Sedation Dentistry | Orca Family Dental Centre

Sedation Dentistry

We provide a variety of sedation dentistry options for patients who experience anxiety when they visit the dentist. Sedation reduces anxiety by keeping you calm and reducing your response to pain and discomfort. The level of sedation is tailored to your individual needs.

Mild Sedation – Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a common dental sedative. Nitrous gives a mild level of sedation that rapidly wears off when your appointment is over.

Moderate Sedation – Oral Sedatives

For a higher degree of anxiety control, we can prescribe an oral sedative or anti-anxiety medication. You take the sedative just prior to your visit with us so the medication has time to take effect. Oral sedatives provide a moderate level of sedation and may leave you drowsy when they wear off.

Moderate Sedation - IV Sedation

IV Sedation - also known as Moderate Conscious Sedation can be used by Oral Surgeons and dentists with specialized training and special certification. With this type of sedation, medications are administered through an IV. The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that the patient can be made more comfortable as required. When the medications are used in an IV Sedation they are more effective than when taken orally.


Please note that all sedatives will leave you legally impaired and unable to drive. You will need to arrange transportation home from our office and you should have someone to take care of you for 24 hours following your appointment.

To find the level of sedation that works for you, or to arrange a sleep dentistry appointment, contact our office.