Whether you are looking for an exam, cleaning or making a decision about having major dental work done, there are some things you need to know. If you are looking to maintain your teeth for life, it is relevant to know that when your teeth fit together properly, they are easier to clean and are likely going to have less dental concerns as you get older.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How are dental equipment and tools sterilized?

The mouth is often referred to as “the gateway to the body” which attracts a number of bacteria and germs. Some patients are concerned about the cleanliness and sanitization of dental equipment and tools. Check out how Slave Lake Dental addressed this concern and prepares it’s equipment in this video:

When should you bring your child to the dentist?

Many parents ask about bringing their child to the Dentist and some of them wait until it’s too late. At Slave Lake Dental, here’s what we recommend to help reduce the “fear of the unknown” when visiting the Dentist for the first few times. Click the image to view the video.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

If you are wondering what the optimal number of times is to visit the dental Clinic to ensure your oral health is maintained, then this video is for you. The answer can vary depending on your personal oral health history and concerns however we discuss a general guideline in this video

What can I expect on my first visit to Slave Lake Dental?

You may have heard about Slave Lake Dental from a friend or family member if you have never been to our office before. Here’s what you can expect (and not expect) when you come in to visit us. We are looking forward to seeing you!

What is Invisalign?

One of the most popular ways to straighten your teeth for our patients is by using clear aligners or trays, called Invisalign. Dr. Pukanich explains what Invisalign is and how it works in this video. Click here to learn more about Invisalign.


What is Sedation Dentistry?

As much as we do everything possible to make you comfortable, we understand that most patients would rather be anywhere else than in a dental chair! Some patients even delay going to the dentist or getting dental work done because of anxiety and fear. If this is you, you need to watch this video below or click here to learn more about sedation dentistry.

How Do you know if you grind your teeth?

People are often in denial when ask whether or not they grind their teeth. For most patients there are objective signs and symptoms, which can be assessed using our technology along with a through dental exam. Stephanie Richardson talks about how to tell whether or not you grind your teeth.

Why does going to the dentist cost so much?

When it comes to financing you oral health, some patients wonder why it costs so much. Dr. Pukanich explains some of the “unknown” dangers of the dental black market and what questions you should really be asking your dentist.

Why should I wear a custom fit sports mouth guard?

Adults and children in our community play a number of contact sports such as hockey, football, or soccer. We often get asked if wearing a sports mouth guard is worth it – here’s our answer to this question as explained by Stephanie Richardson.

Why should I straighten my teeth?

Are you looking to keep your teeth for life? This video is for you if you have crooked teeth. Learn the importance of your teeth fitting together properly and how that impacts your overall oral health over the course of your life.

Does your Dentist just look at your teeth?

Patients at Slave Lake Dental are sometimes surprised when we talk about their gums, face, jaw, and surrounding structures as some dentist only talk about teeth. We provide a complimentary oral health cancer screening and look at your overall oral health.

What's the best way to whiten my teeth?

When it comes to whitening your teeth we know that there are many options available to you in stores and that trying to make the best decision for your oral health can be confusing. In this video Stephanie explains why. Click here for more information on our Spa Dent Take Home Whitening Kit.

How many people work in that office?

We currently have 24 members on our team and we are always growing. We have 3 Dentists, 1 Team Leader, 1 Team Leader Support, 1 Marketing Director, 5 Hygienists, 8 Dental Assistants, 7 Patient Care Coordinators and 1 Patient Care Provider Support. You can click here to meet our team members or watch the video below.

Do you take new patients? Or Emergencies?

Slave Lake Dental always welcomes New Patients and Emergency Patients. We currently serve patients from all over Canada! Our service area includes, but is not limited to Slave Lake, Swan Hills, Smith, High Prairie, Red Earth Creek, Atikameg, Gift Lake, Wabasca Desmarais, Kinuso, Driftpile, Grouard, Canyon Creek, Widewater, Athabasca, Westlock, Enilda, Mclennan and more!

Are you open evenings or weekends?

We strive to make everything about your dental visit an experience to remember and that includes booking it. We are currently open until 5:00 p.m. on weeknights, late on Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m. and we are even open some selective Saturdays during fall, winter and spring.

Slave Lake Dental Office Hours:

Monday:              8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday:              8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday:       8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday:            8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday:                  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday:             8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday:                Closed

Is fluoride actually safe?

Many people have heard conflicting information on fluoride and it’s contribution to oral health. We hear questions like: How much do we need? How much is too much? Am I getting enough fluoride in my regular visits? How much fluoride should many child have? Click here to see facts provided by the Canadian Dental Association on fluoride and what impact fluoride has on your teeth.