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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

Free Day of Dentistry at Clayburn Dental – September 23, 2016

Dentistry from the Heart 2016

Clayburn Dental’s 3rd annual Free Day of Dentistry is happening on Friday September 23rd! This is the day when we give back to the community that has been so wonderful to us.

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8AM – 5PM

Address: Suite 400- 3033 Immel Street, Abbotsford, BC V2S 6S2

Be sure to arrive early! The first 75 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis.

A choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning will be performed for those 18 years or older. Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and bring chairs, blankets, water and snacks as they may be waiting outside to be seen.

To share this event with your friends and family, please visit our Facebook event. We hope to see you there!

Check out a recap of last year’s event:

By : Stephen Wall/September 13, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/ CommentsRead More

Free Oral Cancer Screenings April 9 at Abbotsford Dentist



Abbotsford Dentist Clayburn Dental

is Happy to Offer Free Oral Cancer Screenings

April 9th 12pm to 4pm


There is no appointment necessary. Patients will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

In addition Clayburn Dental will donate $2 to the BC Cancer Foundation in support of Taste for Life – An Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer.  This is Clayburn Dental’s 3rd Annual Free Screening event. Last year they raised $2,000 in support of BC Cancer Foundation.

For more information please contact Stephen Wall at

By : Stephen Wall/March 18, 2015/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/ CommentsRead More

Calcium and Your Oral Health

The Benefits of Calcium for Your TeethThere’s a recurring news story about calcium supplements that a number of patients have found worrisome and confusing. It’s worth touching on and it reminded me that really, it’s an opportunity to talk to you about calcium’s importance to overall and oral health.

First the worrisome story. In August 2010 The British Medical Journal published a review of studies about women at risk for fractures and loss of bone density. Surprisingly, they discovered that women taking calcium supplements had a modest increased risk of heart attacks and no benefit from the supplements. Their recommendation seems reasonable: a reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management.

Yet if you are over 60, your physician may recommend a calcium intake of 1,000-1,200 mg per day. If you have any concerns about the relative benefits of starting or continuing with supplements, I encourage you to discuss them with your physician. Their value to you depends on your individual health status as well as your diet.

Any balanced diet isn’t complete without calcium, the main nutritional mineral needed for building strong teeth and bones, which contain 99% of the body’s supply. However, the remaining 1% circulates in the blood to aid heart function, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses, and muscle contraction.

If the level of calcium does not remain constant and adequate, your body can pull calcium from your bones which, over time, will lead to osteoporosis which can result in broken bones. Inadequate calcium intake has also been linked to health issues such as hypertension and toxemia in pregnancy, which is characterized by high blood pressure.

In general, experts believe that North Americans, particularly adults, do not consume enough calcium each day. But how much calcium do you need for a lifetime of healthy teeth and bones?

The most effective amount for adults is from 800-1,200 mg of calcium a day combined with a good exercise program. Remember vitamin D3 for helping your body absorb calcium.

Calcium is especially important for growing children. We recommend 500-700 mg a day of calcium for children depending on their age and significantly more for teenagers and expectant or nursing mothers.

Many things we eat and drink have calcium in them, with dairy products usually being your best source. Adults can get their recommended daily amount by drinking 3-4 glasses of milk or an equivalent measure of yogurt or cheese (1½ ounces of cheese equals an eight-ounce glass of milk). You can add milk to soups, sauces, and desserts. Coffee cream, artificial creamer, and whipped topping as well as cream cheese, sour cream, and whipping cream, contain little or no calcium, but you can replace sour cream or cream cheese with fat-free yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar.

If you can’t tolerate dairy, then fortified alternatives made from almonds, soy, or rice are an option, as well as fresh vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and collard greens, and canned seafood like sardines and salmon. Nuts like almonds are also high in calcium.

Regardless of your age, calcium provides many benefits for your oral and overall health. If you’re not sure you’re getting enough dietary calcium, please ask your physician or our dental team, to suggest ways to achieve the calcium intake that’s right for you.

