If you experience dental anxiety, the team at Main Street Dental Bacchus Marsh can help you feel at ease with sleep dentistry solutions.
Don’t let dental anxiety and fear stop you from looking after your dental health − ask the team about sleep dentistry options today.
Sleep dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry or twilight dentistry, is a type of dental care that uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. This can be a good option for patients who are anxious or fearful of the dentist, have a strong gag reflex, or need to have multiple or complex procedures done in one sitting.
There are two main types of sleep dentistry:
* Intravenous (IV) sedation: This involves administering medication into the vein through an IV drip. IV sedation is the most common type of sleep dentistry and can be used for a wide range of procedures, from simple fillings to complex surgeries.
* General anaesthesia: This involves putting the patient into a deep sleep. General anaesthesia is typically used for more complex procedures or for patients who have severe anxiety or fear of the dentist.
Both IV sedation and general anaesthesia are administered by a qualified dentist or anaesthesiologist. During the procedure, the patient’s vital signs will be monitored closely to ensure safety.
Benefits of sleep dentistry:
Reduces anxiety and fear
Eliminates pain and discomfort
Can allow for multiple procedures to be done in one sitting
Can help patients with a strong gag reflex
Can be a good option for patients with special needs
Risks of sleep dentistry:
All types of sedation carry some risks, including nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
General anaesthesia carries the additional risk of respiratory depression, which can be serious. It is important to discuss with our very experienced and professional dental team about the risks and benefits of sleep dentistry before deciding if it is right for you.
Sleep dentistry is a good option for a wide range of patients, including:
Patients with anxiety or fear of the dentist
Patients with a strong gag reflex
Patients who need to have multiple or complex procedures done in one sitting.
Patients with special needs
Patients who are unable to tolerate local anaesthesia.
If you are considering sleep dentistry, be sure to call Main Street Dental on 03 5367 5355, to see if it is right for you.