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Sleep Dentistry
Sleep Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry at

Bacchus Marsh, Melton & Ballan

 
Dentistry has come a long way. Thanks to modern technology we can perform many procedures without pain and quicker than before. But we know that sometimes general anxiety or fear from past experiences can be an issue, so we offer sleep dentistry for the patients who need it.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is a term used for when the dentist administers medication either before or during a dental procedure to help the patient relax. Fortunately, we live in a time when modern medications are safer than ever and we can tailor them to suit the needs of the individual patient. The method of administration is personalised so that you receive the level of sedation you need for a comfortable and stress-free experience.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

 

Sleep dentistry is a term used for when the dentist administers medication either before or during a dental procedure to help the patient relax. Fortunately, we live in a time when modern medications are safer than ever and we can tailor them to suit the needs of the individual patient. The method of administration is personalised so that you receive the level of sedation you need for a comfortable and stress-free experience.

Sleep dentistry, on the other hand, is when the patient is put to sleep under general anesthesia. This is reserved for longer or more complicated procedures or for those who have extreme anxiety.

Even though it can be helpful with most procedures, sleep dentistry is not for every situation. For example, it is not used for certain cosmetic procedures if the dentist needs to communicate with the patient or may not be appropriate for those with sleep apnea. But no worries, our experienced dentists will do a full evaluation to determine if it is right for you.

Sedation Dentistry vs Sleep Dentistry

 

Although they sound the same, sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry are slightly different.

Sedation dentistry refers to the administration of medications that cause deep relaxation and drowsiness. The patient will feel relaxed, but will not go to sleep. Even though awake during the entire procedure, patients often don’t remember it, which helps alleviate anxiety they might normally experience.

Sedation Dentistry vs Sleep Dentistry

Although they sound the same, sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry are slightly different.

Sedation dentistry refers to the administration of medications that cause deep relaxation and drowsiness. The patient will feel relaxed, but will not go to sleep. Even though awake during the entire procedure, patients often don’t remember it, which helps alleviate anxiety they might normally experience.

Sleep dentistry, on the other hand, is when the patient is put to sleep under general anesthesia. This is reserved for longer or more complicated procedures or for those who have extreme anxiety.

Even though it can be helpful with most procedures, sleep dentistry is not for every situation. For example, it is not used for certain cosmetic procedures if the dentist needs to communicate with the patient or may not be appropriate for those with sleep apnea. But no worries, our experienced dentists will do a full evaluation to determine if it is right for you.

How is it Done?

 

There are different methods used to induce sleep dentistry. For example, if you require oral medications, you may be given a prescription ahead of time and instructed to take it about an hour before your appointment. Your dentist will discuss any other medications you take along with allergies to determine which medication is best for you. Nitrous oxide is a lighter level of sedation that is given during the procedure, and effects wear off quickly afterwards. General anesthesia is used for sleep, and instructions may be given to arrange transportation after your appointment, since the effects may linger.

Types of Sleep Dentistry

There are numerous medications that can be used, and each result in a different type of sedation.

Oral Medications

are given as liquids or pills, such as lorazepam. These are given before the procedure, so the patient is in a state of deep relaxation when it begins.

Nitrous Oxide

or laughing gas, is added to oxygen and administered through a breathing mask to help the patient remain relaxed and comfortable during the dental procedure.

IV Sedation & General Anesthesia

For those who are really phobic and cannot be treated under normal circumstances, or if the surgery is very involved, IV sedation or General Anesthesia can be performed either in the clinic or in the hospital with the help of a professional sedationist or anaesthetist.

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Lauren Condon

Would recommend Dr. Fong and Caroline at Dental House, both Sunbury and Bacchus marsh. Very friendly and welcoming. They ensure you feel comfortable and Dr. Fong has the best jokes! Wouldn’t go anywhere else.

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Benefits of Sleep Dentistry

 

Sedation and sleep dentistry are beneficial for anyone who has an extreme fear of having dental procedures. We may also recommend sleep dentistry for those who require extensive dental work. This allows us to do a lot of work in less time, saving the patient time and money as they don’t have to make multiple visits. But the benefits of sleep dentistry are different for each individual. If you recognize that any of the following pertains to you or your family, discuss your options with your dentist:

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Past, negative experiences with a dental visit
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Resistance to local anesthesia
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Phobias, such as with needles
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Jaw problems that main be aggravated during a dental procedure
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General anxiety disorder
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Low pain threshold
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A strong or overly sensitive gag reflex
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Extensive work needed
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Exposed nerves or extremely sensitive nerves
While sleep dentistry may sound appealing, it is not necessary as modern technology has allowed many procedures to be pain-free. But it can be very useful to teach those who are afraid of dental procedures that they need not worry. It is also not recommended for common procedures like x-rays or dental cleanings.

Is Sleep Dentistry Right for Children?

 

While usually not necessary, sleep dentistry can be safe and beneficial for some children. We believe that early positive experiences lead to a lifetime of good oral health, and sometimes sedation may be the right option. With many levels of sedation to choose from, we can tailor medications that are appropriate and safe for the child’s age and size.

Nitrous Oxide

is the lightest form of sedation and administered with oxygen through a mask. The child quickly recovers as soon as the mask is removed.

Mild or Moderate Sedation

is accomplished with the use of Intravenous sedation in the presence of a professional sedationist if the child requires a lot of work and wants everything done at once.

General Anaesthetic

In some cases children may require to be administered to a local hospital for general anaesthetic.

Preparation Before and After

 

An exam and evaluation will be done before your dental procedure, so you are fully aware of the work we will perform. If you require sedation or sleep dentistry, your dental professional will explain what is available and then outline the best options for you, and help you prepare for your visit. Some ways you might prepare are as follows:

A mild sedative such as laughing gas or a mild oral sedative may require no advance preparation, or your dentist may ask you to not drink an hour before your appointment.

An oral sedative may require a prescription before the appointment so you can take it ahead of time.

Stronger sedatives, like those used in IV or general anesthesia, may require you to schedule a future appointment and fast with no food or drink up to 12 hours prior. You will have to wear loose clothing on the day and no jewelry or makeup is allowed. Arranging for a ride home is also essential in most of these cases.

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Make an Appointment Today

 

If you put off dental procedures due to fear of needles, pain or anxiety, sleep dentistry may be an option for you. We strive to make sure your visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible, and will work with you to ensure you have a positive experience. We know that good dental habits maintain good oral health, and can set you up for a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

Call today for an appointment, especially if you worry about dental work. Our team here at the Dental House is dedicated to helping you overcome your fears and making your appointment a positive experience. And we ensure that when you visit, you and your family are in good hands. Fill in the enquiry form below and one of our friendly team members will be in touch to organise a consultation for you.

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