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Everything you need to know about Sleep Dentistry

Nervous about visiting the dentist?

Sleep dentistry is a form of sedation dentistry which is a great solution for anyone that experiences difficulties visiting the dentist. The patient is given medication that makes them sleep or feel sleepy to reduce pain and anxiety.

Sedation dentistry must be administered by an anaesthetist or dentist with specialist qualifications. Dentists with qualifications to perform sedation dentistry must be registered with the Dental Board of Anaesthesiology.

types of sleep dentistry

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Laughing Gas

Intravenous

Who uses sleep dentistry

People who suffer from fear and anxiety regarding dental procedures will benefit most from sleep dentistry. This can include people who have had a bad experience with a dentist or dental procedure in the past. People who have a significant fear of pain can also benefit. This includes people with a fear of needles or procedures in general, or people with a low pain threshold. Sleep dentistry is also a great solution for a patient that has trouble staying still for a prolonged period of time – especially if the procedure is expected to take a long time.

Some forms of sleep dentistry can be used for children but most are only available for adults. Whether or not a form of sleep dentistry is right for you will depend on your general overall health, age, and medications you take. All this needs to be discussed before an option can be given to you.

procedures performed during sleep dentistry

Procedures performed can be anything from getting a filling to complex surgical procedures, like extractions.

Multiple procedures can be performed in the one appointment for people needing more than one thing done. Sedation can make a long appointment more comfortable, instead of going through multiple appointments to complete the work.

The procedures performed during a sleep dentistry appointment really depends on your individual needs. There is no right or wrong reason to choose sedation for yourself. We highly recommend discussing your options with our friendly dentists, no matter what you’re having done or why you’re considering sleep dentistry.

If you would like more information or to discuss your options with our lovely staff, please don’t hesitate to contact us and book an appointment.

Everything you need to know about Sleep Dentistry