A visit to the dentist can be a nerve-racking experience for many patients. Some people who suffer from dental induced anxiety even put up with extreme toothache pain to avoid having to go through with dental treatment.
Avoiding your regular dental check-up – or even worse – ignoring nagging pain in the gums or toothache, can cause much larger problems in the future. Such behaviour can allow minor issues within the oral cavity to increase exponentially causing the need for much more serious and expensive dental surgery at a later date.
If you suffer from anxiety and avoid trips to the dentist, the team at Chandler Road Family Dental have the solution. We now offer sleep dentistry to all of our patients as an option to compliment their treatments.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is a process wherein the person getting the dental procedure is given anesthetic to put them into a sleep like state. This means that the dentist can work on the patient while they are unconscious and unaware of the work being performed on their teeth. This generally makes working on the patient much easier for the dentist as the patient will not struggle and move or have a panic attack during the operation.
For the patient this means they are able to get all of their dental work completed without suffering through the fear or anxiety that they have to endure during a regular visit to the dentist.
Because we at Chandler Road Family Dental understand how uncomfortable the thought of having dental work done can make some of our patients, we have introduced sleep dentistry as an option with all of our major dental services.
The procedure to induce an unconscious state is performed with the use of IV sedation administered by a dentist specially trained in the administering of anesthesia. It all takes place in a familiar and comfortable dental setting at our clinic on Chandler Road in Boronia. Within an hour of the procedure after any dental work has been performed, most patients are fine to leave the clinic on their own accord ready to show the world their whiter, brighter smiles.
What are the Benefits?
Anxiety Removal – Because the patients are sleeping soundly during the dental operation, they are completely unaware of the sights, smells and sounds around them. This alleviates any fear, anxiety or discomfort and negates the possibility of them having a panic attack during the operation.
Comfort and Safety – Patients are relieved of the discomfort associated with long and complex dental procedures. Nobody likes to keep his or her mouth open without swallowing for hours on end. We don’t either! Sleep dentistry allows longer dental operations to be completed quickly and easily with minimal discomfort to the patient.
Time Effectiveness – Under anesthetic, patients can have several or all of the necessary dental work they require done for them in one session. They don’t even have to endure it in a conscious state! This can be done instead of multiple arduous sessions that can often be required for multiple treatments.
Dental work performed on a sedated patient can also often be done faster than on a conscious patient as the client will not be wriggling around or moving due to discomfort during the session.
Which Procedures can be performed utilising while the Patient is Asleep?
The main dental procedures that are performed on patients who are under anesthetic are listed below. This list is not exhaustive and other dental operations may be performed on unconscious patients. If you would like to know more please get in contact with one of our friendly dental staff at Chandler Road Family Dental to find out more.
General dental procedures are inclusive of but not restricted to the following:
- Scale and Clean
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Dental Implant Placement
- Root Canal Therapy
You can read more about sleep dentistry, its history, benefits and the various types currently in use in Melbourne, here.
For further information on how the team at Chandler Road in Boronia can help you dream through your next dental visit, call us on (03) 9762 0661.