Sleep Dentistry

Are you terrified of the dentist? In that case, you’re not alone. In fact, most people are afraid of the dentist for many reasons. According to The Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, about 22 percent of patients experience extreme fear or anxiety about seeing the dentist. Some can have sensitive oral nerves, which makes the procedure more painful for them. Others have had bad experiences and memories from the past that make them fearful of their next trip to the dentist. So, sleep dentistry could be the most comfortable and relaxing solution for anyone who’s not too keen on the idea of dentistry or is trying to avoid essential treatment due to anxiety. Read more to find out what we offer in ORIS Dental Clinics about this treatment option. 

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What is Sleep Dentistry?

Here at ORIS Dental Clinics, we understand that having to go through any dental work can be scary and sometimes terrifying for some people. However, massive advancements in dental technology now allow dentists to provide options for their patients. Additionally, in our clinic, located in Richmond Hill, we offer sleep dentistry (or what is also called sedation dentistry) for our dear patients. 

Sleep dentistry is the process of performing dental work while the patient is practically ‘asleep’ under general anesthesia. Moreover, it’s often used for patients with anxiety or phobia of dental care. Without a doubt, this method will ensure minimal discomfort for the individuals. At ORIS Dental Clinics, our doctors will be present at all times during the procedure to make sure you are safe and comfortable. Also, we will let you know about each action we have taken during this time. 

Who Can Benefit
from Sleep Dentistry?

There are various reasons that you may consider giving sleep dentistry a shot. For example, if you have a phobia regarding dentists, had a traumatized experience in the past, are mainly pain-sensitive, are resistant to local anesthetic, have a small mouth that can make you uncomfortable during a lengthy procedure, or have a general anxiety disorder, sedation dentistry might be your best option. 

In addition, if you like to find out more about how sleep dentistry is able to make you comfortable during dental procedures, call us today. We can discuss available options and help you determine if sedation dentistry can make your journey to the dentist’s office more pleasant. 

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Is Sleep Dentistry Really Safe?

Talking about sleep dentistry, there may be some minimal risks. In detail, the main trouble with this method is administering and managing the anesthetic. Nonetheless, an experienced dentist often does the procedure, so this method is considered safe for any age. 

However, if you suffer from any health issues, such as asthma or sleep apnea, it would be better to let the dentist know beforehand. In fact, telling your dentists about your complete dental history will avoid any further problems, and the procedure will be carried out safely.

There are four levels of sedation, including: 

  • Minimal Sedation: This means you’re awake but feel more relaxed than normal 
  • Moderate Sedation: This means most of the procedures are not easy for you to remember, and your words may even be slurred 
  • Deep Sedation: This means you’re almost unconscious but can still be awakened 
  • General Anesthesia: This means you’re completely unconscious, and it’s used for complex procedures 

The Levels of Sedation 



Basically, the type of sedation actually affects how you feel while you’re unconscious. In general, if it’s low, you’ll feel calm and at ease. But with moderate sedation, you’ll probably feel more awake. But you’d have a hard time remembering things. With deep sedation, you finally fall asleep and aren’t aware of your surroundings.

Even though it might take a while to get fully better, you’ll feel great once you do. In fact, the pain will be less by the numbing agents in your mouth.

In general, most dentists can perform oral sedation. However, only dentists who have completed the Commission on Dental Accreditation can perform sedation dentistry. Here at ORIS Dental Clinics, we will comfort you as a patient because our dentist will adequately use the sedatives given to you. 

In general, it depends on the type of sedation. Most dentists, though, say that pregnant women should wait until their second trimester for dental work.

As noted, most oral surgeries need stronger anesthesia, such as IV sedation and general anesthesia. In addition, if you go under this type of sedation, it’s better to wait at least 24 hours before you drive on your own. 

Generally, you can eat and drink right after your appointment. However, most people wait until the anesthesia’s numbness wears off. In addition, it’s better to start with something light, like clear liquids, smoothies, and milkshakes. Then if you’re okay, you can eat something more substantial after some hours. 

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Why Choose ORIS Dental Clinics?

Sleep dentistry may be the choice for many people as they help them overcome their fear, or sometimes anesthesia is necessary for some people. Therefore, it’s crucial to let the professionals handle it. Here at ORIS Dental Clinics, located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, we offer top-quality service at reasonable price. We accept most insurance plans. Just call us today to get the information you need. Your dentist may refer you to our clinic by filling out our secure online sleep dentistry referral form.

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