Types of Dental Sleep Dentistry
Oral Sedation is the most common type of sleep dentistry and involves taking medication to help patients relax during a dental procedure. The medication is usually taken before the appointment and may cause drowsiness. Patients who receive oral sedation are still conscious during the procedure but may not remember it. The effects of oral sedation can last several hours, and patients will need someone to drive them home after the appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous Oxide Sedation, also known as Laughing Gas (or happy gas), is also a common form of sedation used in sleep dentistry. It is a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and discomfort for patients. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask placed over the patient’s nose. The patient remains conscious during the procedure and can communicate with the dentist. Nitrous oxide is fast-acting and wears off quickly, allowing patients to return to their normal activities after the procedure.
Intravenous IV Sedation
Intravenous (IV) Sedation involves the administration of medication through a vein, often used for complex dental procedures such as dental implants or wisdom teeth removal. IV sedation provides a deep level of relaxation and can cause patients to fall asleep during a surgical or invasive procedure. Patients who receive IV sedation, for pain, are monitored closely by dentists and a trained medical professional to ensure their safety. The effects of IV sedation can last several hours, and patients will need someone to drive them home from the dental clinic after the appointment.
General Anaesthesia involves the use of medication to induce a deep sleep-like state. Patients who receive general anaesthesia are unconscious and unaware of the procedure. General anaesthesia is usually reserved for more extensive procedures and is administered by a trained anaesthesiologist in a hospital setting.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
Reduced Anxiety: Sleep dentistry procedure can help reduce anxiety for patients who may have dental phobia or fear of dental procedures. Sedation can help patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
Increased Comfort : Sleep dentistry can help reduce discomfort during dental procedures. Patients who receive sedation may not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Smoother Treatment Experience : Sedation can improve a patient cooperation during the procedure. Patients who are relaxed and comfortable are more likely to cooperate with the dentist and follow instructions.
Faster Procedure Times : Sedation can help reduce the time it takes to complete a dental procedure. Patients who are relaxed and comfortable are more likely to cooperate with the dentist, allowing the procedure to be completed more quickly.
Safe and Effective : Sleep dentistry is a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and discomfort for oral health patients during a dental procedure. The dentist will carefully monitor the patient during the dental treatment to ensure their safety.
How much does Sleep Dentistry Services cost at Aria Dental?
We offer our sleep dentistry patients the highest level of service with their sedation option at for our day-to-day dental treatments at our state of the art Dental Implant Centres or in hospital treatments.
Sleep Dentistry Perth Cost are from:
- Basic sedation tablet (typically Ativan) which is offered FREE at all of our Implant Dental Clinics;
- Penthrox whistle-styled inhaler which starts from $150;
- IV sedation and with an in-clinic, specialist medical anaesthetist cost starts from $1,200. A portion of IV sedation can be claimed back through Medicare.
- For those opting to have their dental procedure in hospital setting, individual quotes can be provided depending on which hospital you interested in visiting and anaesthetist doctor selected.
Will I suffer from any side effects after my sleep dentistry appointment?
All sleep dentistry options, including using a general anaesthetist, are all temporary and safe. It is possible to feel nausea or confusion immediately following the dental treatment. You are not allow to drive after having sleep dentistry dental procedure, so bring along a friend or family member to take you home and monitor you for a few hours.
What are other ways of handling dental anxiety?
Instead of sleep dentistry, some other methods for managing dental anxiety include breathing and inhaling meditation, a relaxation technique before your dental procedure.
Meditation is an effective way to decrease stress levels and create a more relaxed environment before your dental care. One technique that can help reduce stress is mindfulness meditation, which involves focusing on the present moment and observing thoughts and sensations without judgment.
Another technique is deep breathing meditation, which involves taking slow, deep breaths and releasing tension with each exhale. Completing Yoga or Tai Chi before attending your appointment and can help promote relaxation and reduce stress levels. Practicing meditation regularly can increase awareness and help individuals better manage stressful situations when visiting the dental clinic.
Book a Sleep Dentistry Perth Appointment
Dental sleep dentistry is a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and discomfort for patients during dental procedures. The type of sedation used will depend on the patient’s needs and the complexity of the procedure. Patients who have dental phobia or require extensive dental work may benefit from dental sedation. If you are considering dental sedation, speak with your dentist to determine the best option for you. We offer this service at all of our Aria Dental clinics, in Midland, Maddington, North Perth and Scarborough.