By : Stephen Wall/November 07, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Community, General, Oral Health/ CommentsRead More

Mint – Not Just for Bad Breath!

Mints - Not Just for Bad Breath!You probably associate mint with toothpaste or breath freshener, but since time immemorial, its essential oil has been used as an herbal remedy and as a distinct flavoring for food. Today, both peppermint and spearmint continue to be very popular for cooking, and if you don’t grow your own, mint can easily be found at the local grocer. Try these 7 mint hints: steam vegetables with mint in the water, mix chopped mint with butter to use on boiled potatoes, freeze whole mint leaves in ice cubes for tea or lemonade, add mint to your home-made oil and vinegar salad dressing, use it to garnish desserts, vegetables, or roasts, and chew some fresh mint to cleanse your palate and your breath!

By : Stephen Wall/October 08, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, General/ CommentsRead More

Eating Nutritious Food is as Important as Not Eating Junk

Eating Nutritious FoodEating more nutritious food is probably just as important as staying away from sticky, sugary, cavity-causing foods. Carrots, just one example of foods that give your oral health a boost, can act like a toothbrush by scraping away some of the bacteria and plaque on teeth. High in beta-carotene, carrots may also lower your risk of oral cancer. (There is also evidence that beta-carotene may even help people who already have some forms of oral cancer.) In one study, just 30mg of beta-carotene a day (about 2½ carrots) produced improvement in up to 70% of cases of people with leukoplakia, the white lesions in the mouth that can mark the early stages of oral cancer.

By : Stephen Wall/September 05, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Abbotsford Orthodontist, General, Othodontics, Uncategorized/ CommentsRead More

May 2013 Abbotsford Dentist Newsletter

A look behind the scenes at the goings on of your Abbotsford Dentist Clayburn Dental. This month we take a look at trauma in children’s teeth, the benefits of crowns and bridges, plus a Wild Dental Trivial contest that could win you an iPod Shuffle!

Clayburn Dental, Abbotsford’s Dentist for over 25 years. Now Open Sundays. New Patients and Children Always Welcome.

By : Stephen Wall/May 16, 2013/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, General, Newsletter/ CommentsRead More

FREE Oral Cancer Screenings as Heard on Country 107.1

Clayburn Dental will be offering no charge oral cancer screenings April 28th from NOON to 3pm.

Clayburn Dental will be offering no charge oral cancer screenings April 28th from NOON to 3pm.

In honour of Oral Health Month Clayburn Dental is offering Complimentary Oral Cancer Screenings on Sunday April 28th, 2013 from NOON to 3pm.

Listen to the latest advertisement describing the FREE Oral Cancer Screenings at Clayburn Dental.  As heard on Abbotsford, BC radio station Country 107.1

A 3 minute screening could save your life. This year in the US 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer. That’s one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening using the Velscope Oral Cancer Screening System.

Please take a moment to join us April 28th between NOON and 3pm.

By : Stephen Wall/April 19, 2013/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Community/ CommentsRead More

FREE Oral Cancer Screenings Sunday April 28th

Clayburn Dental is offering FREE Oral Cancer Screenings on Sunday April 28th from 12pm to 3pm

Early Detection Saves Lives   

In honour of Oral Cancer Awareness Month,  Clayburn Dental will be offering free oral cancer screenings on Sunday April 28th from NOON to 3pm at Suite 400-3033 Immel St  Abbotsford, BC  V2S 6S2. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.

Who should get screened?

Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects are from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups.

What are the risk factors?

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.

Early Indicators:

Red and/or white discolourations of the soft tissues of the mouth. 

Any sore which does not heal within 14 days. 

Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time. 

Advanced Indicators:

A sensation that something is stuck in you throat. 

Numbness in the oral region. 

Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue. 

Difficulty in swallowing. 

Ear pain which occurs on one side only. 

A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.

A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck.  

An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this free offer and get screened today.  Call 604-852-8487 or go to for details about this complimentary screening.

For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at

By : Stephen Wall/April 18, 2013/Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, General/ CommentsRead More
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