Sleep Dentistry: What You Need To Know

For some people, visiting the dentist can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience. The anxiety and fear are often triggered by a bad dental experience or seeing and hearing drills and sharp instruments. This fear leads patients to avoid going to the dentist altogether, which is very harmful to their oral health. Thankfully, dentistry has evolved and new methods and technologies make going to the dentist less stressful.

Here we are talking about sedation dentistry, which is also known as Sleep Dentistry Treatment. This method has been developed to help patients relax during visits and lengthy procedures. Sleep dentistry treatments are available for patients that suffer dental anxiety or undergo complex procedures such as a root canal treatment. Nonetheless, it’s an effective option and makes visiting the dentist easier on everyone.

At Carrum Downs Dental Care, we always ensure our patients are comfortable and relaxed before any procedure. But we also know some need an alternative method such as sleep dentistry. That’s why our dentists have listed everything you need to know about it! So, if you’re considering sleep dentistry, keep reading below and find out if it’s suitable for you

What Is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry involves using medication or intravenous sedation through an injection to help patients relax during dental treatments. While it is commonly known as ‘sleep dentistry’, patients are usually awake, except for those who go under general anesthesia. Your dentist will adjust the sedation for you, and the level will depend on the treatment being performed.

The level of sedation is as follows:

  • Minimal Sedation: Awake but more relaxed than normal.
  • Moderate Sedation (‘Conscious Sedation’)- you won’t remember much of the procedure and your words might be slurred.
  • Deep Sedation- Almost unconscious, but can still be awakened.
  • General Anesthesia – Completed unconscious and commonly used for complex procedures.

Who Is Suitable for Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is suitable for patients who:

  • Have a fear of visiting the dentist
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have sensitive teeth or gums
  • Have a Strong gag reflex
  • Require complex dental work to be completed

There are many reasons why a person will opt for sleep dentistry, but it isn’t for everyone. Beforehand it’s best to consult with your dentist and find out whether sleep dentistry is right for you.

How Safe is Sleep Dentistry?

When it comes to sleep dentistry, there are very minimal risks. The main risk with this method is administering the anesthetic. However, the procedure is often carried out by an experienced dentist, so it is considered to be a safe practice for adults and kids.

For people that suffer from any health issues such as sleep apnoea or asthma, should inform the dentist beforehand. Telling your dentist your complete history will mean complications will be avoided and the procedure will be carried out safely.

Book In For A Consultation Today:

Reduce your fear of visiting the dentist by getting in touch with our team at Carrum Downs Dental Care today! We will be happy to assist you with any information you need and recommend the right treatment for your situation. You can call us on (03) 9783 0600.