The Magathan Dental Centre is an Accredited Dental Surgical Facility. This means we are accredited by the Alberta Dental Association and College and the Ministry of Health. With a fully equipped recovery room and full time registered nurses with current Advanced Cardiac Life Support training (ACLS) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support), we provide patients with a comforting environment.
We are committed to making our patients as physically and emotionally comfortable as possible, while we provide restorative, preventative and cosmetic dental services.
Choice of Sedation
Dr. Magathan has two post-doctoral years of training from the University of Toronto Dental Anesthesia program. With a choice of sedative measures to choose from many people find, for the first time, they are actually comfortable visiting the dentist.
Oral anti-anxiety drugs (sleeping pills) and nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is perhaps the most commonly used type of Conscious sedation. These drug typically helps the patient feel more relaxed and at ease, although it does not help with pain management. For this reason, nitrous oxide is generally used in combination with local anesthetics.
Conscious IV and Deep Sedation
In some cases, something more intensive than anti-anxiety drugs is required. Conscious sedation allows the patient to reach a deeper state of relaxation, although they will remain conscious and responsive. Deep sedation is often used in young children who have extreme difficulty holding still during their dental visit. In this procedure, the patients will experience reduced consciousness.
Quick & Efficient Dental Work
The use of sedation and anaesthetic drugs by a trained professional like Dr. Magathan is a safe and effective way to control both pain and anxiety. This allows Dr. Magathan to perform extensive dental work quickly and efficiently. For some patients, especially those undergoing longer procedures like root canals, local anaesthesia is not always completely effective. Dr. Magathan provides relaxation oriented pain control targeted to specific procedures. We also recognize that particularly anxious patients may require varying degrees of sedation.
Anxiety-Free Dental Care & Trauma Relief
The sound of a dentist’s drill sends chills down every spine. Each patient experiences a different level of anxiety associated with dental work. Some have a very strong gag reflex, others suffer anxiety from a particularly painful experience in the dental chair. Some people may have had an experience in the past that is remembered when visiting the dentist, and some have other stress-related concerns. But if the anxiety and tension of a trip to the dentist prevent you from taking care of your teeth, it will help you to know that you have options.
Advances in dental technology can now eliminate the discomfort we associate with filling, drilling and even tooth cleaning. The use of sedation in a dental office by a trained professional is a safe and effective way to control anxiety and manage pain. All dentists use some form of local anesthesia to help control pain for their patients. That’s the needle you expect when you are having dental work. However, for some patients and some procedures, local anesthesia is not a completely effective way to relieve pain and discomfort.
The Magathan Dental Centre is dedicated to helping patients conquer their fears. In addition to the relief found in our relaxing atmosphere, patient entertainment options (TV/DVD), and the attention of our professional and sympathetic team, our patients benefit from pain control procedures administered by Dr. Magathan. Patients receive a consultation with Dr. Magathan and her team, to decide together how to make treatment as pleasant as possible. Targeted pain control and sedation options are thoroughly discussed for longer procedures such as root canals, crowns or veneers that require a level of relaxation that sometimes cannot be achieved using local freezing alone.
Whether you or your children suffer from extreme dental phobia or only shudder slightly at the sight of a dentist’s chair, our goal is to make your visit as comfortable as possible so you can enjoy good dental health.
Kids & Sedation
A single negative experience at the dentist can stay with us for life. Getting children off to a good start can make all the difference to good dental health by creating positive attitudes about taking care of their teeth.
Sedation is ideal for children 4 years and older who require extensive dental care or who are difficult to manage in the dental chair. Sedation in the dental office provided by a trained professional is a safe and effective means of controlling children’s anxiety, managing pain and introducing them to a lifetime of pleasant visits to the dentist.
Multiple Procedures Completed In A Single Visit
Busy people are often concerned about the time required for multiple visits. Dr. Magathans’ anaesthesia techniques allow comprehensive dental work to be performed in complete comfort with fewer appointments.
You no longer have to avoid dental work due time constraints. With the appropriate sedation, work that would normally require several appointments can easily be completed in a single visit.
Preparation before and after sedation.
- Consult with Dr. Magathan
- One week prior to appointment, review medical history and physical
- Plan for a escort to drive to and from appointment (18 or older) , should remain with patient for the day
- No food or drink after midnight the day before your appointment
- Wear short sleeves and bring any medications that you have been taking to the appointment