What Can Patients Expect From Sleep Dentistry?
Hi, Dr Kat here from My Dentist Alderley in Brisbane.
I just completed an All-On-4 procedure for our patient John from Grange. Because of his dental phobia, his teeth were neglected for many many years. As a result, they were in very bad condition and eventually got him into a lot of pain. What he really wanted was to be able to eat and smile with confidence again.
After taking the courage to have his consultation with us, we shared with him that All-on-4 would be his best option. But when he learnt that he could be asleep throughout the whole process, he decided to go ahead. When he woke up, and saw his new set of teeth, he started crying because it was so life-changing for him. He said to me, Kat, I wish I learnt about sleep dentistry earlier. I wouldn’t have left it so late.
This got me thinking, 33% of the Australian population has not visited a dentist due to dental anxiety and dental fear. Yet, if they understand and utilise sleep dentistry, they would be a lot healthier and happier, which is why I decided to make this video sharing with you what is Sleep Dentistry and what to expect, just in case you also experience dental fear.
While undergoing Sleep dentistry, you should expect that your mind will be in a very happy and relaxed state during the appointment. You can expect that your dental appointment will feel only seconds in length as a medical board certified Anaesthetist will be on hand to administer intravenous medication and will fully monitor you until you achieve full recovery.
So who would benefit most from this?
There are two types of patients that would benefit from sleep dentistry:
In addition to IV sedation that requires an Anaethetist, there are two other options for anxious patients. The first one are Oral sedatives that can be taken one or more hours before appointment, usually for mild cases of dental phobia and anxiety.
The second option is with Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as Happy Gas.
Nitrous oxide is usually delivered via a mask or nose cover. After about 20 minutes of Nitrous administration, you will feel a warm sense of calm, ease and comfort whilst being completely conscious and aware. At the end of the session we may also give oxygen to clear out any nitrous oxide and speed up your recovery time. After these appointments you can resume your daily activities as per normal.
As you can see, there are quite a few options available that we offer here at My Dentist that can help you alleviate your dental fear so you can maintain optimum dental health.
If you are ready to start looking after your oral health and are based in Brisbane, we would love to look after you. Simply complete the enquiry form on our website, give us a call, or direct message us on social media, and we will be in touch to organise your smile consultation.
See you in the next video!
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