Sedation Dentistry Calgary

Dr. Bruce Hartley is an experienced sedation dentist in Calgary SW who works with patients of all ages. His top priority is creating a relaxing environment and sedation options that will help you feel calm during your procedure.

Does the thought of having dental work done fill you with dread? A positive experience in the dentist's chair is one of the easiest ways to get over dental anxiety. That is exactly what we strive to provide at Woodcreek Dental Care.

Why Use Sedation?

When people suffer from anxiety about pain, needles, or any kind of dental work, it makes going to the dentist a challenge. Sometimes patients have phobias that cause the kind of panic and terror that cannot be overcome by willpower alone.

We provide the option of sedation dentistry at our SW Calgary dental clinic because it is risky to delay having dental work done for any reason. Our goal is to deliver the care you need in a relaxed, non-threatening environment.

How Sedation Dentistry Works

We offer different types of sedation dentistry and different levels of sedation. We always work with you to determine your specific needs.

Oral Sedation
For some of our Calgary patients, a prescription for a mild oral sedative taken before the procedure is enough to help them deal with mild anxiety. Together with a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, you will remain relaxed, comfortable, and in control of your movements.

Moderate Sedation
For certain procedures, we offer the possibility of nitrous oxide in addition to using a local anesthetic. This breathable gas is mixed with oxygen and is inhaled through a mask that covers the nose. Nitrous oxide helps you relax and feel calm while dental work is taking place.

IV Sedation

For patients who are dealing with severe worry or phobias, IV sedation may be appropriate. It allows you to sleep through the procedure—and your anxiety.

When you put off essential dental care, it could mean a more invasive and expensive procedure later on. Do you have important dental procedures that need immediate treatment? Come talk to Dr. Hartley at Woodcreek Dental Care about options for sedation dentistry.

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Sedation Dentistry Testimonials

Once again I was treated with gentleness and kindness. My dental work was done under sedation. Other than the obvious results afterward, I'm not even sure I was there.

If you are looking for a dentist but are afraid, I strongly recommend Woodcreek Dental. They do a great job with sedation.

Jodi H

As a patient with an overwhelming phobia for all things dental, I am thrilled to have found such an understanding and supportive group of professionals at Woodcreek. Their IV sedation has enabled me to begin much-needed treatment, and I’m actually looking forward to having more work done! Thank you so much!!

Linda S

I went with the IV sedation and was extremely happy with the work that was provided; I am writing this the day after my procedure – which was extensive. I have no pain and I can tell that great care was taken even though I was completely sedated during the procedure.

Two Thumbs Up!!

Rene F

The fear of dental work has been with me for over 20 years and the state of my teeth shows it. But after finding Woodcreek Dental, my fears are over. I received 2 root canals yesterday, and here I sit today, no memory of the procedure and no pain. The staff is genuinely professional and, most important, very understanding. I look forward to future treatment from Woodcreek Dental, a statement I thought I would never say. Thanks to everyone, and look forward to seeing you again.

Stephen M
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