CAN YOU REALLY RELAX IN THE DENTIST’S CHAIR?
Sleep Dentistry Warrnambool
In many cases, the only way to achieve completely pain-free dentistry is with sleep dentistry. Sleep dentistry involves the use of anaesthesia to sedate the patient and induce a very relaxed feeling, or an actual state of sleep, during a dental procedure.
Sleep dentistry involves the use of anaesthesia to sedate the patient and induce a very relaxed feeling, or an actual state of sleep, during a dental procedure. This ensures that the patient feels no pain at all, which allows the dentist to perform the treatment quickly and effectively.
Sleep dentistry is typically used in cases of dental fear or anxiety when the patient feels nervous or uncomfortable about receiving dental treatment.
It’s also useful for people who do not have a tolerance for pain, have a strong gag reflex, or are averse to drills, needles, and other dental equipment.
Sleep dentistry can help people overcome the anxiety of dental treatment, especially in cases when they visit the dentist very rarely or not at all.
In many cases, it allows them to receive much needed dental treatment without having to go through a stressful experience.
Methods of Sleep Dentistry in Warrnambool
To support those with more moderate to severe dental phobia, we offer happy gas (nitrous oxide), oral sedation and IV sedation (sleep dentistry).
These services are also suitable for those patients requiring more complex procedures or those wishing to undergo their dental treatment with maximum comfort and efficiency.
Happy Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as happy gas, is delivered through a small, non-invasive nose mask where the patient can breathe normally throughout treatment. It quickly provides a relaxed and comfortable feeling throughout the appointment, giving the sense that time passes quickly.
Patients regain full function only minutes after ceasing inhalation and can resume their day as normal. It is safe to use on most adults and children with little to no side effects.
Oral sedation offers a simple and cost-effective adjunctive aid for those suffering from moderate to severe dental phobia. It is delivered in the form of a tablet ingested orally 1 hour before your appointment and provides a non-invasive form of sedation.
Although most people remain awake and responsive, they often describe feeling relaxed, comfortable and somewhat disconnected to the procedure. Many also report a sense of time passing very quickly.
IV Sedation (Sleep Dentistry)
IV sedation is a deep sedative commonly provided during dental treatment for patients who need extra care due to severe phobia, nervousness or a medical condition.
IV Sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and sleeps during treatment. You will have a strong sense of disconnection to the procedure and time will appear to pass very quickly.
Most people will have no memory of the appointment as if they were asleep during the treatment. A highly experienced specialist in sedation will be present throughout your appointment to ensure the highest levels of safety and comfort for you.
IV Sedation is a popular treatment option for patients who suffer from more severe dental fear or patients that require more extensive or multiple treatments in a single sitting.
In cases of dental anxiety, relaxation therapy and techniques have proven very useful in helping patients relax before or during dental treatment.
Controlled breathing helps relax the body and the mind, and involves a slow deep breathing technique through the nose with a count of three for each inhales and each exhales.
When practising, it is important to breathe slowly and not too fast, which can cause hyperventilation. You may also decide to listen to music during your visit to help relax and distract your focus from the procedure.
Many patients come to the clinic with unique and creative ways of making their dental treatment a more relaxing experience. We welcome the possibilities and hope you make your visit a pleasant one.
To ensure your comfort at all times, you and your dentist will create a fail-safe signal that you can use at any time during your treatment.
This will tell us that you feel pain, are uncomfortable or want to take a break during the procedure.
When you are unable to speak, a simple hand signal will let us know that you would like to stop. This helps ensure your comfort as well as allow you to build trust with your dentist.
You can always speak in detail with your dentist before your treatment to know what to expect or to make an agreement, such as taking breaks every 5 or 10 minutes, etc.
This will keep your dentist mindful of your comfort level in case you are worried about interrupting or disturbing them during your treatment.
Listed below are the most commonly asked questions we receive from our patients.
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