Sleep Dentistry / IV Sedation:

We understand that visiting the dentist and having treatment done can make you quite nervous, as a way to put you at ease we can offer you IV sedation, commonly referred to as “Sleep Dentistry”. We will arrange for an anaesthetist or dental sedationist to come to our clinic and you will be put to sleep in the dental chair, after your treatment you will wake up with no memory of your procedure. IV sedation is different to a general anaesthetic you would have in a hospital and the recovery time is quicker. This is an extremely pleasant and relaxing way to have dental treatment.

We offer IV sedation for a number of different reasons:

  • Wisdom teeth removal.
  • Implants.
  • Large amount of fillings in one appointment (a good option for children).
  • Soft tissue graft/bone graft.

Please note: fees for IV sedation are charged separately from the treatment we provide for you. You will need to pay the anaesthetist on the day of treatment. Medicare rebates are available for a portion of IV sedation charges.

Sleep dentistry

It’s all too common for people to become anxious at the thought of going to the dentist and the prospect of having to undergo a procedure can be too much. To combat this anxiety, a sleep dentist can offer an advanced form of sedation to patients. Sleep dentistry involves the use of a combination of drugs to make sure a patient is fully relaxed and pain free during a procedure.

In the first instance, it’s a good idea to talk through your fears with your dentist as you may be pleasantly surprised as to how straight forward a certain procedure is. However, if you’re still feeling anxious, you can consider sleep dentistry to get you through the process as quickly and painlessly as possible. Sleep dentistry isn’t only for patients with anxiety, it’s also commonly used for individuals with a fear of needles, people with a strong gag reflex, and in cases where multiple or lengthy procedures are necessary.

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Conscious sedation

Conscious sedation can be used for uncomplicated procedures and involves the administering of sedatives and aesthetic so you’re completely relaxed during your dental procedure. You’ll likely remain awake during the procedure, or if you do fall asleep you’ll respond to being woken up. You may have slurred speech or not be able to talk at all. This type of sedation means you’ll recover quickly as the effects of the drugs wear off soon after the procedure.  

A dentist can provide conscious sedation and you generally don’t need to have an anaesthetist present at the time. Following conscious sedation, it’s unlikely that you’ll remember much of the procedure and you may feel a little drowsy afterwards. You’ll be monitored closely throughout the procedure.

Intravenous sedation

Intravenous sedation means that your sedative is administered intravenously so it feels as though you’re asleep for the whole procedure. Although you’ll remain conscious and will be able to respond to commands, you won’t remember anything about the procedure itself. In fact, you’ll feel as though no time has passed once you wake up – a very pleasant way to experience a dental procedure. This option is different to general anaesthetic as you won’t be fully unconscious and the recovery time is relatively quick.

An anaesthetist or dental seditionist will need to conduct the IV sedation and the drugs are administered through a drip into a vein. There are some circumstances where intravenous sedation isn’t recommended such as during pregnancy, if you’re elderly, suffer from glaucoma, have lung or kidney problems, or have allergies to sedative drugs.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is exactly what it sounds like – sedative drugs are given orally to reduce anxiety and pain during a dental procedure. Oral sedation means that patients can go ahead with necessary dental treatment due to reduction of anxiety as the result of medication. Oral sedation is a good option for people who are anxious about dental procedures but are also afraid of needles which would make intravenous sedation inappropriate. Oral sedation is easily administered and is a popular option for many people who would otherwise find a visit to the dentist too much. The effect of the oral sedation depends on the person and type of drugs which are being used. Some people simply become drowsy while others fall asleep, although are easily roused.

The benefit of sleep dentistry is that it means people who would otherwise dread visits to the dentist are offered solutions to ensure they’re relaxed and pain free throughout the appointment. For people who suffer from anxiety or have had traumatic experiences previously, this option can be life changing. The use of sleep dentistry will depend on factors such as your medical history, current medications, age and health and your dentist will go through these with you when discussing the option of sedation.

At Carillon City Dental, we provide sedation dentistry for a number of different procedures. Contact our team today on (08) 9322 5340 to find out more about the techniques we can use and the cost involved.