Sleep Dentistry In Melbourne
Fear and anxiety about visiting the dentist affect many adults and children in Australia; pain free dentistry (or sleep dentistry) can alleviate these concerns and ensure everyone receives the dental care they need.
Avoiding or delaying your visit to the dentist can worsen problems and lead to pain, infections and even tooth loss. Toorak Dental Studio is passionate about providing a soothing, comfortable environment that puts even the most nervous patients at ease and makes every dentist experience a positive one. If you’re feeling worried about oral treatment, talk to us about sedation dentistry in our Melbourne clinic.
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For pain-free dental treatment in Melbourne
Suitable for complex treatments, patients with a low pain threshold and sufferers of dental fear, TDS offers pain-free dentistry for a calm, relaxing experience. We offer general anaesthetic for the complete sleep dentistry experience, and IV sedation for patients that have conditions that restrict them from going under general anaesthetic. Our services are always personal and sympathetic, so just let your dentist know how you’re feeling and we’ll discuss the best options to ensure you’re always able to access the highest standard of dental care in Melbourne. Whether for advance appointments or for emergency dentistry, our sleep dentistry techniques use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest approved processes.
Reducing dentistry pain for over 35 years
Since we started up over 35 years ago, we’ve never lost sight of our commitment to provide a comfortable, relaxing dental experience that puts even the most nervous patients at ease. Our warm and welcoming environment is family-run, making it a leading choice in Melbourne for children’s dental work and more complex treatments such as wisdom tooth extractions and TMJ treatments.
Sedation dentistry before and after treatments
What to expect from sleep therapy
We do everything we can to help patients overcome their fear, so you can maintain optimal oral health. Pain-free dental techniques ease patients into a relaxed, dream-like state to increase comfort and ensure limited or no memory of the procedure. We’ll talk you through the process and you’ll be able to answer any questions you have about our sedation dentistry services.
If the thought of having your teeth cleaned makes you tense, you’re not alone. Many people have a phobia of going to the dentist that they would rather endure the agony of a toothache than sit in the dentist’s chair. If you are filled with anxiety about visiting a dental clinic, sedation dentistry may take away some of your apprehension. Administered for anything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth filling, speak with Toorak Dental Studio today about how we can alleviate your concerns.
Using medication, sedation dentistry helps patients in Melbourne relax during dental procedures. It is sometimes used interchangeably with “sleep dentistry,” however this is not completely accurate as patients are generally awake (with the exception of general anaesthesia).
There are four levels of sedation dentistry:
- Minimal sedation: You are relaxed and awake.
- Moderate sedation: You may not remember much of the procedure but you are still conscious (slurring of words when speaking may occur).
- Deep sedation: You are on the edge of consciousness. However, you can still be awakened.
- General anaesthesia: You are completely unconscious.
At Toorak Dental Studio, we offer intravenous (IV) sedation dentistry and general anaesthesia for your convenience.
Benefits of intravenous sedation dentistry
Many eligible people opt for IV sedation dentistry because of the many advantages, such as:
- Intravenous sedatives are fast-acting
- The procedure will feel like time has passed very quickly
- IV sedation makes it easier to have complex or length procedures carried out smoothly. This means you won’t need to split up your treatments into different sessions: they can be done in the one sitting
- You won’t recall much from the procedure, so you won’t experience any dental trauma
- Your dental experience while under IV sedation will be a pleasant and stress-free procedure, for both yourself and your dentist.
What is intravenous (IV) sedation dentistry?
IV sedation is administered intravenously by a qualified dental sedation therapist to induce a state of deep relaxation or calmness. Depending on how much sedative is used, you may be in a state of semi-consciousness as quickly as 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
When the sedative begins to work, you may feel a little light-headed. While you may be very relaxed, you aren’t actually asleep. If the dentist asks you something, you will most likely be able to respond to that request.
Sedation dentistry for kids
For young kids, it can be daunting to visit the dentist. Some dental treatments may require your child to lie completely still or the sound of the drill may be scary for them. Sedation dentistry is a highly effective method in calming an anxious child or one that refuses to cooperate during the visit. Our dentists are well trained in keeping within the recommended dose for your child’s age and weight.
Children usually recover relatively quickly from sedation and will be able to resume normal activities after their dental treatment has been completed. At Toorak Dental Studio, our goal is to always provide, where possible, the safest and most pain-free treatment for your little one.
What are the alternatives to sleep dentistry in Melbourne?
Typical relaxation methods
A simple technique is controlled breathing, which our trained dentists can help you apply prior to sitting in the dental chair. By inhaling and exhaling well and correctly, you may feel more relaxed and calm - even when the anxiety starts to set in. We can also provide our patients with headsets that play music to help them take their mind off the procedure.
Inhaling happy gas
Sedation via inhalation, also known as ‘laughing gas’, is used to relax the patient by placing them in a deeply relaxed twilight state. Using nitrous oxide that is administered via a nose mask, the patient is aware but not asleep. You are likely to remember all the details of the dental procedure that you went through.
An anaesthetic is a type of medicine used to temporarily numb a small area of your body. You will be fully conscious but experience minimal pain as you undergo dental treatment.
What treatments are suitable for IV sedation dentistry?
When it comes to sedation dentistry, there’s really no limitations of use. It is administered to alleviate major anxiety that patients may experience before a visit to the dentist. Sedation dentistry can be used in minor and major treatments, and is based on the patient and not the dental health concern. If IV sedation is not suitable for you, our dentists will suggest alternatives to ensure you receive the dental care you need.
Sleep dentistry cost
As an estimate, the price for sleep dentistry starts at $600 for 60 minutes. Before we begin any sleep dentistry treatment, Toorak Dental Studio will give you a transparent quote so you are aware of the cost before proceeding.
If you have a dental plan with Medicare or private health insurance, it may cover anaesthesia for IV sedation. Check with your policy if you have any concerns.
What form of sleep dentistry is right for you?
You may wish to undergo sedation if you:
- have a low pain threshold
- can't sit still in the dentist's chair due to anxiety
- have extremely sensitive teeth
- have an overly sensitive gag reflex
- require a large amount of dental work to be completed
However, if you are pregnant, diabetic, are on certain prescribed medications or over a certain weight, sleep dentistry is not recommended. Speak to your dentist about what the best options will be for your individual circumstances.