Calgary Sedation Dentistry Helps Alleviate Dental Anxiety

Calgary Sedation Dentistry Helps Alleviate Dental AnxietyEven though I’m at my dental office every day and I love coming to work, I am aware that plenty of people would rather avoid spending time at the dentist. That’s why we work hard at West Market Dental to make your visits as calm and comfortable as possible. We do this by providing soothing surroundings, televisions for distraction and top-notch hygienists and assistants who are dedicated to your care.

But regardless of the effort we put in to easing your worries about visiting the dentist, some people can still experience high levels of anxiety when having to get their teeth checked or worked on. This may not have anything to do with a negative previous experience at the dentist at all. Some people find the sights and smells of a dentist’s office to be intimidating, some find having to keep their mouth open extremely difficult. Some experience panic when there are tools in their mouth, and others suffer from an overactive gag reflex. Still others may have back or neck issues that make sitting in a dentist’s chair unbearable.

Whatever the reason, we don’t want you to avoid the dentist because of something that we can help with. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to manage dental anxiety, and can be used for procedures ranging from a cleaning to dental surgery.

Don’t allow a fear of the dentist to prevent you from getting the treatment you need. Talk to us about where your concerns are coming from and we can discuss the best approach for you. West Market Dental provides sedation dentistry services in Calgary’s southwest.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help our clients relax during their dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is not sleep dentistry. You will never be unconscious or unresponsive during your treatment. We only use sedation techniques that allow you to be aware and awake, but that will also leave you feeling relaxed and comfortable. Sounds and smells are dulled, which assists with easing anxiety, and certain types of sedation dentistry also minimize pain.

Additional benefits to sedation dentistry include speed of treatment, as we are able to perform procedures with no distractions. This also means we can carry out longer procedures more easily. Sedation dentistry is also a good option for those with back and neck issues that prevent them from sitting comfortably for long periods of time.

Sedation dentistry is not recommended for those who are pregnant, who have severe respiratory problems or asthma, or who have obstructive sleep apnea.

Different Types of Sedation Dentistry

The two types of sedation offered at West Market Dental are oral conscious sedation and inhalation sedation. Be aware that dentists in the province of Alberta are not permitted to administer general anesthesia (deep sedation) to perform dental surgery.

Inhalation Conscious Sedation: Inhalation conscious sedation has been used for many years by dentists. It involves the use of nitrous oxide and oxygen (better known as “laughing gas”), and works best for those with mild to moderate anxiety. It is also the ideal method of sedation for children. It works fast, is very flexible, and provides us with absolute control over your level of sedation. Recovery is quick, there are very few side effects and patients are able to return to their daily activities right away.

We will use a local anesthetic for proper pain control as well.

Some disadvantages to inhalation conscious sedation are that it is not recommended for those with respiratory problems (asthma and emphysema), and claustrophobic patients may find the apparatus to be confining. The apparatus can also make it difficult to perform longer procedures on upper front teeth.

Oral Conscious Sedation: Oral conscious sedation involves the use of a group of pharmaceuticals known as benzodiazepines. This type of sedation works well for most people with higher levels of anxiety. You will be given a small, easy-to-swallow pill, and be able to feel the effects within ten minutes. Patients under oral conscious sedation are easy to monitor throughout the procedure, and patients generally remember little to nothing about their appointment. This type is sedation is also at a lower cost for patients.

Some drawbacks to oral conscious sedation are that the level of sedation is not easily manipulated once the drug has been administered, and there is no analgesic or pain relief effect. We will, of course, provide freezing to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. Also note that you will not be able to drive yourself to your appointment. You will need to have someone take you to and from our office if you are undergoing oral conscious sedation.

West Market Dental are Calgary Family Dentists Serving the Southwest of Calgary

At West Market Dental, we are proud to serve residents of Calgary’s southwest communities. Check out our client testimonials from those we have served and earned their trust. We have convenient office hours and are open and transparent about our fee system. We will work closely with you and your insurance company to get the most out of your coverage. Contact us today!

