Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry, also called “sleep dentistry,” involves administering sedatives before dental procedures to reduce a patient’s level of anxiety. It includes a variety of techniques dentists employ to help calm patients or make them feel more comfortable.

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What is
Sedation Dentistry?

Dental procedures are often associated with pain, anxiety, and discomfort. As a result, a lot of people are afraid of going to the dentist. 
This is a pervasive fear and one that can be hard for patients to overcome, even if they know they need dental care. Avoiding necessary dental care can lead to poor oral health and a greater risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and even heart attacks!
The solution is sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry, also called “sleep dentistry,” involves administering sedatives before dental procedures to reduce a patient’s level of anxiety. It includes a variety of techniques dentists employ to help calm patients or make them feel more comfortable. Sedative drugs may be administered orally (oral sedation), intravenously (IV), or by inhalation (nitrous oxide gas). With dental sedation, you can get all your dental work done without any pain or discomfort.

Advantages of
Sedation Dentistry

One of the most beneficial elements of sedation dentistry is the alleviation of dental anxiety issues. It makes it easier for patients to go through dental procedures. It provides anxiety relief, one of the main reasons people avoid going to the dentist. Dental sedation allows nervous patients to seek treatment without worrying about their fears or anxieties. It may also benefit people who fear needles or have a sensitive gag reflex and a low pain threshold.
Furthermore, a patient under an effective sedative and anaesthetic will not be wriggling around in the dental chair while the dentist works. Because the dentist will not have to worry about your reaction to the treatment, they will be able to work more quickly and efficiently. This means they’ll be able to help you get out of the dentist chair and back on your feet faster.
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Why Choose
Ellen Stirling Dental
for Treatments that Require Sedation Dentistry in Ellenbrook, Western Australia

We understand that some people are afraid of going to the dentist. That’s why we offer safe sedation methods for our patients who need them. Sedation dentistry can make anxious patients feel more comfortable during their dental treatment. It can be done in a variety of ways, depending on your needs.
We want your dental experience to be comfortable and safe. Meet with us today so we can get to know one another. If necessary, we can arrange for any dental treatment to be performed under the supervision of an experienced sedation dentist, so you can be asleep while we perform any necessary dental work. If you have questions about sedation dentistry methods, please don’t hesitate to ask us!
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FAQ'S Sedation Dentistry or Sleep Dentistry

Intravenous sedation treatment is a type of sedation that involves the administration of sedative medication intravenously, or directly through your veins. It’s a type of conscious sedation that helps you relax during your procedure. This approach does not entirely put you to sleep, but it does make you less aware of your surroundings, including what the dentist is doing to your mouth. You should still be able to respond to verbal instructions, and you shouldn’t require assistance with breathing.

The IV sedation takes effect quickly, and you will feel minimal to no pain during the procedure. As a result, your dentist can perform multiple procedures in only one dental appointment because you can cooperate for a longer time. In addition, it causes a long period of amnesia, so you won’t remember everything that happened during the process when you wake up.

Almost every dental procedure can be made more comfortable with sedation dentistry. Dentists use it to reduce a patient’s level of anxiety and make you more comfortable during dental procedures. It can be used for both minor and major dental procedures, like tooth extractions, wisdom tooth removal, dental implants, and root canals.

Sedation dentistry and general anaesthesia differ in several distinct ways:

  • With sedation dentistry, you are mostly awake, while you are almost always entirely in a deep sleep with general anaesthesia.
  • If you have had sedation dentistry, you may remember some of the procedures. In contrast, you should have no memory of the procedure at all if you have general anaesthesia.
  • While sedation dentistry may not take effect immediately unless it’s administered via IV, general anaesthesia works a lot faster as the drugs are absorbed quickly into your bloodstream.
  • After sedation dentistry, you may be able to drive yourself home soon after the procedure, as you may regain control of your physical and mental faculties quickly. However, you will need someone to bring you home after general anaesthesia, as it may take hours for it to wear off.
The sedative will enter your system as soon as the dentist administers it, making you feel calm, relaxed, and a little lightheaded. You may also notice that your arms and legs have become heavier. Soon enough, you will be numb enough to feel no pain, and the dentist will be able to perform the dental procedure.
To have sedation dentistry, you may need to request it, especially for dental treatments like tooth fillings, because only local numbing agents are usually employed in these situations. For dental sedation, various procedures are utilized, each with its own purpose and strength. Before booking an appointment, we will thoroughly assess if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry treatment before booking an appointment. Based on several variables, we will recommend the one that is best suited to your needs.

According to the Australian Dental Association guidelines, only dentists who have been endorsed by the Dental Board of Australia may perform sedation techniques for dental procedures.

You may need to stay in the operating room for up to an hour. Recovery from sedation is pretty quick. You can usually drive once some types of sedation, such as nitrous oxide sedation, wear off. Some side effects of sedation, like drowsiness, headaches, nausea, and sluggishness, may last for the rest of the day.

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