Sleep Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

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.

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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.

FAQs About Subject

How is my safety guaranteed during sleep dentistry?

During our sleep dentistry solutions, our staff and the external consultant anaesthetist 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?

The consultant anaesthetist will guide you on how to prepare for the day of your sleep dentistry procedure. Generally, you’ll be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for some hours before the procedure. 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 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 general anaesthetic take a few hours to wear off, and you will not be allowed to drive for the rest of the day.

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 and anaesthetics. These exclusions include:

  • Addictions to drug and alcohol 
  • Pregnancy
  • 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 sleep dentistry. 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. Your treatment will range anywhere from 30 minutes to 120 minutes, in addition to the recovery period required after the treatment. Even for long procedures, general anaesthetics are considered very safe. Our external consultant anaesthetist monitors your airway throughout the entire procedure, to ensure it’s safe and secured.

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 external consultant anaesthetist is a qualified medical practitioner, and comes to our Mornington clinic on selected days to administer the IV sedation while your regular dentist performs the dental procedure.