5 Misconceptions about Sleep Dentistry

5 Misconceptions about Sleep Dentistry

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Sleep Dentistry Is Only for Complex Procedures

While sleep dentistry is beneficial for complex or lengthy procedures, it's also used for routine dental work. It's particularly helpful for individuals with dental anxiety or those requiring multiple treatments in a single visit. This can range from routine dental cleans, crowns, veneers, all the way down to more complex procedures like root canals. It ensures comfort and relaxation during any dental procedure, no matter how routine.

It's Only for Individuals with Severe Dental Anxiety

While sleep dentistry is incredibly beneficial for individuals with dental phobia or severe anxiety, it's not exclusively for them. It's also useful for patients with a low pain threshold, sensitive gag reflex or for those who may have physical or mental disabilities. It can also be used for those requiring extensive dental work in a single session.

Sleep dentistry is only for adults

Some people may associate anaesthetics with adults, however Sleep Dentistry can be an option for children. However there are strict rules that must apply to ensure the safest process for the child. The child must be over the age of 6 and must weigh at least 20kg. We know that children can have a negative connotation with the dentist and can be a struggle to get them to have treatment done, so sleep dentistry can be an option if they need some sort of dental work done.

Sleep Dentistry can be harmful

This is not true. When administered by trained professionals and monitored appropriately, sleep dentistry is a safe and common practice. Dentists follow strict guidelines and monitor patients closely throughout the procedure so that they are in the best hands possible. There are limits to how long a patient can be under a general anaesthetic- and most dental procedures only last about 2-3 hours.

If you have any other questions about Sleep Dentistry or if you are interested in booking a consultation, please contact us at 1300 255 600.


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