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 in Sleep Dentistry
Sleep dentistry can either be induced with IV sedation (intravenous sedation) or through General Anaesthesia.
The patient will remain just conscious enough to communicate with their dentist during a procedure. IV sedation causes a feeling of intense relaxation and allows for a completely pain-free dental experience.
The dosage will depend on the patient and treatment, after which the person will most likely remember very little of the procedure.
The patient will go to sleep during treatment. General anaesthesia may be recommended when the procedure is longer or more extensive than suitable for IV sedation like dental implant procedures.
Alternatives to Sleep Dentistry
Patients may receive alternatives to sleep dentistry, which will prevent pain and help them cope with their dental treatment. These include:
Targets a specific area and creates a numbing effect that will prevent pain during the surgery. An anaesthetic spray or gel is first used to numb the area, and then a local anaesthetic injection is delivered to the site.
Patients will remain fully conscious and aware during the procedure but will not feel any sensation where the anaesthetic is applied.
During inhalation sedation, you will receive nitrous oxide gas (also known as laughing gas) to make you relaxed during your surgery.
In many cases, dentists prefer to use nitrous oxide because it takes effect very quickly (about 5 minutes after inhalation) and allows the patient to recover from its effects in a minimum amount of time.
Inhalation sedation also allows the dentist to sedate the patient for precisely the amount of time required for the procedure, or as long as sedation is needed.
It can also be given in gradual doses to achieve the desired sedative effect. Nitrous oxide gas will make you feel relaxed, and it is perfectly normal to feel happy, fall asleep, and remember very little of your treatment once the effects have passed.
As an alternative to sleep dentistry, Warrnambool Dental provides techniques and technologies designed to distract or comfort patients during treatment or the administration of local anaesthesia.
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.