Sedation Dentistry

W ouldn’t you rather relax, drift off to sleep and wake up with the smile of your dreams?

W ouldn’t you rather relax, drift off to sleep, and wake up with the smile of your dreams?

Wouldn’t you rather relax,
drift off to sleep,
and wake with the smile of your dreams?

Sedation provides Comfort AND Convenience.

Enjoy the convenience of having all of your dentistry done in one appointment. You will be surprised at how easy it is to have it all done at one time! It’s not as overwhelming as you think.

  • We have performed sedation dentistry on over 10,000 dental procedures—every day for over 20 years.
  • Our facility was specially designed for this type of treatment, and is recognized as an authorized sedation facility by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC—so you don’t have to go somewhere special to have your procedure performed.
T he IV sedation is a game changer. I want my patients to be happy before, during and after the experience.

Dr. Hansford, Dr. Zlatnik and Dr. Biggins are recognized by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC as a provider for Moderate Conscious Sedation by IV and Oral administration.

“If you want sedation, then you need sedation. I’ve provided sedation to more than 9,000 cases and my patients thank me for it. It is such a pleasure to help people with getting their dentistry done well without experiencing the procedure.”


– Dr. Hansford

The smile of your dreams is easier to achieve than you may think.

Committed to Your Comfort –
Sedation Dentistry

  • The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia recognizes our doctors as certified providers of IV Sedation. Additionally Smile Dentistry has been approved as a certified sedation facility.
  • Since 2002, more than 60% of our clinical time has been dedicated to patients that choose sedation. Our doctors have completed over 9,000 cases.
  • Our doctors maintain their certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and the experienced dental assistants have DAANCE and CDAAC credentials.
  • Your comfort is our priority. Sedation Dentistry is an excellent option. It is safe, inexpensive, convenient and will provide you with the best dental experience.

FAQ about sedation dentistry:

Am I a candidate for sedation?

If you are a generally healthy youth or adult, you are a likely candidate for sedation. If sedation is of interest to you, let us know.

Is it safe?

Yes. There is no cocktail mix of drugs and neither deep sedation nor general anaesthesia is achieved.  You continually breath on your own and no intubation is required.  We also monitor your vital signs throughout and ensure that you are comfortable.  Our team is specially trained and certified in sedation dentistry procedures.  Dr. Hansford maintains Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and the Dental Assistants have taken Dental Anesthesia Assistant Certification Examination and the Canadian Dental Anaesthesia Assistant Course.

Is sedation only for ‘the big stuff’?

No. People often choose sedation to get all their dentistry done in one appointment with comfort, or they simply prefer not to be fully aware of the dental procedures they are receiving. If you have any of the following, you are a candidate for sedation: fear or anxiety about dental treatment, history of dental trauma, difficulty getting numb, sensitive gag reflex, limited time to get your dentistry completed, embarrassment about your teeth, have not been to a dentist in many years or even decades, or simply prefer to sleep through your appointment.

Can I get sedation for my regular appointments?

Many people come to Dr. Hansford specifically because we offer sedation and they wouldn’t get any dentistry done without it. All the procedures we offer including general dentistry, dental hygiene, wisdom tooth extractions, cosmetic and implant dentistry are available with sedation.

What special arrangements do I need to make to be sedated?

Before your appointment you will need to follow specific instructions for eating and drinking and have a designated driver drop you off. During the appointment you should wear loose, comfortable clothing with short sleeves and we will take care of you and treat you well. After the appointment your designated driver will accompany you home, where you should plan to relax for the remainder of the day. You can eat and drink what is comfortable for you after the appointment.

What types of sedation do you offer?

We offer IV sedation, oral sedation, laughing gas and sedation for children

What is laughing gas?

Laughing gas (with or without oral sedation) is a safe, short acting, mild sedation that makes simple dental procedures more comfortable for both children and adults. 

If you have any other questions that we can answer about sedation during your dental care, call us at 250.374.2615

I had all four wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Hansford as well as cavities filled under sedation. It was nice having everything done at the same time without having to go under general anesthetic. I would recommend Dr. Hansford to anyone having any procedure done under sedation.

– Krystal C.

I used to be terrified of going to the dentist but Dr. Hansford and the team created an amazing feeling of trust. I’ve since had 3 sedation appointments. I literally slept through with no discomfort, even the days following were pain-free. I now have no anxiety going to Dr. Hansford and my smile has never looked or felt better. Ever!

– Cathy H.

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