January 21, 2020
Okanagan Dentistry is now offering Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas”. Nitrous Oxide is a form of sedation that can help make you more relaxed and comfortable during certain procedures. It also helps keep young children calm during dental visits, so they can receive the treatment they need. Nitrous Oxide is extremely safe, effective, and easily administered. It is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose, and the intensity of the effect can be easily controlled until the desired amount of sedation is achieved.
The benefits of Nitrous Oxide sedation during your or your child’s appointment include:
• Reduction or elimination of dental anxiety and stress
• Promotes a positive dental experience
• Enhanced patient cooperation
• Easy and painless route of administration
• Rapid onset
• Rapid recovery
In contrast to oral sedatives, the effects of Nitrous Oxide resolve almost immediately as soon as the gas is no longer inhaled. This means that patients who are busy professionals but suffer from dental anxiety still have an option for sedation that will not affect them for the remainder of the day. It is also very safe for children who may be fearful of unknown dental procedures.
We encourage you to talk with us about whether Nitrous Oxide is right for you, or your child!
We are very excited to have Dr. Natashia Bose-Roberts back from maternity leave. She is now at the office on Thursdays and Fridays. Thank you to all her patients who were so patient and understanding while she was on maternity leave. Also, a big thank you to Dr. Jessica Reimer who took such good care of her patients while she was away.
Vaping has an undeniable negative impact on oral health. The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) strongly advises against the use of tobacco and cannabis products through both smoking and vaping. Although vaping has been considered safer than smoking, there are still significant risks involved, which can sometimes result in severe respiratory disease or even death. Vaping also increases your risk of decay and gum disease. Current evidence shows that vaping may increase the risk of heart damage and stroke similar to cigarette smoking. Furthermore, it can act as a gateway to smoking for preteens and may cause dependence. The more we learn about e-cigarettes, the more dangerous they look!
If you choose to vape:
Overall, vaping is not a safe alternative to smoking. Emphasis must be placed on the healthiest option, which is to live completely tobacco and nicotine free. With a new year and new decade upon us, there is no better time to choose to improve your oral health.
We are pleased to welcome Parveen, Asia, and Jessica to our team! Parveen has joined our dental hygiene team and in her short time at our office is already receiving rave reviews from her patients. Asia has joined our dental assistant team and loves yoga, hiking, skiing, camping, and reading. Fun fact: Asia is also a certified yoga instructor! Jessica has joined our reception team and brightens everyone's day with her infectious smile.
Please say hello to them next time you are in the office!