Dental O So Gentle offers sleep dentistry to ensure a positive dental experience at either of our Perth clinics.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep Dentistry is dentistry carried out while the patient is under some form of sedation to minimise any anxiety or stress one may feel. It can be carried out for any patient, but the level and setting are dependent on the medical history and general fitness of the patient, as well as the type of dental treatment being administered. Sleep Dentistry is always tailored to be as safe as possible for the patient, whether it be in the dental surgery or in a day-procedure hospital setting.
What types of Sleep (Sedation) Dentistry are there?
The following types of sedation are used for Sleep Dentistry:
- Inhaled Minimal Sedation
This sedation includes the breathing of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as “laughing gas”, combined with oxygen through a mask placed over your nose. The gas allows patients to relax, and the amount of sedation can be controlled by your dentist. The effects of the gas tend to wear off quickly making this the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home following the procedure.
- Oral Sedation
Oral sedation can range from the minimal to the moderate, depending on the total dose given. For minimal sedation, patients ingest a pill or solution about an hour before the procedure. This sedation will make you drowsy though awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. Some patients become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure, though they are usually able to be awakened with a gentle shake.
- IV Sedation
IV Sedation includes the receiving of the sedative drug through a vein to ensure quicker effects. This method of sedation allows the dental sedationist to continually adjust the level of sedation as necessary.
- Deep Sedation and General Anaesthesia
Deep sedation and general anaesthesia will make you either almost or totally unconscious (deeply asleep) during the procedure. While under the effects of general anaesthesia you cannot easily be awakened until the effects wear off or are reversed with medication. This form of sedation can only be carried out safely in a hospital setting.
Do I still need a local anaesthetic with a sedative?
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you’ll typically need a local anaesthetic to relieve pain, if the procedure causes any discomfort. Local anaesthetic is the numbing medication applied to the site in the mouth where the dentist is working.