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Taking the Anxiety Out of Dental Visits

Not everyone loves going to the dentist. We get it. Maybe you had a bad experience in the past or you haven’t been to a dental office in a while and you’re worried you’ll have a long list of problems. Well, you don’t need to put off going to the dentist anymore. If anxiety is keeping you from getting the care you need, sedation could be an option.

At Nest, we offer safe sedation dentistry in Vancouver for children, teenagers and adults. Dr. Sonia Sahi will chat with you about your health history and needs and help you make the decision that works best for you. Whether you just want to relax a little bit or you’d rather not remember the procedure, we have solutions.

Sedation Dentistry

Why unwind with sedation dentistry at Nest?

We have:

  • Training in all types of dental sedation, including oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide and IV sedation
  • Experience in sedation dentistry for kids, teenagers and adults
  • A focus on safety with monitoring equipment, enclosed suites, air filtration systems and the highest level of sterilization
  • Staff certified in CPR and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • A modern, relaxing office
  • A knowledgeable, caring dentist and team
  • Transparent pricing, flexible financing and most insurances accepted

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry


Dental sedation is effective for relieving mild, moderate or severe anxiety, whether it’s due to a fear of the dentist in general or anxiety about a specific dental procedure.


Improves Safety
and Efficiency

For patients with issues like a gag reflex or a health condition that makes it hard to sit still, sedation can allow the dentist to more safely perform procedures and complete them in fewer visits.


Makes You

Our sedation dentist can help you feel completely relaxed and at ease. Whether it’s for a complex procedure or a dental cleaning, sedation will allow you to get the care you need to improve your oral health.


What types of dental sedation do you offer?

At Nest, we offer a variety of different types of dental sedation in Vancouver. Once Dr. Sonia Sahi has a chance to evaluate your health history and needs, she’ll be able to help you choose the best type for your situation. Options include:

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral dental sedation involves taking a medication by mouth before an appointment. Depending on the procedure, your medical history and the length of your appointment, Dr. Sahi will discuss what type of sedative will be the most appropriate. Oral sedation can offer moderate sedation and is meant to help you feel relaxed and comfortable. While patients do occasionally fall asleep, you’ll be conscious throughout your visit, aware of what’s going on and able to respond to commands.

We’ll give you detailed instructions to follow before and after your procedure. In most cases, you’ll take the medication about 30 minutes to an hour before your scheduled appointment. You will need an adult to accompany you to the visit and drive you home.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” has been safely used for dental sedation for over a century. With nitrous oxide sedation, you’ll feel euphoric and relaxed, but you’ll be conscious and able to respond to the dentist or hygienist. The mild sedative also helps dull pain and discomfort and reduces gagging in patients with an extreme gag reflex.

The laughing gas is delivered through a mask. You’ll breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen and the effects will kick in within minutes. When your treatment is over, you’ll breathe in pure oxygen to flush out any lingering nitrous oxide. There are few, if any, side effects and no recovery time, because the effects of laughing gas disappear when we turn it off.

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) dental sedation may be ideal for more severe dental anxiety or complex, lengthy procedures. We administer anti-anxiety medication and anesthesia through an IV. Within seconds, you’ll feel completely relaxed and comfortable. We use monitoring equipment to monitor you continuously throughout your treatment for maximum safety.

While you will be conscious, many patients feel drowsy or fall asleep and you probably won’t remember all of the details of your procedure. It’s important to follow all of our pre- and post-sedation instructions. You’ll also need to have someone accompany you to the appointment, take you home and stay with you while the sedation wears off.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes! Sedation dentistry is safe for children, teenagers and adults. Our Vancouver dentist, Dr. Sonia Sahi, evaluates your health history, medications and needs to determine if you’re a candidate for sedation. At Nest, we exceed all safety standards and use modern technology and tools, including monitoring equipment to continuously monitor your vital signs. Our staff is certified in CPR and we have team members who are also certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

Dental sedation might be recommended for:
  • Patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety
  • Infants and young children who need extensive dental work
  • Those having surgical procedures, such as wisdom tooth removal or dental implants
  • Patients with special health care needs or conditions that make undergoing dental procedures difficult
  • Individuals who can’t sit still to safely get the care they need
  • Patients with a severe gag reflex, sensitive oral nerves or resistance to local anesthetic who would otherwise be uncomfortable

Are there instructions I’ll need to follow if I’m being sedated?

We always give our Vancouver sedation dentistry patients detailed pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Some of the guidelines include:
  • If you’re being sedated, you’ll need to bring a responsible adult with you to your appointment, so that they can help you get home safely.
  • If you opt for oral conscious or nitrous oxide sedation, you can have a light meal before your procedure.
  • If you’ll be receiving IV sedation, don’t eat or drink anything aside from small sips of water for six hours before your appointment.
  • Take all of your prescribed medication with a few sips of water unless we tell you otherwise.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes to your appointment, especially if you’ll be getting IV sedation.
  • Plan to spend the remainder of your day resting after IV sedation. Don’t drive or do anything too strenuous.
A Modern Take on Oral Health

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