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My wife needs to get her wisdom teeth yanked. We need a great dentist in the downtown Vancouver area.

Our current dentist's office is a throw back to the middle ages with shackles, a rack and an inquisitor wearing a black robe.

I think what I'm trying to say is that we're looking for a more modern dentist.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
 

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Not downtown but he's good enough that I travel from Marpole to North Van.

Dr. Matin Farshad
160 14 Street 1108, North Vancouver, BC V7L2N3
(604) 987-7272
 

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Dr. John Christensen
604-736-2505 905 West 4th ave

Certainly not old school, they take a digital picture of you for their file and last time I saw him he had blue hair I think. My wife's been seeing him for years, I've seen him once and was very pleased.

Easy to find his place in the summer, his blue cruiser (HD?) is parked outside. Another plus (that he's a rider... not that it's a cruiser).
 

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I travel to Pinetree Dental out in Coquitlam. He's does a great job, is reasonable and gives me all the numbing I want.
 

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Dang, I forget the name of the guy I went to. He was on West Broadway near Willow Street I believe. He specializes in dental surgery and he's also a regular doctor too I think. Let me know if you want the name, I could find out tonight.

My family has been into dentisry for years and this guy was the only guy they wanted me to go to. All 4 of my wisdom teeth were out in 15 mins and I had no problems after. So glad I did go see him, I have a friend who is having problems right now with his....

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i'll second for christensen.

i had all 4 of my wizdumb teeth out by him, and he called me from a rock concert that nite to check up on me. great personality, and his staff (at least when i was there last) were all hotties.

i always left the office wondering if i had my shirt untucked or not.

his office is on the northwest corner of 4th and cypress, beside the variety store. it's one street west of burrard.
 

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My first recommendation is to get a second opinion on whether they need to go or not. I think some dentists pull teeth as a make work project.

In hindsight, I would not have had mine removed.

A year ago I had all four removed. I met with the dentist ahead of time and he mentioned my root was near a nerve. I took this to mean I would be in for some pain, but no big deal.

The bottom two teeth were in the bone so he had to cut them apart in sections. While cutting the bottom right side, I felt a sharp jolt of pain although I was still frozen. He thought I just needed more freezing so gave me another shot. As the novocane wore off, the right side of my tongue and gums remained with a frozen feeling.

I had no feeling in my tongue for about 6 to 8 weeks and then feeling slowly started to come back. My tongue felt frozen that whole time. I bit it quite a few times and had trouble eating. Even now a year later, I still don't have 100% feeling.

You can read more about this here:

http://www.sciential.net/lingualnerveinjury.htm

If it has to go, it has to go.

Most people recommend IV sedation and that's what I did. Most people say it makes you feel asleep and that you don't remember a thing. To me it felt like I only had a couple beers. I was totally awake the whole time and felt normal. He said he gave me the max dose allowed as well.
 

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VanDave said:
Most people recommend IV sedation and that's what I did. Most people say it makes you feel asleep and that you don't remember a thing. To me it felt like I only had a couple beers. I was totally awake the whole time and felt normal. He said he gave me the max dose allowed as well.
I did this as well, and I don't remember a thing. I was out for over a 1/2 hour and it took him less than 15 minutes to get mine out.

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Dr. David B. Lawson - office right on Beach Ave., not too far from where you are. Seen him since I was a kid and he was team Dentist for Canucks and Grizzlies.
 

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Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply.
 

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When I got my wisdom teeth removed 4 years ago, I went and got 3 in-office consultations at $50 a pop. YES, I was hella scared of dental surgery =) and now that I look back , I may have taken the whole procedure a bit too seriously! For the monetary savings, for my personal condition, I'd trust a general practicioner of dentistry the second time around - depending on how severe your wisdom teeth situation is ... if they are easily plucked out, not impacted, or too far in their development stages, or not complicated by close proximity of nerves, etc etc etc. Of course you should get a professional consultation before considering any further!

I went to Dr. M Henry in Coquitlam. His office is very nice and he is certified in oral and maxillofacial Surgery. The surgury room is large and only has 1 chair in the middle ... there is a good view of mountains. Hardwood floors, warm colour walls. Of course it was the professionalism of his consultation that won me over ... he is very honest. My other consultations were like sales pitches ... they wanted my business. Dr. Henry told me that I could wait till I'm 30 to get my wisdom teeth removed with minimal risk (I was 20 at the time). He gave me options about sedation ... even to the point of using my dentist. His explainations made sense too. He is a good communicator. Anyways, you can check him out here http://www.drhenryomfs.com/index.html

He seems really cool. He's mature, athletic (steady hands!!!), funny. I had some IV sedation and local anesthetic ... I woke up to a nurse monitoring me and wondered if the operation even started yet! No headaches! They got a nice recovery lounge, and its private so you don't feel uncomfortable having other patients watching you. They get your family or whatever waiting there for you. My girlfriend got her wisdom teeth removed at some place near Oakridge and they just toss her out in the reception area when she's done ... she didn't enjoy it. I felt like I was at a spa.
 

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Dr Brian Baird
Georgia Dental Group
530- 1090 West Georgia Street
Vancouver
604-684-7745
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Young, smart and friendly guy with modern equipment. Really knows his stuff and always getting upgrades to his training. I've been going to him for over 5 years now and I'm always pleased with his work. Well... as pleased as you can be with someone poking at your teeth.
 

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I went to Dr. M Henry in Coquitlam. His office is very nice and he is certified in oral and maxillofacial Surgery. The surgury room is large and only has 1 chair in the middle ... there is a good view of mountains. Hardwood floors, warm colour walls. Of course it was the professionalism of his consultation that won me over ... he is very honest. My other consultations were like sales pitches ... they wanted my business. Dr. Henry told me that I could wait till I'm 30 to get my wisdom teeth removed with minimal risk (I was 20 at the time). He gave me options about sedation ... even to the point of using my dentist. His explainations made sense too. He is a good communicator. Anyways, you can check him out here http://www.drhenryomfs.com/index.html

I used him as well. Very friendly and assuring. Had him (Surgeon), assistant, and a specialist for sedation. 30 minutes later, I was awake and feeling good.

After having all 4 pulled, there was no pain, no excessive bleeding, no dry socket. I didnt even have pain after the first day, I popped 1 t3, and I was good! Very professional and reassuring, everything is brand new, and state of the art.
 
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