Help For Nervous Patients

Sedation Dentistry in KelownaConsider the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at the dentist’s office when a bright overhead light turns on, and you see latex-gloved hands moving toward your open mouth. Your heart begins to race and your palms are sweaty. If so, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Sedation dentistry benefits nervous dental patients every day. Moderate sedation aids in all types of dental care such as root canals, dental implants, and wisdom teeth removal.

If you are planning to undergo extensive restorative or cosmetic dental work, sedation may permit the dentist to perform multiple procedures in a single visit while you remain calm.

At Choose Your Smile, we offer two options: oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative, and IV sedation, administered intravenously. Both are effective; you’ll need a ride home afterward.

If you’re coping with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, sedation dentistry allows you to get the work you need to maintain your dental health. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Quirky Dental Facts From The Kelowna Dentist

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we lighten up from time to time, and share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • A five thousand year old Sumerian text attributes tooth decay to “tooth worms.”
  • Before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. So did blacksmiths! How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling!
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools. (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey. There is no evidence that it worked.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find first rate dental care and a caring team of dental professionals. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and sedation dentistry.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


Wisdom Teeth Trouble? Removal in Kelowna

Wisdom teeth are the last of the molars (grinding teeth) to erupt from the gum. They usually appear in the late teens and early twenties. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, wisdom teeth removal is common.

Wisdom teeth, unfortunately, become a problem for most of us. Not removing them can lead to painful complications, such as a poor bite and, in more extreme cases, tumors and infections. If your wisdom teeth are troubling you, it’s best to remove them.

Common Issues
Wisdom teeth might grow in at an inward or outward angle, or be positioned too horizontally. They often become impacted, which means they have grown into the gums or jawbone. Any of these complications can be painful, and result in the need for an extraction.

Any kind of extraction can be a scary idea, but understanding the how and why of what’s going on usually goes a long way toward alleviating stress. Once you have had your wisdom teeth extracted, there is usually a recovery time. The length of the recovery depends on the severity of the problem. We provide each of our patients with instructions on how best to recover.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we provide wisdom teeth extractions. For difficult cases, or for patients with dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to get you through it. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


What You See And What You Don’t: Orthodontics in Kelowna

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If you’ve had restorations, orthodontic work, or a complete smile redesign, you want people to notice the results. In this post, those of us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna describe three important smile makeover procedures that may not be apparent when you smile.

Invisible Braces
Modern orthodontics offers more than just traditional braces. While metal braces are the best option for some patients, clear braces provide a more convenient system. They are removable, so you can take them out when eating and sleeping. They’re also nearly impossible to see when being worn.

White Fillings

If you have metal fillings, you might be interested in replacing them with composite fillings that match your surrounding teeth. You can’t undo the decay, but you can make the metal disappear.

Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the jaw bone to replace a missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post. Titanium is super strong and well tolerated by the jaw. When the final crown is placed, your new tooth is indistinguishable from the others.

Choose Your Smile has been providing dental care since 2004. In addition to the orthodontic and cosmetic services previously mentioned, ask us about teeth whitening and sedation dentistry. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


Sedation Dentistry

Relax with Sedation Dentistry

All you need to do is drift off to sleep and you will wake up with the smile you have always wished for. Dr. Malfair and the team at Choose Your Smile Dental Clinic in Kelowna are specially trained and certified to provide IV Sedation. Ask for sedation and get all of your dentistry done in one visit. Sedation Dentistry is especially great for long appointments. Your jaw is able to relax which creates less muscle tension and ultimately less soreness in the jaw joints.

Also sedation is great for people with bad gag reflexes. While you are sedated, there are no gag reflexes. Another benefit of sedation is that it is an option for people who can never be frozen very well. Have a pain and anxiety free procedure. Above all sedation is an extremely safe way to get dental work done. (75% of dental emergencies are anxiety related and, in regular dental care, patients are unmonitored.) – Dr Stanley Malamed.


What are the Advantages of Sedation Dentistry?

Take the stress out of getting dental procedures done, utilize Sedation Dentistry. Sedatives can be used to help relieve your anxiety during your visits to your local dentist. There is no reason to put off the health of your mouth because of a dental phobia.

A couple benefits of not being awake for the duration of the procedure that is you will have no pain as well as no memory of the visit. Also as you relax, you are able to cooperate with the dentist more easily, reducing the length of the procedure. With the dentist being able to do their work easier and faster, the number of required visits to fix you oral problem will be decreased. It must also be mentioned that if you have a really long procedure, being sedated will be a great advantage. Also, if you have a strong gag reflex you will benefit from sedation. Finally, if the sounds and smells of dentistry have you nervous, being sedated will bring you no memory of these stimulus.

15% of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. This dental phobia prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care, which can affect the health, functionality and look of their mouth and smile. You can have an anxiety-free experience at Choose Your Smile Dental Clinic.

Take advantage of this technology and get in to see the team at Choose Your Smile Dental Clinic to get the healthy and stunning smile that you deserve. All cost involved with sedation dentistry will be discussed with you prior to any procedures. To look at your options and to book an appointment, please contact us.