Melbourne Sleep Dentistry Specialists
At Dental Implant & Sleep Centre, we understand that dental anxiety can be a significant barrier to achieving your dream smile. Our goal is to provide you with a peaceful and stress-free experience, so you can achieve a healthier, more radiant smile without any worry or discomfort.
With our dedicated team of sleep dentistry professionals, we ensure your dental needs are met in the most soothing and tranquil setting. Say goodbye to dental anxiety and hello to a calming dental experience at Melbourne’s premier sleep dentistry clinic.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry, also called sedation dentistry, is a method where the dental team gives the patient a sedative before the dental surgery. These medications help the patients relax before the treatment. While these are not supposed to put the patients under, many patients end up falling asleep during the procedure.
There are different levels of sleep dentistry, and the most common ones are:
Specialist Anaesthetists come into our dental clinic and under strict hospital guidelines, they will put you to sleep during your dental procedures. This is the best form of sleep dentistry if you are phobic and/or undergoing major procedures.
Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medication orally before the dental procedure. These medications induce a relaxed and calm state, reducing anxiety and making the patient feel more at ease during the treatment. The level of sedation achieved with oral sedation is generally milder than sleep dentistry.
Happy gas is a safe and effective technique for dental relaxation. It involves inhaling a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture through a nose mask. This method reduces anxiety and discomfort during procedures, making it ideal for nervous patients or lengthy treatments. Its effects wear off quickly, allowing patients to resume their activities without drowsiness or side effects.
The level of sedation is determined based on factors such as personal preferences, health history, procedure length, and the level of anxiety of the patient.
Who Needs Sleep Dentistry?
- Suffer phobia or extreme anxiety due to dental processes
- Have had a traumatic or bad dental experiences in the past
- Have highly sensitive oral nerves
- Smaller mouth that could become sore during a lengthy dental procedure
- Are resistant to local anesthesia
- Have an anxiety disorder
- Have a low pain tolerance
- Require lengthy procedures like implants, tooth extraction, root canals and more.
In some cases, our dentists may recommend sleep dentistry for children who cannot behave or sit still in the dental chair.
Generally, sleep dentistry is not offered when it comes to routine dental procedures, like x-rays, dental cleanings, and other dental care. Here at the Melbourne Dental Implant Centre, one of our dentists will discuss the options for sleep dentistry with you.
Associated Risks of Sleep Dentistry
Sleep dentistry is a safe process when administered by an experienced and skilled dental healthcare provider. However, there might be short-term complications or risks experienced in some cases. These might include:
- Bruising due to IV
- Vomiting and nausea
- Dry mouth
- Lingering drowsiness
It could also be challenging to predict the side effects of oral sedation. In rare cases, patients might have an allergic reaction.
This is why it is important to inform your dentist about any allergies or medications you might be taking that could cause a negative reaction.
Sleep Dentistry FAQs
How much does sleep dentistry cost?
At the Melbourne Dental Implant & Sleep Centre, we offer complimentary oral sedation for patients who experience mild dental anxiety or Happy Gas for $97 for 30 minutes. For major dental surgeries and procedures we also offer General Anaesthetic and can provide a quote during your consultation with one of our dentists.
What are the main benefits of sleep dentistry
The main benefit of sleep dentistry is to enable you to get the dental care you need without needing to be awake for the procedure. This can be especially beneficial if you have a fear of needles or are nervous about dental procedures.
Sleep dentistry also allows dentists to complete more complex procedures in a shorter amount of time which can reduce your time in the dental chair.
What dental treatments can be done under sleep dentistry?
Some of the most common dental procedures that can be done under sleep dentistry include fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants. In addition, more complex procedures, such as root canals and extractions, can also be performed while the patient is sedated.
If you are interested in learning more about sleep dentistry and what dental treatments can be done under sedation, please get in touch with our office to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team at Dental Implant & Sleep Centre will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you determine if this type of dentistry is right for you.
Is sleep dentistry right for me?
Sleep dentistry may be a good option for you if you have mild to moderate anxiety about going to the dentist. The decision to use sleep dentistry should be made after consultation with your dentist.
You should not use sleep dentistry if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have certain medical conditions or take certain medications. Talk to your dentist about your options if sleep dentistry is right for you.
Will there be any side effects after my sleep dentistry appointment?
After undergoing sleep dentistry, it is common to encounter temporary side effects associated with general anaesthesia. These may include feelings of nausea, dizziness, and confusion that typically subside shortly after the procedure.
Get A Personalised Dental Sedation Solution
During the initial consultation, we’ll conduct a thorough examination to identify your unique dental issues and create a personalised treatment plan just for you.
With our extensive experience in various dental procedures and treatments, you can trust that we’ll provide a customised solution to your specific needs. Let us help you achieve long-term dental health and a beautiful smile.
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