Frequently Asked Questions
A healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body. Poor oral health can affect your quality of life by affecting your physical, mental and social well-being.
The Canadian Dental Association notes that research shows a correlation between oral disease and other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness in older adults and pre-term and low birth-weight babies. Here are five solid steps to good oral health:
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Keep your mouth clean (brush & floss).
- Eliminate or restrict sugar in your diet.
- Check your mouth regularly for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers.
- Avoid all tobacco products.
Finding a Dentist
Choosing a dentist is a personal decision. You want a dentist you can talk to and learn from. Find a dentist as soon as you move to a new area. Here’s how:
- Ask friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbours for their recommendations.
- Ask your dentist to suggest someone in your new area.
- Contact your provincial or territorial regulatory authority or dental association. Many association websites have a dentist locator or dentist directory.
You might have a dental plan through your employer, union or provincial government. Here are some
questions you should ask about your dental plan:
- What is covered each year?
- Is there a deductible or a dollar limit on your coverage?
- How frequently your dental insurance plan will cover certain routine services such as cleanings, exams and XRays. and more complex procedure such as bridges, crowns, dentures and oral surgery?
Co-payment, or co-insurance, is the portion of the bill for which you are responsible. How much you must
pay depends on your dental plan and the dental work done. For simple procedures (X-rays, cleanings, fillings and root canals), an 80/20 co-payment is common, in which you pay 20 per cent and your insurer pays 80 per cent. For more complex procedures, you might pay 50 per cent. Check your specific plan.
Oral sedation dentistry allows appropriately trained dentists to create a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients who have avoided the dentist out of fear or who might have time restrictions.
A dentist who has been trained to implement sedation can effectively helping a patient become as comfortable and relaxed as possible using well established and proven protocols with a variety of sedation medications administered orally and sublingually (under the tongue). These protocols can be customized for the patient’s individual emotional and physical needs.
Sometimes referred to as ‘relaxation’, ‘sleep’ or ‘anxiety free’ dentistry, this comfortable care is now offered by thousands of trained dentists all over the US and Canada.
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a mild sedative administered through a nose hood
throughout your procedure; nitrous oxide elevates your mood, relieves anxiety
and reduces pain; side effects are minimal.
- Oral conscious sedation, taken before your appointment, dulls your senses,
leaving you with little or no memory of the procedure. Several pharmaceuticals
are available for this type of sedation, most from the benzodiazepine family; they
include Valium, Halcion, Ativan and Versed; your dentist will select the most
appropriate for your procedure.
We can also refer to accredited General Anesthetic suites in Calgary and area. Please
inquire about these services.
If you have any questions or concerns about sedation, please ask your dentist or to book
an appointment, please call us at 403-652-2182.
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104 - 1st Street SW High River, AB T1V 1M6