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Why Sleep Dentistry is a New Popular Trend?

Some dental procedures are simple and don’t cause any real anxiety for patients. Others can be intimidating. Since delaying a procedure is not in your best interests, it makes sense to talk with your dental professional about what can be done. Sleep dentistry may be the answer. Here are some things you should know about this process and why it’s becoming more popular.

The Basics of Sleep Dentistry

Some may be confused about the difference between sleep dentistry and sedation dentistry. Part of the reason for the confusion is that the terms are often used interchangeably. Using both terms to refer to the same approach is not actually accurate.

True sleep dentistry involves using a general anesthesia to put the patient to sleep. This is sometimes the case when there is the need for more complex dental procedures. For example, general anesthesia may be called for if the patient has been in a severe accident and the reconstruction work will take several hours.

What Sort of Procedures May Call for This Solution?

Dentists consider placing a patient under anesthesia something that should only be used in specific situations. Cosmetic surgery that becomes necessary as the result of an auto accident or some type of fall would often qualify. Prolonged procedures, like wisdom teeth removal that would likely require multiple administrations of numbing agents or some type of gas to keep the patient somewhat comfortable would also be grounds for placing the patient into a state of sleep.

If you are having a procedure like the installation of porcelain veneers, basic sedation could be all that you need. This is especially true if you are not dealing with an additional health issue that would complicate the process. For example, the dentist would tend to consider sleep dentistry if you had a severe anxiety disorder and sedating you with the use of gas or oral medication is not enough to keep you in a relatively calm state.

Am I Really Asleep?

With sedation dentistry, you are not fully asleep. You may be partially aware of what is happening while being unaware of how much time has passed. Generally, you feel calm and your mind wanders to things other than the procedure you are undergoing. Even so, you remain conscious enough to respond to basic instructions from the dentist, such as to keep your mouth open.

With true sleep dentistry, you are in a state much like you would be during a surgical procedure. Most patients are aware they are getting drowsy, then fall asleep. The next thing they know, they are waking up and the procedure is over. The staff monitors the patient closely for any after-effects of the anesthesia and only releases the person to the care of a friend or relative after determining there are no complications.

How Will I Feel Afterward?

Many dentists report their patients feel somewhat disoriented for a few minutes after waking. As the effects of the anesthesia fade, the patient becomes more coherent and is capable of responding to simple questions. During this time, your thoughts may seem a little scattered and you’ll find it difficult to focus. As the effects wear off, you become more alert and in control of your thoughts and actions.

The Popularity of Sedation and Sleep Dentistry

Many patients today actively inquire about sedation and sleep dentistry when they are about to undergo a more complex procedure. The reason is obvious: they don’t have to deal with pain during the procedure or encounter any of the fears that they have about undergoing the treatment. The fact they can drift off and be comfortable for however long it takes to get the work done makes this a wonderful solution for patient and dental professional alike.

Talk with your dentist about using sleep or sedation dentistry for an upcoming procedure. The dentist will make a recommendation based on the nature of the treatment, your general health, and any medications you currently take. Together, it is possible to settle on the approach that provides the relief you want and has the least chance for complications.

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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The Ontario Government has announced new restrictions in various regions of the province beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions include moving the regions of Toronto and Peel into Lockdown (maximum measures) status. You can find the status of all regions in Ontario here.

With the announcement that Toronto and Peel regions are heading into lockdown as of tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As medical/health providers, we have been classified as providing essential services and will continue to provide both preventive and restorative, as well as emergency treatment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority.

If you have not visited one of our clinics lately, here is a reminder of what you can expect at your next visit:


A COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment. Please ensure that you respond prior to your office visit. You will be screened again upon arrival and a team member will ask you some questions and take your temperature before you enter the treatment area. You will also notice signage throughout the clinics regarding safety measures in place in the facility, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing, and hand-sanitizing.


We ask that all patients please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle to reduce the number of people in the waiting area and to aid in social distancing. Please text or call us to let us know that you have arrived and we will let you know when it is ok to enter the office. You will be required to wear a mask at all times in the dental office, except for during treatment, in the treatment room. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.


We have removed most of the seating from our waiting rooms. Whenever possible, we are having patients wait outside of the clinic until their appointment time. However, if you do need to use one of our chairs, please do so. We will ensure the surfaces of the chairs are sanitized after every use. Our receptionists have plexiglass shields in front of them at all times - we ask that you please respect social distancing, even at the front desk, and refrain from touching surfaces there whenever possible and stay behind the shields while speaking with the staff. Our debit/credit machines do accept tap, and are disinfected after every use. We can also offer contactless credit card payment using your smart phone.


All of our clinical team members will be wearing full PPE, such as a mask, glasses and gloves, as well as a face shield with cap and isolation gown when needed. Our team members will let you know when it is safe for you to remove your mask and also when to put it back on at the end of the appointment. At the start of each appointment, every patient will also be given a pre-treatment peroxide based mouth rinse to reduce possible virus in the saliva during intra-oral treatment.


In addition to in-office visits, virtual appointments are available for consultations and discussions regarding treatment, and may also be recommended in order to reduce your number of visits to our clinics. We have many different times available and all you need is a smart phone, tablet or a computer with a camera in order to have a virtual face to face meeting (no mask required).


Appointments will be spread out and schedules staggered in order to allow time for proper cleaning and disinfection. As always, all surfaces in treatment areas will be appropriately disinfected after patient visits in accordance with Public Health guidelines and high traffic contact surfaces throughout the offices will be disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day.

Continuing to follow these guidelines will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust in these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre