For some, a trip to the dentist can create a sense of intense fear or panic. With sleep dentistry, there’s no need for you to worry. Sleep dentistry allows patients to receive pain-free treatments while they’re under sedation, making it the perfect solution to those with dental phobias, anxiety, a very low pain threshold, a strong gag reflex, a fear of needles, or for those requiring complex procedures.
There are a variety of sedation types to suit your dentistry needs.
Penthrox, also known as the green whistle, is similar to happy gas but is instead handheld by the patient, which allows you to control how much you wish to inhale. This works well for dental appointments as it can be inhaled before the procedure and during for pain relief and relaxation. It is extremely safe and is suitable for almost all our patients.
Gas inhalation can assist in relieving dental pain and anxiety. Patient can experience a relaxed sensation as rapidly after six-eight breaths.
Although patients remain in a relaxed state during the procedure, they are still in control and are able to respond to the dentists. As soon as the dental treatment is completed, the sedative effect dissipates quickly after the procedure without drowsiness and any side effects.
Lorazepam is a commonly used sedative that can elicit satisfactory sedation for dental procedures and has no active metabolites. Lorazepam is not recommended for pediatric patients.
Longer treatments will be performed under General Anaesthetic, where patients are unconscious during the procedure. This type of sedation is particularly ideal for those who require several treatments to be performed all at once as a result of not visiting the dentist in several years.
How much does it cost?
NEDS has just been registered to perform treatment at the Yarrawonga Hospital and at a purpose built GA facility in Melbourne. Treatment dates are subject to hospital availability.