For many people going to the dentist is at the top of the list of things they dread the most. This is most often the result of having had bad experiences in the past, but there are now ways for people to have dental treatment in a comfortable, painless and stress free way.
Sleep dentistry, or more correctly known as sedation dentistry, offers patients a way to receive dental treatment while under mild sedation.
Who is sleep dentistry suitable for?
Sleep dentistry is perfect for people who feel anxious about dental treatment, whether that’s due to a low tolerance for pain, dislike of the feeling of instruments and needles in their mouth, or have difficulty keeping their mouth open for extended periods of time.
It is also a good option for those who don’t have a lot of time, as with sedation dentistry, you can get multiple dental treatments done at once, making it a huge time saver.
Sedation is suitable for any dental treatment from regular fillings through to wisdom teeth removal. Your dentist will talk you through everything involved in your procedure in a consultation beforehand, and they can discuss the option of sleep dentistry with you.
Is sleep dentistry safe?
At Smile Solutions we only offer sedation dentistry to those patients who are medically well, which will be assessed prior to treatment. You are monitored the whole time you are under sedation, and are still able to answer questions if your dentist needs to communicate with you during the procedure.
Any serious side effects are very rare with sleep dentistry; at Smile Solutions we put safeguards in place to ensure this. While not typical, some people can experience some mild drowsiness for up to 24 hours after the procedure, and so as a precaution we recommend you have someone come with you while you undergo treatment, and then take you home afterwards.
Is sleep dentistry expensive?
Sleep dentistry is a much more affordable option than general anaesthetic, add to that the fact you don’t need to go to a hospital and many patients consider it the better option.
You can expect to pay around $600 per hour of sedation. The cost of sleep dentistry is separate to your dental treatment, though at Smile Solutions you will be treated by a specialist anaesthetist, so you will be eligible for a Medicare rebate for around a quarter of the cost.