If you’re feeling worried about visiting the dentist, we understand. These fears are common.
For over 45 years, General and Cosmetic Dentistry has provided the kind of dental care that calms anxious patients.
Our entire team is completely dedicated to making the dental experience a positive one for our patients. We develop long-term relationships with the families in our community and strive to exceed expectations every time.
We find that local anaesthetic, a tranquil atmosphere, soothing music or TV, and the unruffled reassurances of friendly staff are usually enough to give patients with dental anxiety a pleasant and pain-free experience.
However, for those who suffer from a severe fear of the dentist, we are now pleased to offer sedation options in the form of ‘sleep dentistry’ or ‘sedation dentistry’.
What Is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry involves supervised sedation through an intravenous injection (IV) that is administered by an anaesthetist while you recline in the dental chair.
Though you are conscious and able to follow requests from your dentist, it induces a deeply relaxed state in which pain, awareness, and recollection are reduced.
While under IV sedation, time passes very quickly and you won’t remember much of what happened. Some people remember nothing at all.
If you worry that you won’t tolerate the dental treatments that have been recommended, sedation may be the right option for you.
Is Sleep Dentistry Safe?
IV sedation is extremely safe. Of course, it’s important that you are evaluated as a suitable candidate as there are some contraindications.
A fully qualified anaesthetist will administer the injection and monitor your pulse and oxygen levels throughout the procedure. You'll recover for a short period before heading home (usually 20 to 30 minutes). It’s important that you have a companion to take you home.
You can rest assured there are no unpleasant side effects, and all you’ll feel is the enormous relief of having had your dental treatment both pain and worry free.
Who Qualifies for Sleep Dentistry?
Patients with dental anxiety are the most common participants in sleep dentistry. There are, however, a number of groups who may benefit from this comfortable approach to dentistry:
- Patients with an overactive gag reflex
- Patients with extensive treatment plans
- Medical or psychological conditions that make it difficult to sit still
- Patients who have difficulty becoming completely numb
A consultation and complete medical history will allow us to determine if sleep dentistry will work well for you. We look forward to helping you complete the dentistry you need to keep your smile healthy and comfortable.
Please Call Us to Learn More
If you are searching for a dental practice in Kew that offers comfortable, stress-free dentistry in a warm and friendly clinic, contact us to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced dentists to learn more about sedation dentistry.
Even if it has been a while since your last dental appointment, our dentists will help you catch up and enjoy greater health and confidence with your smile.
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