Sleep and Sedation Dentistry
The very thought of a dentist’s chair probably sends shivers down your spine. Most people avoid getting dental procedures due to anxiety and fear of dental clinics. Sleep and Sedation Dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with calming your nerves during a procedure. Sedation can even be used for simple procedures such as a tooth cleaning. It really depends on your personal preference and the level of anxiety or fear you have. Of course, for more painful procedures such as tooth extraction we use at least local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable.
At Bridge Road Dental, Richmond, you will have access to some of the best dentists in Melbourne. We understand your anxieties and worries and are fully equipped and trained to put your mind at ease.
Your dentist may use any of the following methods depending on the procedure.
– Inhaled Sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas): Nitrous oxide is a safe sedative agent that is used during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is used to make you more comfortable during certain procedures. Nitrous oxide is administered through a small mask that fits over your nose. You may feel slightly lightheaded or feel numbness and tingling in your hands and legs. However, you will be fully conscious and will be able to respond to questions or directions from your dentist. Nitrous oxide leaves your system very quickly, so you will be fully alert within 5 to 10 minutes.
– Oral sedation: Oral sedation is a method where you are given a pill which induces a mildly sedative state. Oral sedation would make you feel more comfortable and less anxious. It provides a little bit for pain control as well. The pill for oral sedation is pre-prescribed at your previous appointment. The pill is typically taken an hour before the procedure. With oral sedation, it is extremely important not to drive yourself to and from the appointment. With oral sedation, you will be fully conscious and be able to respond to directions or questions from your dentist. Often times, oral sedation will produce a state of amnesia where the patient will not remember much of what happened during a procedure. This is actually seen as a beneficial side effect by many of our patients. The effects of oral sedation may last for anywhere between 2 to 6 hours.
– IV sedation with a sedative drug: With this method a sedative drug is given directly into the vein. This method allows the dentist to control the amount of sedative drug that is being given to the patient. The dentist can put you in deeper if required or make you more conscious if required. Again, with this type of sedation you are still able to respond to questions or directions. However, when you come out of the sedated stage you will have no memory of the procedure.
– General anesthesia: With the general anesthesia method, you are put into deep sleep with medications. You will be completely under and will not be able to respond to any questions or directions. General anesthesia is rarely used in dental procedures. It is only used for extremely complicated cases or when the patient is extremely anxious.
Sleep and Sedation Dentistry is a specialized aspect of dentistry and takes years to master. We will discuss your available options and choose one that best suits you. We take a lot of care in ensuring you receive the best care available. We have some of best dentists in Melbourne. We always follow the appropriate treatment protocols to ensure you have a pleasant and safe visit. Our goal at Bridge Road Dental, Richmond, is to provide you the most comfortable treatment setting possible in the most responsible manner.