Sedation dentistry, often misleadingly called “sleep dentistry”, makes patients feel more relaxed and at ease, removing an unnecessary barrier to undergoing dental treatment.
Sedation dentistry involves the administering of a sedative to an anxious dental patient. The patient is not asleep and is still able to cooperate in their treatment.
The most common approach to sedation dentistry is using intravenous sedation. It is usually delivered via a small plastic tube connected to a needle given in the back of the hand or in the arm. A sedative medication is delivered via the tube, with the amount based on the patient’s individual need (minimal, moderate or deep).
For patients who are anxious about needles, we sometimes use inhalation conscious sedation, whereby a sedative gas is administered via a mask.
Intravenous conscious sedation usually achieves a deeper sedation than inhalation conscious sedation, with most intravenous patients having little memory of the dental experience, even though they are awake throughout. This technique is ideal for patients with strong dental phobia who need prolonged or more invasive procedures, including the treatment of multiple teeth at different locations in the mouth.
Almost any patient who is in need of dental treatment for health or cosmetic reasons but has anxiety or fear about the procedure is likely to benefit from conscious sedation. These include any patient who has high anxiety about dental visits, has suffered traumatic dental experiences in the past, experiences difficulty achieving numbness, has a severe or strong gag reflex or worries about gagging during impressions for crown and bridgework, or anyone who is afraid of needles in the mouth.
Smile Solutions, on Collins Street, Melbourne, is the largest dental practice in one location anywhere in Australia. We utilise the resources, knowledge and experience of some 48 general dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists who consult in our practice. For complex cases, peer reviewing within our practice is paramount, and the process of referring from clinician to clinician is almost seamless. In addition to general and cosmetic dentistry, we offer specialist care in fields such orthodontics, dental implants, oral surgical care, root canal therapy and children’s dentistry.
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*Disclaimer: The contents of this video are of a general nature only and may not apply to your specific circumstances. As every person is different we always recommend that you visit a qualified dental practitioner to obtain tailored dental advice to suit your own specific needs.