Sleep dentistry (sedation 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, whilst in a relaxed, dream-like state. 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.
If you are a nervous patient, you can have an oral tablet or intravenous (IV) sedation before your dental treatment. The IV sedation is provided by a specialist anaesthetist. Receiving these sedation options allows you to have any pain-free dental treatment while being completely relaxed and stress-free. After the treatment, you are moved to a recovery area, where you are monitored until you are ready to be taken home.
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.
What are the different kinds of sleep dentistry?
We help patients from all over the Mornington Peninsula, by offering a range of sedation dentistry solutions – all from the convenience, comfort and safety of our clinic. You will feel as if you are in a dream-like state, and you don’t need to go to hospital when you choose one of our sleep dentistry offerings.
Oral sedation dentistry
Oral sedation is a tablet (pill) you receive about an hour before your treatment time. If you have sleep dentistry with oral medication, you will feel very relaxed – and you may not even remember all of the treatment.
IV sedation dentistry
Our specialist anaesthestist performs this treatment, right here at our Mornington clinic. The anaesthetist administers an intravenous sedative directly into your bloodstream – which means immediate results. You will receive a combination of sedative and pain-relieving medication to create a dream-like sleep of relaxation throughout the dental procedure. You will be connected to a monitor – the anaesthetist will assess your pulse, blood pressure, oxygen level and breathing function.
Because the anaesthetist is a qualified medical practitioner, part of the cost of sedation is covered by Medicare. Having an anaesthetist administer the sedation at our Mornington clinic means more convenience and more comfort for you. It’s safer than a general anaesthetic, and you don’t need to go to hospital!
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.
Sleep Dentistry FAQs
How is my safety guaranteed during sleep dentistry?
During the use of any of our sleep dentistry solutions, our staff will monitor you to ensure you are safe during the treatment.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately-qualified health practitioner of your choice.
How do I prepare for sleep dentistry?
For four hours before your appointment, please don’t eat or drink anything. We also understand that you may be feeling anxious before your first sleep dentistry appointment. At our Mornington clinic, we have noticed that our patients return for their second and subsequent visits feeling calm – they come in smiling for their next appointment!
How will I feel after sleep dentistry?
You will need to stay at our Mornington clinic for 45 minutes after your treatment – this is so we can monitor you for any after-effects. These after-effects can include nausea, drowsiness or, in the case of patients who have received IV sedation, swelling or bruising at the injection site.
A friend or family member will need to be at our Mornington clinic with you and take you home – the effects of oral and IV sedation take a few hours to wear off, and you will not be allowed to drive for several hours.
Can anyone have sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry patients will need to have a detailed medical assessment before the treatment. Our dentists will book you in for an assessment to determine suitability.
Some patients are excluded from intravenous sedation. These exclusions include:
- Addictions to drug and alcohol
- Being over a certain weight
- Being on certain prescription medications.
If our dentist assesses you as unsuitable for sleep dentistry, they will suggest alternative treatments and techniques to ensure you receive suitable dental care. Making you feel comfortable and safe is our prime concern.
Can sleep dentistry be used for all dental treatments?
You can have minor or major dental treatments performed under sedation. Remember, one of the key aims of sleep dentistry is to reduce any anxiety associated with going to the dentist – so that you can manage dental visits more confidently by choosing sleep dentistry.
How long will sleep dentistry take?
It depends on the procedure you need. If you need intravenous sedation, your treatment will range anywhere from 30 minutes to 120 minutes, in addition to the recovery period required after the treatment.
What is the difference between sleep dentistry and general anaesthetic?
When you undergo sleep dentistry, you can hear and respond to the dentist. But you will feel as if you’re falling asleep. The specialist anaesthetist will maintain this dream-like state until your dentist completes the treatment – you will find it warm, pleasant and very calming.
When you undergo a general anaesthetic, it will be at a hospital. You are ‘knocked out’ – you will be in a complete deep sleep and you will be non-responsive.
Does my dentist need extra training to perform sleep dentistry?
Yes! In Australia, qualified dentists need to undertake extra training to achieve the Dental Board of Australia accreditation in deep sleep sedation and general anaesthesia. Our specialist anaesthetist is a qualified medical practitioner, and he comes to our Mornington clinic on selected days to administer the IV sedation while your regular dentist performs the dental procedure.
How much does sleep dentistry cost?
The cost for dental procedures performed under sedation varies from patient to patient, and depends on the type of sedation used for the procedure. Your dentist and our office staff members will provide you with all fee-related information before booking your procedure. If your procedure involves the use of IV sedation administered by our specialist anaesthetist, the anaesthetic fees will be payable separately. Part of the anaesthetic sedation is covered by Medicare.