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:

Sleep Dentistry General Anaesthetic

General Anaesthetic

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.

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Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation

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.

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Happy Gas Dentistry

Happy Gas

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.

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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?

There are a number of cases where our dental professionals may recommend sleep dentistry. Dental sedation options are ideal for those who:

  • 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
  • Headaches
  • 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.

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Get A Personalised Dental Sedation Solution

Taking care of your dental health is crucial, and we understand that finding the right sleep dentistry solution can be overwhelming. That’s why we have a team of experienced and licensed dental professionals who will work with you every step of the way.

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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