At Omni Dental Centre, we offer a wide and exhaustive range of dental services. If you are looking for a dentist to treat your gum disease problem, deliver pediatric dentistry, or even dental crowns and bridges to give you that dazzling smile you’ve always wanted, you’ll find all the specialists and services you need right here at Omni Dental Centre.
To ensure your safety, the use of gloves, masks and protective eye glasses are compulsory for all patients during treatment. A system of rigorous and stringent infection control procedures also takes place. All instruments and hand pieces are autoclaved with the latest in sterilization technology and many of our supplies are “Single Use Only”. You can be assured that no one else will be sharing his or her germs with you.
Wisdom teeth may not need to be removed if they are:
Positioned correctly and biting properly with their opposite teeth
Able to be cleaned as part of daily hygiene practices
Many times, however, wisdom teeth — the third molars in the very back of your mouth — don't have room to grow properly and can cause problems. Erupting wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally.
Sometimes wisdom teeth only partially emerge through the gums. Other times, they remain completely hidden. Wisdom teeth that aren't able to emerge normally become impacted, or trapped, within your jaw.
If the wisdom teeth emerge partially through the gums, a passageway is created, which can cause problems. And because this area is hard to see and clean, it can become a magnet for bacteria that cause gum disease and oral infection.
Many dentists believe it's better to remove wisdom teeth before the roots are fully formed, when someone is younger and more likely to recover faster from surgery. This is why some young adults have their wisdom teeth removed before the teeth cause problems and become more firmly rooted in the jaw.
Wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as:
Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)
Damage to nearby teeth, such as decay to the tooth infront of the wisdom tooth
Extensive tooth decay
Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.
For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sleep dentistry or sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it's used depends on the severity of the fear.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include:
Minimal sedation -- you are awake but relaxed.
Moderate sedation (formerly called "conscious sedation") -- you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
Deep sedation -- you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
General anesthesia -- you are completely unconscious.
Types of Sedation Are Used in Dentistry
The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:
Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide -- otherwise known as "laughing gas" -- combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill and it's usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake.
IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the anaesthetist to continually adjust the level of sedation.
Deep sedation and general anesthesia. You will get medications that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious -- deeply asleep -- during the procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication.
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you'll still need a local anesthetic -- numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth -- to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.