Avoiding dental assessments is a thing of the past thanks to modern dentistry sleeping options for anxious patients
Over the past decade, countless Australians who tremble at the thought of visiting their local dentist have simply avoided it altogether. The pain, the bright lights, the sterile smell and the drill-like noises were enough to keep these nervous patients from returning for any future dental assessments.
But there is hope for all of them; little do they know that modern dentistry procedures have kept up with continuously evolving technology. In other words, new sleep dentistry options have been introduced to dental practices around the nation so dental procedures are kept free of pain and fear.
What is sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry (also referred to as sedation dentistry) are optional treatments for anxious patients when undergoing necessary dental procedures. They are designed so patients can receive treatment without knowing or feeling a thing. Three of the most popular types include:
Oral sedation – A combination of anti-anxiety and pain-relieving medication in tablet or liquid form
Inhalation sedation – Nitrous oxide, commonly known as ‘laughing gas’
Intravenous (IV) sedation – An anti-anxiety medication is injected into the bloodstream by an anaesthetist to induce a state of deep relaxation
Is sleep dentistry safe?
Sleep dentistry is a specialised, highly effective treatment that safely creates optimal comfort for patients. Intravenous sedation must be administered and supervised by a qualified and experienced anaesthetist or specially trained dentist. However, IV sedation is prohibited for patients who are pregnant, suffer from depression, are intoxicated or those who have a known allergy to benzodiazepines or similar sedative medications.
When should I consider choosing sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is a great alternative to completing your required dental assessment when you don’t want to be aware of the pain or what is happening during the procedure. Inhalation sedation is ideal if you are slightly nervous and would benefit from a pleasantly relaxed feeling.
Overall, sleep dentistry is recommended in cases where you would otherwise fear getting any treatment done at all. It will actually encourage you to visit your dentist for regular assessments. It can also benefit those who are short on time and want to get as much work completed as quickly as possible in the one visit.
Sleep dentistry is fast becoming an increasingly popular choice for dental patients due to its unsurpassed effectiveness. Thanks to technological advances, the procedures are only improving. So contact your local dentist and enquire about sleep dentistry options they may offer if it’s something that interests you.
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