Sleep dentistry at our Mornington Peninsula clinic
It’s reasonably common for people to be anxious about visiting the dentist.
At our Mornington dental clinic, we provide a relaxing and gentle experience for patients to reduce or eliminate anxiety about going to the dentist. Our quality dental care allows you to receive the sleep dentistry treatments you need, while being monitored under general anaesthetic.
We help people who may typically be too afraid to go to the dentist receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common fear or unease known as dental phobia.
An external consultant anaesthetist provides the general anaesthetic medication, allowing you to have any pain-free dental treatment while being completely monitored during the procedure. After the treatment, you are moved to a recovery area, where you are observed until you are ready to be taken home by a trusted family member or friend.
What is sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is sometimes known as sedation dentistry. It’s your solution if you are a patient who can become anxious or stressed about dental treatments, and needs to receive dental care in a relaxed, calm and tension-free environment.
Sleep dentistry performed under general anaesthetic
We help patients from all over the Mornington Peninsula, by offering sleep dentistry services – all from the convenience, comfort and safety of our clinic. You don’t need to go to hospital when you choose our sleep dentistry offering. Our external consultant anaesthestist performs this treatment, right here at our Mornington clinic.
The anaesthetist administers a general anaesthetic (GA) medication directly into your bloodstream – which means immediate results. While under GA, you will be gently put to sleep. You will be connected to a monitor – the anaesthetist will assess your pulse, blood pressure, oxygen level and breathing function constantly throughout the procedure.
While under general anaesthetic, our dentist will be able to perform your selected dental treatment quickly and safely, while you are being completely monitored by the anaesthetist. Because the anaesthetist is a qualified medical practitioner, you will receive a Medicare rebate for part of the cost of the anaesthetic procedure.
What are the benefits of sleep dentistry?
When your dental treatment is performed using sleep dentistry, you should experience some or all of the following benefits:
- Completing dental work in fewer visits
- Reducing a gag reflex which can make dental treatments uncomfortable for some patients
- Alleviating anxiety, leaving you relaxed after your treatment
- Preventing you from remembering the sounds and smells which are often associated with dental anxiety
- Providing comfort for patients with certain medical conditions which may make it hard to remain still during treatment.
How much does sleep dentistry cost?
The cost for dental procedures performed under sleep dentistry varies from patient to patient. Your dentist and our office staff members will provide you with all fee-related information before booking your procedure. The anaesthetist fees will be payable separately, with a Medicare rebate available for part of the fee.