Having dental treatment while you are asleep is known as Sleep Dentistry and may also be referred to as Dental Sedation, Sleep Sedation, and Sedation Dentistry and involves IV sedation and anaesthesia to induce sleep and reduce pain, awareness and recollection during dental procedures or oral surgery. In this way, it alleviates the fear, anxiety and discomfort that may often be associated with general and paediatric dentistry.
Dental phobias may often be passed on from parents to their children, and one bad experience as a child may psychologically traumatise a person for life. This causes them to avoid dentists, which leads to development and exacerbation of problems over time.
At our unique facilities in Melbourne, sleep dentistry is safe and highly effective making it a relaxing, comfortable and often enjoyable dental experience. Patients who experience sleep dentistry at our Melbourne clinic often acquire an entirely new and positive outlook on visiting the dentist.
At Sleep Dentistry Melbourne clinics we alleviate the anxiety often experienced by patients about pain, needles, or the noises and smells of typical dental procedures. Such patients often avoid going to the dentist, which leads to more problems and more complex treatment needs.
Children learn this anxiety from their parents or from a single bad experience. Sedating and anaesthetizing young patients for paediatric dentistry treatments means they have no awareness of their procedure, which lessens the chances for children to acquire a phobia, which could impact on their long term oral health. As such, sedation has always been very popular for paediatric dentistry, as well as for adults who experience anxiety or have a phobia of dental procedures.
Sleep Dentistry at our Melbourne clinics is also common for patients with special needs who may be too busy to attend multiple dental appointments and wish to undertake their dental procedures in one go under sedation. Such approach also eliminates the boredom and fatigue of long sessions.
With sedation techniques, our dental providers are able to often complete an entire treatment plan in the one sitting because they have access to the latest equipment in a setting to which they are accustomed.
Sedation techniques, whether light twilight sedation or full general anaesthetic, may also be indicated for patients with certain medical needs who need to be supervised by a medical specialist, or patients undergoing advanced oral surgery.
The team at Sleep Dentistry Melbourne is dedicated to offering the highest level in patient care, which is part of the reason sedation and anaesthetic treatments for dental procedures are offered at our purpose-built facilities. The range of treatments offered at our clinics may help patients improve and maintain their oral health – or help enhance their smiles with:
Boasting state of the art surgical and anaesthetic equipment, and supervised at all times by one of our specialist anaesthetists, sleep dentistry at our Melbourne clinics is not only effective for a range of dental procedures and paediatric dentistry, but also safe.
In consultation with you, we develop a treatment plan that you understand and are comfortable with. To discuss treatments that will help maintain and optimise your oral health, book an appointment at a Sleep Dentistry Melbourne clinic today.