Sleep Dentistry FAQs
Here, you'll find answers to the questions our dentists are most commonly asked about sleep dentistry.
If you're new to the concept of sleep dentistry, and wondering if it could be right for you, it's important to learn about the basics so that you can make an informed decision.
Our team knows that well informed patients are the ones who tend to have the best experiences at our office.
Read through our FAQs below to get acquainted with the idea of sleep dentistry, and how it can help you get the dental care you need.
What is sleep dentistry?
'Sleep dentistry' refers to dentistry under anaesthesia, during which the patient is completely unconscious. The term is also commonly used to describe other types of sedation dentistry, although most of the time patients are at least semi-conscious for these.
Dental Anaesthesia Associates specializes specifically in dentistry under anaesthesia.
What are the benefits of sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is ideal for patients who feel fearful or anxious about undergoing dental procedures. It allows these patients to receive the dental treatment they need without the stress and discomfort they would otherwise experience.
Sleep dentistry can also be extremely helpful for patients with special needs, be they physical, mental or psychological, as it allows them to safely and comfortable undergo necessary dental care that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.
How do I know if I am a candidate for sleep dentistry?
Almost anyone can undergo some form of sleep or sedation dentistry. To find out if you are a candidate, and whether sedation or anaesthesia is the right choice for you, contact our office to book a consultation.
What is anesthesia?
The term anaesthesia refers to the administration of medications, either via injection or inhalation, that block the feeling of pain and other sensations, and produce a deep state of unconsciousness that eliminates all sensations. This allows medical and surgical procedures to be undertaken without causing undue distress or discomfort.
How is sedation different from anesthesia?
Sedation is administered and monitored by a registered nurse and overseen by our anesthesiologists. Sedation can induce a mellow feeling of well-being, a light sleep or semi conscious state; This means that while the patient is asleep or sedated, she can still be stimulated by touch, light, or sound.
Anaesthesia is administered by a certified anesthesiologist. It is considered to be a deep or full sleep, meaning the patient is fully unconscious. This allows the dentist to perform longer, more invasive procedures without the patient being aware of the proceedings.
Is sleep dentistry safe?
As with any medicine, anaesthesia and sedation medicines come with risks. However, with proper precautions, sleep dentistry is quite safe. Your dentist will discuss any risks related to your medication with you in advance of the procedure.
How do I prepare for my sleep dentistry appointment?
Your dentist will give you detailed instructions for how to prepare for your appointment well in advance. In the mean time, read through our Appointment Preparation page!
What are the qualification of the Dental Anaesthesia Associates team?
Why should I choose Dental Anaesthesia Associates?
The team at our beautiful, state-of-the-art Toronto dental practice are highly trained, experienced professionals. It's our mission to make sure your dental procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We've built our practice around a philosophy of exceptional patient care and the highest standard of practice.