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Ease your anxiety with sedation dentistry in Courtenay – Comox Valley

Wouldn’t you rather relax and drift off, sedated, while you have your dental work completed? Whether it is for routine dental work, cosmetic and implant dentistry, or surgical teeth extraction, sedation dentistry is available to you.


Dr. Luksay has undergone special training to safely offer various options of sedation dentistry in Courtenay  and Comox Valley including Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), Oral Sedation (pills), and Moderate IV Sedation. If you have a fear or anxiety from dental treatment, a history of dental trauma, a sensitive gag reflex, or you simply prefer to be sedated through your appointment, then sedation dentistry may be for you.

Frequently asked Questions about sedation

Am I a Candidate for Sedation?

If you are a generally healthy adult, you are likely a candidate for sedation. If sedation is of interest to you, let us know and we can tell you if you are eligible.

What Types of Sedation Do You Offer?

Dr. Luksay offers IV and oral sedation, as well as sedation with laughing gas. Dr. Luksay is one of the few specially trained dentists in the area qualified to provide IV sedation.

Is Sedation Safe?

Yes. To ensure the safety, we use monitoring equipment to watch your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels.

What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

If you have any of the following, you may benefit from sedation: fear or anxiety from dental treatment, history of dental trauma, difficulty getting numb, sensitive gag reflex, limited time to get your dentistry completed, or you simply prefer to be sedated through your appointment.

What Is IV Sedation?

Intravenous or IV sedation is used when oral sedation is not enough to facilitate a calm dental treatment. Sedative medication is delivered through a small needle or catheter placed in a vein.

What Should I Do Before IV Sedation?

You’ll need to be accompanied to and from the appointment, and you cannot eat or drink after midnight of the day before. If you take prescription medications, you should discuss them with your physician and dentist before undergoing IV sedation. Wear loose and comfortable clothing, but do not wear contacts, oral appliances such as dentures or watches and jewellery.

Will I Be Asleep During IV Sedation?

You will not sleep as it is a conscious sedation, but you will be safe and comfortable.

How will I feel during IV sedation?

During IV sedation you will be in a “semi-awake” state that allows for reduced anxiety. You will be able to respond to verbal commands and light physical touches. You will not need any assistance in maintaining adequate breathing and heart function during IV sedation.

How Will I Feel After IV Sedation?

After receiving IV sedation, you will probably have little to no memory of the dental procedures performed. IV sedation has an amnesic affect. You will wait to be released until it is safe, and you will receive post-treatment and home care instructions including what you should eat or drink.

What are the advantages of IV sedation?

If you don’t want to be aware of the dental procedure you’re undergoing, IV sedation is a good option for you. IV sedation starts very quickly, and the drug dosage and level of sedation are monitored and adjusted to your personal needs. With IV sedation, the gag reflex is greatly diminished, and since you are able to cooperate with instructions, this makes all dental procedures easy to carry out under IV sedation.

Scared of Dental Procedures?

Are you scare to visit the dentist?  Learn more about sedation dentistry and if it is right fit for you.

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Friendly and Professional

“Every time I've been to the office, I've been met with friendly and professional staff. I had IV sedation with Dr. Luksay and everything went smoothly. Dr. Luksay followed up with me the next day to make sure everything was okay. I then came back for a bite adjustment at no charge. Thank you for your great work and professionalism.”

- B. Lee

5 Star

Very Diligent Team

“Dr. Luksay and his staff get high marks from me for being diligent regarding patient well-being. During a routine examination, he and his assistant noticed a growth under my tongue. I had noticed it before for some time but did not give it much attention. He said it looked like it could be an obstructed salivary gland and I should get it checked out. I immediately booked an appointment with my family doctor and was eventually referred to a specialist who ordered a biopsy. There was some concern expressed (it could be a tumor) and I experienced several weeks of anxiety awaiting the results, which took longer than expected. But in the end the growth was removed and I was given a clean bill of health. Thank you Dr. Luksay and staff for taking such good care of me.”

-B. Girard

5 Star

Experienced and Helpful

“The staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr. Luksay has great experience in providing dental care for the whole family. I just did my crown replacement and I am very satisfied with the result.”

- K. Ho

5 Star

Super Clean Facility

“Always super clean, friendly staff!”

- C. Greenaway

5 Star

Very Positive and Welcoming

“From Leona at the front desk all the way up, everyone is so positive. Thanks Riverway Dental!”

- T. Murphy

5 Star

Lovely Team

“My whole life I have been terrified of having my sensitive teeth being touched until I had Dana clean my teeth! She is the best! Huge shout out to her and the whole team for being so lovely!”

- S. Zimmerman

5 Star

Accommodating and Caring

“Over the past two years I had to have some dental work done and this dental office is the best one I've ever been to. The front-end staff has been accommodating and very caring. They truly go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable. This past week Laurie helped me coordinate a last minute dental procedure and even called the next day to check up on me. I also trust Dr. Luksay to make the right dental decisions for me and he is also very attentive and professional. Highly recommend this dental office.”

- D. Dufour

5 Star

Great Team

“I'm so glad I found Riverway Dental! Such a great team of people. Thank you!”

- J. Nye

5 Star

Professional Team

“Friendly, professional office! Great experience with Dr. Luksay!”

- E. Denison

5 Star

Made Me Feel at Ease

“Great service, worked within my schedule, wonderful staff made me feel right at ease. Honest, upfront, good bedside manners. Had all my uppers pulled today and feeling great. Good job. If you’re looking for a dentist, look no further. You found a good one.”

- D. Rix

5 Star
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