Sedation Options for Anxious Patients

As an authorized non-hospital general anesthesia facility, Driftwood Dental is proud to offer our patients a full suite of sedation options, including Oral Sedation, Nitrous Oxide, IV Sedation as well as General Anesthesia.


Sedation Dentistry, Courtenay Dentist

Dr. John McGaw is registered with the CDSBC to provide multiple drug IV sedation for dentistry. As part of his registration, he has many years of special emergency medical training for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a prescribed pill that helps you to relax during your procedure.  Soon after taking oral sedation, you will start to feel calm and more relaxed. It can cause you to feel drowsy, so we ask that you arrange for someone to drive you to home after your appointment.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, otherwise known as "laughing gas," is inhaled through a mask that is placed over your nose and helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the effects of the gas tend to wear off quickly. 

This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure safely.

Intravenous Sedation

Dr. McGaw is registered with the CDSBC to administer relaxant drugs intravenously.  He has been providing IV Sedation to thousands of nervous patients for the past 20+ years.

Dr. McGaw and our Registered Nurse continuously monitor your blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, EtCO2 and respiratory rates to ensure that you’re reacting normally throughout your procedure.

While sedated, you’re able to respond to verbal commands but are so relaxed that it’s unlikely that you will experience pain, discomfort or anxiety.  A local anesthetic is also used to ensure your comfort.

General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia Sedation for Dentistry at Driftwood Dental is provided by our physician/anesthetist, Dr. R.B. Richardson. 

Dr. Richardson has provided General Anesthesia in the Comox Valley for over 20 years at St. Joseph’s General Hospital and at Driftwood Dental.

Sedation for Dentistry includes General Anesthesia (GA).

Our facility is authorized by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) to provide GA for dental appointments for healthy patients.

We ask that you contact our office to schedule a GA consultation as GA appointments involve decisions that include our Physician/Anesthetist, Dentist/Dental Specialist and our Treatment Coordinator. » Learn More

General Anesthesia FAQ

Here are a few frequently asked questions for you to consider when seeking General Anesthesia in a non-hospital facility. 

Before any procedure requiring general anesthesia, our anesthetist will review your medical history to ensure that you are a candidate for general anesthesia. » Learn More


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