/November 08, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist, Sedation Dentistry/ CommentsRead More

Clayburn Dental is Voted Abbotsford’s Favourite Dentist – Thank You!

Thank You Abbotsford!

For the fourth year in a row, Clayburn Dental has been voted by Abbotsford News readers as Abbotsford’s Favourite Dentist!

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(See the Abbotsford News 2016 A-List for more detail)

We are very honoured to once again be recognized as one of Abbotsford’s best businesses – especially as the dentist of choice in Abbotsford. There are a lot of outstanding dental clinics in Abbotsford, which makes this recognition even more appreciated by us.

To our patients, thank you so much for your ongoing support of our business. We look forward to continue serving you for years to come!

About the 2016 A-List

The Abbotsford News received nominations from their readers to determine this year’s listing of the best that Abbotsford’s has to offer, in over 130 categories. Congratulations to the other nominees, finalists and winners on all of their achievements this year!


The staff at Clayburn Dental

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