Sleep Dentistry FAQ

SLEEP DENTISTRY – Frequently Asked Questions

Some dental offices advertise “sedation dentistry”, which usually involves the patient swallowing a pill and/or inhaling nitrous oxide (i.e. laughing gas). This may be helpful for patients who request a mild level of relaxation. However, many people who are fearful or anxious about receiving dental treatment often require a more effective alternative. This is where we can help.

In Ontario, a certified specialist in dental anaesthesiology is a dentist who has successfully met the requirements of dedicating thousands of hours to the study and hands-on training of this discipline. In addition, they have successfully completed the required oral and written board examinations. In Canada, approximately 50 dentists have this qualification. This unique certification permits that practitioner to administer any level of anaesthesia (i.e. mild, moderate, deep sedation; or general anaesthesia), and customize the treatment for an individual. At Uxbridge Dental Specialists, we are proud to have two of these uniquely qualified dentists. Our patients benefit from this distinction.

Yes, if you prefer. Most of our patients receive dental care while they sleep – eliminating their exposure to any unpleasant sights, sounds or sensations. The effect of anaesthesia is profound and the recovery is rapid. Many patients are pleasantly surprised when the treatment is completed, awaking calmly and very relaxed.

Sure. We offer the full spectrum of dental anaesthesia, from a pleasantly relaxed sleepy state to a general anaesthetic. Depending on your needs and the required dental treatment, our dental anaesthesiologist will present various options, and together you will decide which is most appropriate.

For most of our adult patients, the first step is to place proper monitors. Supplemental oxygen is given comfortably beneath the nostrils and an intravenous (I.V.) line is started. The safest, most suitable medications are administered by our dental anaesthesiologist to achieve the desired effect and level of anesthesia.

Absolutely. We monitor our patients from the time our patient is seated in our dental chair, throughout the entire procedure, and during the recovery period. Vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, respirations, oxygenation level, and temperature are carefully and continuously monitored by one of our dental anaesthesiologists and registered nurse.

Our patients typically emerge promptly from anaesthesia. They go home when they fulfill certain criteria, usually within 30-60 minutes of recovery. All patients must ensure that a responsible person of at least 18 years of age is present to escort them home. Work or school activity should not be scheduled for the day of the procedure.

Safety is our primary concern, so the quality at our facility is outstanding. Treatment is performed by highly qualified practitioners. We always strive to utilize the most recent and advanced technology.

Yes. Our compassionate staff and uniquely experienced dental anaesthesiologists understand the requirements of these patients. We aim to provide all of our patients with their necessary treatment, and deliver it in a customized manner. Our anaesthetics are designed to achieve the safest and most comfortable environment for everyone involved.

Most individuals seeking this treatment are eligible. Patients with certain medical or behavioural conditions may not be ideally suited for this therapy. Prior to scheduling an anaesthetic, all patients undergo a thorough consultation and medical history review with one of our dental anaesthesiologists to determine whether they are appropriate candidates.