Sleep dentistry (sedation dentistry) at our Melbourne clinic
Say goodbye to feeling scared about visiting the dentist! While it’s common to feel anxious about dental visits, the anxiety and stress disappear when you have sleep dentistry (sedation dentistry) at our Oakleigh dental clinic.
Our dentists and our specialist anaesthetist allow you to have the dental care you need while reducing or eliminating unease or stress. Our staff know how to help patients who may typically be too afraid to come to the dentist, so that they can receive the quality dental treatments they need in a calming and stress-free environment.
If you’re a patient who worries about going to the dentist, you can have an oral sedative tablet (pill) or intravenous (IV) sedation before your appointment. We then perform your treatment while you’re completely relaxed and stress-free. After it’s over, you’re moved to our recovery area where we monitor you until you’re ready to be taken home by your trusted friend or family member.
Sleep dentistry vs sedation dentistry
You may have heard of sedation dentistry – it’s another way to describe sleep dentistry. Sleep dentistry at our Melbourne clinic is your top choice if you are a patient who thinks about dental appointments and instantly becomes stressed or worried. The main purpose of sleep dentistry is to provide dental care in a calm and tension-free environment.
Different kinds of sleep dentistry
Patients from Oakleigh and surrounds receive our top-quality sleep dentistry options – all from the safety, security and ease of our conveniently-located clinic. When you choose one of our sleep dentistry solutions, there’s no need to go to hospital – you will feel as if you’re in a dream-like state during your treatment.
Oral sedation dentistry
About an hour before your dental appointment, you will receive a sedative tablet (pill). Within a short time, you will start to feel very relaxed – to the point where you may not even remember some or all of the treatment.
IV sedation dentistry
We have a specialist anaesthetist who comes to our Melbourne clinic to administer sedation for sleep dentistry treatments. Our anaesthetist administers a combination of sedative and pain-relieving medication directly into your bloodstream – this means immediate results for sedation and pain-free dentistry.
During the procedure, you will feel as if you’re in a dream-like state, and you will be connected to a monitor where our specialist anaesthetist will track your vital signs – breathing a, blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level.
When you have your sleep dentistry treatment at our clinic, you can be sure that your treatment is safe, comfortable and convenient. You don’t need to go to a hospital for your treatment, and as our anaesthetist is a qualified medical practitioner, Medicare will rebate part of the cost of your sedation.
Dentistry with nitrous oxide
Station Square Dental doesn’t use nitrous oxide for any of our dental treatments. Nitrous oxide is sometimes also known as ‘happy’ gas or ‘laughing gas’.
Sleep dentistry – the benefits
When you receive treatments performed under sleep dentistry, some or all of the following benefits should occur:
• Alleviating worry and anxiety, leaving you calm and centred after your appointment
• Completing all dental work in a reduced number of visits
• Lessening a gag reflex, which can make it hard for some patients to visit the dentist
• Preventing you from remembering smells, sights and sounds which are sometimes connected with dental anxiety
• Providing ease and comfort for patients who may live with certain medical conditions which can make it hard to stay still during a visit to the dentist.
What are the costs of sleep dentistry?
Depending on what type of sedation is used for your procedure, the cost for your sleep dentistry treatment performed under sedation changes from patient to patient. Our friendly office staff members, in conjunction with your dentist, will provide you with all information related to fees.
This means that before you book your procedure, you will have a good understanding of what you need to pay. If you have chosen IV sedation as your sleep dentistry choice, you will pay the anaesthetic fees separately, and part of this cost is covered by Medicare.