Do You Grind Your Teeth? Your Calgary Family Dentist Can Help

Do You Grind Your Teeth? Your Calgary Family Dentist Can HelpBruxism is the medical term for the condition more commonly known as teeth grinding. It is not a habit, it happens completely unconsciously. Awake bruxism happens during the day, and sleep bruxism happens at night. Awake bruxism may occur because of by anxiety, stress or deep concentration. Sleep bruxism is actually considered a sleep disorder, and can be caused by disturbances in sleep patterns or an ailment such as sleep apnea. People of certain personality types, taking some sorts of medications (such as antidepressants) or that have a family history of bruxism can be more susceptible.

Bruxism presents in varying degrees. Milder forms may have few negative effects and therefor not require intervention. The more aggressive forms can result in serious jaw pain, jaw disorders and headaches. Bruxism can also severely damage teeth.

Our dedicated Calgary dentists at West Market Dental know that bruxism isn’t anyone’s fault, and will do everything we can to help you maintain the integrity of your teeth. We are trained to notice the signs of grinding early, which can help prevent long-term problems. As Calgary family dentists, we want to protect your smile for many years to come.

Signs of Bruxism

For those who do not visit their dentist often, or who sleep alone, the signs of teeth grinding may go unnoticed. If you are waking up with pain in your jaw or ear area, a headache, or seem more tired than usual, contact West Market Dental for a consultation.

Additional signs of grinding include:

  • Overly sensitive teeth
  • Clicking in your jaw (or a disorder of your temporomandibular joint)
  • Damage to cheeks from chewing
  • Worn or buckling tooth enamel
  • Flat or evenly worn teeth
  • Cracks or chips

Teeth Grinding Repairs

Worn and flattened teeth can be repaired to a natural-looking state by using cosmetic dentistry options such as:

  • Enamel reshaping: This procedure can help with the buckling that happened to teeth due to the extreme pressure applied by grinding. Enamel reshaping can help restore the appearance of your teeth quickly and easily.
  • Dental bonding: Dental bonding involves meticulously placing a colour-matched composite on to your tooth, which is then shaped to disguise buckled and shortened teeth. It’s a very good option for those who struggle with bruxism.
  • Porcelain veneers: For teeth that have been extensively worn down by grinding, porcelain veneers are an option. A thin piece of porcelain custom-shaped to match your original tooth is applied to the front of the tooth (or teeth) to recreate your natural smile.

Stop the Effects of Bruxism With a Custom Dental Splint or Mount Guard

We really want to help anyone with bruxism. It is a shame to see healthy, perfect teeth being injured due to a condition that is completely out of the control of the person who has it.

The most severe cases of bruxism can result in teeth being worn down completely, or in your teeth being weakened to a state where cracking and breaking occurs. In these cases, crowns or implants may be needed.

The best way to protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism is by having a custom dental splint made. Dental splints may also be called mouth guards, night guards, occlusal guards or occlusal splints. These should be worn when your bruxism acts up the worst, and be comfortable, unobtrusive and barely noticeable.

Dental splints are custom-made by trained technicians to fit perfectly over your teeth. We will create a mould of your teeth that is then used to fashion your splint out of a strong acrylic material. Your splint will both cushion against grinding and help protect your enamel.

Depending on your level of bruxism, a dental splint should last from two to five years.

West Market Dental are Your Calgary Family Dentists

West Market Dental is comprised of a group of dedicated family dentists operating in Calgary’s southwest. We happily provide dentist services to the Calgary areas of Signal Hill, Christie Park, Aspen Woods, West Springs, Springbank Hill, Killarney, Strathcona Park, Rosscarrock, and Glenbrook. We are pleased to share our client testimonials as a demonstration of our commitment to you and your family. Contact us today! 

Calgary Cosmetic Dentistry Options to Help Discover Your Smile

Veneers Before and AfterA general or family dentist in Calgary can help with discoloured, chipped, misshapen or missing teeth. We are able to fix odd-shaped teeth, close spaces between teeth, improve the enamel on worn teeth, and lengthen or shorten teeth that may be different from the others. Porcelain, which is much stronger than one might think, is the dentist's cosmetic material of choice because it can be made to match the colour of your teeth, and be sculpted to look absolutely natural.

Here are a few of the cosmetic dentistry options we provide at Calgary’s West Market Dental: 

Zoom! Whitening One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options we provide is Zoom! teeth whitening. This is the best type of teeth whitening available to Calgary dentists. Zoom! can effectively lift out stains in teeth caused by smoking and drinking coffee and tea. The process takes from 60 to 90 minutes — depending on the desired level of whitening — and the results can last up to two years! This procedure is completely safe and there is usually little to no discomfort following treatment.

