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Cannula

A slender tube inserted into the body for the delivery of fluid. Anaesthetists may use this when administering drugs during sleep dentistry at Sleep Dentistry Melbourne. A cannula allows multiple medications to be administered without the need for multiple needles. Sedated patients will be unaware of the use of a cannula during dental procedures.

Emla gel

A numbing gel that can be applied to minimise any regional pain and discomfort, particularly if a needle or cannula is to be inserted.

Anaesthetic

Any drug that causes a reversible loss of sensation. The two main types are local and general, and may be used alone or in combination during dental procedures. A local anaesthetic affects only a limited area, while a general anaesthetic causes a general lack of consciousness. For sleep dentistry at our Melbourne clinics, anaesthetists often use low levels of general anaesthetic, which means that patients can still breathe on their own.

Local anaesthesia are usually either applied to the skin or injected, while general anaesthesia are administered by inhalation or infusion through a cannula. A number of local and general anaesthetic drugs are in common use. Sleep Dentistry Melbourne’s¬†specialists have experience in a range of general and paediatric dentistry procedures, and develop individual dosage plans for each patient.

Eruption pattern

Once teeth have formed in the jawbone, they grow through the bone and then through gums into the mouth. This happens first with baby teeth, and again from around the age of six until the age of 13. The timing (and spacing) of this activity is referred to in paediatric dentistry as the eruption pattern.

If baby teeth and not properly cared for, they may fall out or be otherwise affected in a way that can alter the natural eruption pattern. This disruption, so to speak, can mean that teeth are not properly spaced or are otherwise impacted. Paediatric dentistry focuses on maintaining and monitoring oral health, which means that potential issues with the eruption pattern are mitigated as much as possible.

Brain Wave Monitoring

General anaesthetic drugs are administered during dental procedures undertaken at our Sleep Dentistry clinics in Melbourne. These drugs result in changes in the electrical activities within the brain. The depth of sedation can be measured by looking at changes in the frequency and amplitude of electrical activity in the brain, which can be measured with complex monitoring equipment.

This is one of many monitoring technologies used to ensure patient safety throughout dental procedures performed under sedation.

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