The Centre for Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry is a purpose-built dental and surgical facility that offers sleep dentistry under the medical supervision of specialist anesthetists trained in Anesthesia and Intensive care.
Sleep dentistry or sedation dentistry is a form of dental sedation administered intravenously that induces a deeply relaxing sleep state combined with pain relief during your entire dental procedure.
Being sedated with sleep dentistry, you will feel very calm and intensely relaxed, completely unaware of the dental treatment being performed. You will experience no pain, discomfort or fear during the course of your treatment and when it’s all over, you will have no memory of the procedure you just had. You will feel as if you simply had a good, deep sleep.
While Sleep Dentistry is a safe sedation technique, a trained medical anesthetist is present at all times to strictly monitor the sedation process.
Our dental clinic is appointed with state of the art safety and monitoring equipment, along with highly experienced and caring staff to make sure you have a safe and comfortable experience.
Sedation dentistry at our centre in Melbourne’s Burwood East, allows your treating dentist access to all his usual resources, making your dental treatment also more efficient. There is no need for hospitalization or extended periods of recovery.
You will be ready to go home after a short recovery period of about an hour after your dental procedure. A responsible adult will need to accompany you home and stay with you for the rest of the day and overnight as the sedative effects wear off.
Sedation dentistry is available for a wide range of dental treatments or oral surgical procedures in adults and children, and particularly for individuals with extreme dental phobia or who suffer from involuntary muscle movements such as spasms, as well as patients with cognitive disabilities.
Benefits of Sleep Dentistry:
- Reduces anxiety and fear of dentistry
- Alleviates gag reflex tendencies
- Facilitates numbing process for those who have difficulty becoming numb from oral injections
- Minimises teeth and gum sensitivity
- Enables complex or long dental procedures to be completed in one appointment
Paediatric dentistry focuses on the unique, oral needs of children particularly preventative dental health treatment and early detection and treatment of dental diseases.
A simple dental visit can arouse strong feelings of anxiety and fear in some children, especially if they perceive a parent’s or another adult’s anxiety about visiting the dentist which only makes the child even more fearful. In some cases the fear is so great that they develop a dental phobia that often continues into adulthood, and which can put the child’s overall health at risk.
As a result, children may not be able to relax or sit still long enough to receive the required dental treatment.
If a child is particularly nervous or has special needs then dental sedation or conscious sedation may be a possible solution to help relax the child.
Conscious sedation allows a child to become more relaxed but still be able to respond to voices or stimulation.
There are several types of conscious sedation methods available including:
- Inhaling gas Nitrous oxide or laughing gas has a mild sedative effect and is safe to use for moderately anxious or nervous children. The ‘happy gas’ wears off very quickly with no lingering after effects.
- Medication taken orally Sedatives taken orally offer moderate sedation and are only recommended based on the child’s level of anxiety, general health and the dental treatment required. Oral sedation may take up to an hour before the child shows signs of relaxation and they may drift into a light sleep from which they can be easily aroused.
- Intravenous sedation – An effective sedative technique that is administered intravenously by an experienced anesthetist and monitored during the dental procedure. The child will feel as if they are asleep, even though they remain conscious but will not have any memory of the procedure.
- Intramuscular injection Sedatives are administered by injection into the upper arm or thigh muscle. This method of sedation is for children who cannot or refuse to swallow oral medications. This is a much faster acting medication than oral sedatives.
- General anesthesia – General anesthesia will put a child into an unconscious deep sleep. and may be recommended in situations where:
- Your child cannot relax enough for treatment even with conscious sedation.
- Oral surgery is required or other dental treatment that would be difficult for the child to tolerate.
- The child needs lots of dental work in one appointment.
- The child has a disability that limits their ability to understand directions or is uncooperative.
At The Centre For Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry we aim to make your child’s visit to the dentist as calm and comforting as possible. Our friendly and caring staff will ensure your child feels safe and is prepared for the dental procedure by explaining every step of the process before treatment begins.
If the child is particularly anxious, uncooperative or fearful then sedation may be recommended. Your dentist will discuss with you the available sedation options and determine which would be the most appropriate type of sedation for your child.
During sedation your child will be carefully monitored throughout the dental procedure to ensure a safe and comfortable dental experience.
Ensure your child has a positive dental experience in a warm, caring and friendly atmosphere at The Centre for Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry.
Don’t let dental phobia prevent you or your child from receiving proper dental care, call us on (03) 8845 5444 or send us an email to find out how dental anaesthetic or sleep dentistry can help alleviate anxiety and fear.