Laser Gum Lift Some people are uncomfortable with their smile because they feel it appears too “gummy.” A minimally invasive laser gum lift will place your gums in the right position, allowing for your natural look to shine through.

Enamel Reshaping Habits like grinding your teeth – a condition called bruxism that happens unconsciously, usually while sleeping, and which many experts consider to be a sleep-related movement disorder – can lead to enamel that looks chipped and uneven. In some cases enamel reshaping can restore your look quickly and easily. A custom-made splint for sleeping will also be beneficial.

Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers can help a lot of problems, including crooked, misshaped, severely discoloured, and worn or chipped teeth. They can also repair spaces between teeth. We bond a thin, customized piece of porcelain to the front of the tooth (or teeth) being repaired to create a beautiful, uniform look that will comfortably last for several years. Best of all, many people are candidates for Lumineers®, which can be applied without removing any enamel, making the procedure completely reversible.

Dental Bonding Another, inexpensive option for filling gaps between teeth and fixing tooth shape is dental bonding, a procedure during which we carefully place a colour-matched composite filling onto teeth. Oftentimes, this procedure requires little or no removal of enamel. Enamel recalcification may also produce the same results as bonding. 

Cosmetic Inlays and Onlays Porcelain inlays and onlays are perfect for replacing larger fillings and metal crowns or fillings. Inlays are applied to the inner cusp of the tooth, onlays extend out over one or more cusps.

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges Crowns are a long-lasting and attractive option for when a tooth is broken or damaged to the point where a filling is no longer an option, or for those who grind or clench and have compromised the original structure of their tooth. A crown may be necessary or cosmetic. They are crafted from porcelain to match your tooth, and then fit like a sleeve over top. In fact, this is why they are often called “caps.” They can end up looking exactly the same or even better than your original, and have an average lifespan between 10 and 15 years.  With good daily oral hygiene, crowns or caps can last longer than 15 years.

Bridges are prostheses that that “bridge the gap” created by missing teeth. Crown are applied to the two teeth at either end of the gap, which provide support for the false tooth (usually created from porcelain) in between.

Calgary Cosmetic Dentistry at West Market Dental

At West Market Dental, we will make sure you are fully aware of all the options before embarking on a cosmetic dental procedure. We are also able to provide a number of before and after photos to show you examples of our work that may be similar to the dental problem that you are trying to improve. The dentists at West Market Dental happily serve families in the Calgary communities of Signal Hill, Christie Park, Aspen Woods, West Springs, Springbank Hill, Killarney, Strathcona Park, Rosscarrock, and Glenbrook. We are proud to share our client testimonialsContact us today! 

Calgary Family Dentists Work for You and Your Loved Ones

Calgary Family Dentists Work for You and Your Loved OnesOne of the best parts of my job as a dentist is when I am able to treat an entire family. There is great satisfaction in getting to know you and your kids, and then working with you all through the many stages of life and development. It also gives me a special opportunity to provide the very best of care as a dentist and help ensure a lifetime of good teeth. The more I know about a patient and their dental history, the better I am able to anticipate and treat problems.

At West Market Dental, we are Calgary family dentists, which means we are qualified to care for patients of all ages. With more than 25 years of combined experience in the dental field, we provide a full range of dental services.

What Should You Look For in Your Family Dentist?

First, of course, you should look for a family dentist that is fully licensed and certified, and who has an impeccable track record. Ask for recommendations and check reviews online. We are pleased to have earned a 4.8/5 rating on Google and a 98% rating on Demandforce, and are proud of the many client testimonials we have been able to collect. We are always happy to provide information about our commitment to our clients.

Second, make sure you are comfortable with your dentist, and that your kids are too. It’s easy to be intimidated by a medical provider, but trust me, the last thing we want you or your children to do is keep quiet during your appointments (except when we have our hands in your mouth, which we know is not the greatest). In order to get the most out of your family dental care, you should be open and honest about any current concerns and potential difficulties. 

