Here at Kew Dentistry, we understand that undergoing any form of dental work can be scary or overwhelming for some people. Incredible advancements in technology and processes in the dental field now allow dentists to provide options for their patients. In our Melbourne clinic, we offer sleep dentistry (sometimes known as sedation dentistry) for our patients. At Kew Dentistry we can perform procedures under general anaesthesia, intravenous sedation or happy gas sedation. So, what is sleep dentistry? Read on to learn more.
Sleep dentistry is the process of performing dental work whilst the patient is ‘asleep’ under general anaesthetic. It is often used for patients with anxiety or a phobia of dental work and ensures minimal discomfort for the individual. At Kew Dentistry, our fully trained medical anaesthetist and Registered Nurse will be present at all times throughout the procedure to ensure that you are safe and comfortable, and will wake completely unaware of the work you’ve just had done.
- Who can get sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is a process that exists to help a range of people. The following are people who may benefit from being sedated during their dental procedures:
- Patients who have avoided the dentist for a long period of time.
For various reasons, individuals may have gone years without a dental check-up. Whilst we recommend a check-up with your dentist every 6 months, we understand that phobias or traumatic past experiences may be a reason why you haven’t been to the dentist in a while! We pride ourselves on being kind and considerate with all of our patients and will work to find the most suitable outcome for your required dental work. Sleep dentistry might be the best option for you!
- Patients with general anxiety disorders
Some people choose sleep dentistry for a range of reasons, whether their anxieties relate to the dentist or not. If you have a fear of needles, struggle with loud noises or sitting in a chair for long periods of time, sedation may be a great option for you.
- You are concerned about pain
Every mouth is different, and some individuals have higher tolerances to pain. We understand that sensitivity and pain may be a concern for you, going into a dental procedure. If this is the case, we can recommend a certain level of sedation to suit your needs.
With all of this in mind, you may be wondering if sleep dentistry is beneficial for you. There are so many different options and ways that we can make your dental work more comfortable for you. If you want to learn more about sleep dentistry and the related costs, and if it is right for you, get in contact with the team at Kew Dentistry today.