Third, make inquiries into billing. Our knowledgeable front-end team is experienced with working with every major dental insurance provider in Alberta, and we will always do our best to help you get the most out of your coverage. This means appropriate scheduling of treatments and open communication with our clients. We never want finances to preclude you and your family getting the treatment you need, and are available to discuss payment plans and other options.

Finally, look for a convenient location. It can be hard enough to make and keep appointments even without having to drive across the city! Our dental office is located in the southwest of Calgary, easily reachable from 17th Avenue and Sarcee Trail SW. Before signing up for your first appointment, feel free to request a tour of our clinic. We have worked hard to create a welcoming, kid-friendly environment that we think can assist with keeping you and your family calm and relaxed during your visits. A family dentist also makes it much easier to schedule your regular cleaning appointments and check-ups. The whole family can visit at the same time!

Services Provided by a Family Dentist

In addition to regular cleanings including x-rays, scaling and fluoride treatments, West Market Dental also provides all aspects of general dentistry services. Among the most common procedures we perform include applying dental sealants to help prevent the advancement of tooth decay and filling cavities, which can happen to even the most dedicated to their teeth.   

Other services include:

We are also available for dental emergencies, such as a broken or knocked-out tooth. Kids can get into all kinds of scrapes on the playground, too, and we have seen and repaired just about every kind of playtime accident you can think of.

In addition, sedation dentistry services are very useful for those who find a trip to the dentist to be especially uncomfortable, and are an effective way to combat dental anxiety.

Contact Us to Learn More

Contact us at West Market Dental to learn more about our services and us. As dedicated Calgary family dentists we would love to get to know you and your loved ones, and start a long relationship committed to the very best care a dentist can provide.

Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep Apnea and SnoringSleep apnea is a serious condition where an individual stops breathing repeatedly during their sleep.  If left untreated, the continuous disruption in sleep can dramatically increase a person's chance of getting high blood pressure, heart disease, type two diabetes, weight gain, and strokes.   Fortunately, there has been increasing awareness of sleep apnea and people are starting to get screened and receive appropriate treatment. The dentists at West Market Dental are currently working with Calgary sleep physicians to offer sleep apnea screening and treatment.  A Remmers Sleep Recorder ( is sent home with the patient to use for 2 - 3 nights.  The data from the recorder is then sent to a sleep physician for interpretation and sleep apnea diagnosis.  If appropriate, the dentists are able to fit the patient with a Somnodent Oral Appliance ( to be worn at night to treat the sleep apnea or snoring.  There are pros and cons with the oral appliance vs a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) ventilator ( and there is no clear cut best device to treat all sleep apnea conditions,  but some patients do find the oral device more comfortable and less cumbersome based on reviews.  Please call our office to inquire about the sleep apnea screening or details about the Somnodent Oral Appliance.

Implants for neighbouring teeth

missing tooth dentist

At West Market Dental one of the frequently discussed procedures is what we can do for a missing tooth. Every night as I sit and watch the Oilers (Go Oilers!!) fight for the Stanley Cup I see many toothless players giving interviews after the game. Of course most of us do not have high risk jobs that endanger our dental health like hockey but we all eat, which can be just as dangerous to teeth as hockey. I myself split a tooth in half, forcing the tooth to be removed, eating popcorn. If you are like me and you suddenly are faced with the realization that that crunch you heard was not food but a tooth, please do not fret, we are here to help.

At our Calgary dental office, there are many options for a replacing missing tooth. A partial denture or plate is the most affordable option for those patients who are on a limited budget. They can be made to look quite natural but are not the most comfortable compared to other options.

The second best option would be a dental bridge. Unlike a denture that can be removed, a bridge is cemented on and feels like your own natural tooth. A bridge is also quite cosmetic and can be made to look like your other natural teeth. The main drawback is that the two neighboring teeth will need to be filed down slightly to complete the bridge.

The best treatment option for a missing tooth is a dental implant. The implant crown is also cemented on but unlike the bridge, the two neighboring teeth do not need to be filed down. Whenever possible, the dentists at West Market Dental will place the implant computer guided which is minimally invasive and very gentle. When done this way, the implant surgery is completed without the need for stitches and is oftentimes more comfortable than having a tooth pulled.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you would like to discuss with us the options for your missing tooth. We serve the communities of Signal Hill, Christie Park, Strathcona, Coach Hill, Patterson, and Aspen in SW Calgary.

Children's Dentistry

Children's Dentistry

Even though our Calgary dental office provides a wide range of services such as Invisalign clear braces / orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, botox treatment for grinding and jaw pain, and implant dentistry, we are first and foremost family dentists who provide pediatric dental care.

  Our dental office is family friendly with evening hours so that your kids will not need to miss any school to come see us.  We also have a comfortable kids room with video games, toys, reading books, and coloring books.  If you are looking for a family dental office where your kids cannot wait to come back for another visit, we would love to hear from you.

West Market Dental is located in Signal Hill right next to Sunterra Market.  There is ample free parking for  your convenience.

Love your smile with Invisalign

Smile with Invisalign

Are you happy with your smile? Have you always wanted to fix crowding in your teeth, but you don't want braces? Invisalign may be the answer for you to achieve a better smile. At West Market Dental, all of our dentists are trained in Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign treatment makes use of custom-made clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. Each aligner is worn for typically one-two weeks and they gradually shift your teeth slightly. The aligners move your teeth horizontally and vertically and even rotating teeth when needed. Each aligner is engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time, following a custom treatment by the dentist.

In the majority of situations, Invisalign is able to treat most patients orthodontic concerns. However, there are some cases and situations where traditional orthodontics (braces) may be better suited. What are you waiting for? If you would like to see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, please give the office a call at 403-246-8555 to schedule a no-charge consult or visit. If braces are necessary, we work with Orthodontists in the Signal Hill, Aspen, West Hills and surrounding areas in Calgary that we can refer you to.

Are you having issues breastfeeding your newborn baby?

Congratulations on your new baby!!! Having a newborn baby at home, if you are a first time parent or experienced parent can be scary. A quick glance at any online parenting forms reveals that breastfeeding is a sensitive topic, everyone is debating right now.

One of the unique services we provide at West Market Dental is we treat babies under 6 months of age for issues with breastfeeding.  If mom and baby are having difficulty getting the hang of breastfeeding, it may be due to a lip or tongue tie getting in the way of the infant being able to achieve a proper latch.  If you are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding, please visit your lactation specialist first, to see if this is the cause of poor nursing, or pain, while you are breastfeeding.  In many cases, you can work with your lactation specialist to do exercises to improve your newborn’s latch.

However, if the latch doesn’t improve, and if it is necessary, your lactation specialist can refer you to us to have the lip and/or tongue ties revised using a soft tissue laser.  There is no guarantee that the latch will improve with the release, but in the vast majority of the cases we treat, there is noticeable improvement, and it will give your infant the best chance of developing a better latch.

We at West Market Dental are general dentists located in the southwest of Calgary, primarily serving the communities of Aspen, Signal Hill, West Springs and Cougar Ridge.  We are proud to welcome patients from all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia for newborn laser lip and tongue tie procedures. Please call us at 403-246-8555 and we would be happy to assist you.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are usually four most terminal molars (also known as third molars) that grow into your mouth around the age between 18 and 22. These are last set of teeth that will come into your mouth. I am sure you have heard some horror stories about wisdom tooth extraction from someone that you know. However, not all wisdom tooth needs to be extracted. Most common reason why a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted is, if there is not enough room for the tooth to come in fully exposed, or if it comes in at an angle creating extra space between that tooth and the tooth in front of it. In either cases, it makes the area around the wisdom tooth very difficult to clean and maintain and that can lead to either cavities or gum disease around the tooth. Sometimes, there will be enough room for them to come in fully into your mouth or you may be missing one or more wisdom tooth as well. It is a good idea for you to get a radiograph called Panoramic radiograph taken/updated around the age of 18 to check whether you have any wisdom tooth and if so how it is doing. If you do have to get one or more wisdom tooth extracted, it is good idea to get it done sooner than later because as a person gets older, the jaw bone gets denser and more brittle making the extraction more difficult. Hence, longer you wait before you get your wisdom tooth extracted, higher the chance that you may end up with possible complications. If you have wisdom tooth that has not come in fully into the mouth or if you are at the age around 18 or 19, it may be a good idea for you to come and see us and talk to us about it.

We are dentists, serving SW part of Calgary and doing many different types of dental procedures including wisdom tooth extraction. Give us a call if you have any question about wisdom tooth today!