Sleep Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry

At Healthy Smiles

Sleep, Dream, Smile has been the core mantra for complex dentistry for all our patients for the last 8 years at Healthy Smiles dental group. Imagine going to sleep, getting your teeth fixed and waking up to a brand new smile, within just a few hours and having no memory of it. Wouldn’t that be exciting?!

Any treatment such as teeth whitening, implants, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, even deep cleaning of your gums which most people avoid going to the dentist for can be done in a relaxed and caring environment with the help of sedation in some form or the other.

Gone are those days when you had to sweat at the dentist. We put you to sleep, you have good dreams and wake up to the new dazzling you.

Sleep dentistry is also no longer the privilege of the rich and famous. You can get yours done now and say goodbye to your dental fears.

As we have a regular list that we run on a weekly basis for sedation dentistry, we can fit you in sooner than later, and you will not have to wait months.

Our specialists, anaesthetists, and experienced cosmetic dentists, can now give you that new smile you have always dreamt of in just a matter of weeks.

So don’t stress, make a call and come in for a free no-obligation consultation today, we would love to see you!

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Our goal is to make sure you leave with a
smile on your face!

At our clinic you’ll always find friendly, professional staff that will go out of there way to ensure your visit to the dentist is a happy one!

 

Call us at 03 9877 2035 Book Online Appointment

Sleep Dentistry Blackburn

Our sedation/sleep dentistry services are ideal for patients who….

  • Fear going to the dentist and are experiencing complex problems
  • Dislike the dentist due to past bad experiences
  • Have had a recent bad experience at the dentist
  • Have difficulty achieving the desired effects of local anaesthetic even with multiple injections and /or have gag reflex
  • Have sensitive teeth during routine cleans
  • Want the majority dental work done in a short time.
  • Hate injections/needles, noises, smells, and taste associated with dental care
  • Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth

What form of Sleep dentistry is right for you?

Whatever concern or phobia that is holding you back from sorting out your dental problems; please do give us call to discuss your options. Better still come see us and we will not only lend a listening ear but an empathetic hand as well.

Since no single method is best for every patient, a thorough consultation at Healthy Smiles with Dr Ved Berani or one of our other experienced dentists will help relieve your nervousness. We at Healthy Smiles take Sleep dentistry very seriously and consider our patients' safety our top priority. We are here to make a true difference to the practice of dentistry and we will do what it takes to make our patients feel comfortable and at ease.

 

General Anaesthesia at Healthy Smiles

General anaesthesia is a sure way of getting your dental problems solved and not having to deal with the anxiety or stress of it. General anaesthesia can only be performed in hospital with appropriate equipment or in a day surgery centre with dental facilities.

Typically a registered anaesthetist administers the general anaesthesia and then the dentist can perform minor oral surgery such as tooth extraction and major oral surgery such as wisdom tooth removal under this procedure. 

All forms are filled out, all billing is done, and all patients are consulted and screened at our practice to avoid expensive costs at the hospitals.

Best for..

Patients with deep phobia and fear and who can not open their mouth at the dentist. As well as younger individuals who need wisdom teeth removed and older individuals who need major work but have limited time and want no memory of the procedure.

 

IV Sedation

 
IV Sedation Dentist Melbourne

Here at Healthy Smiles we engage a registered specialist anaesthetist who works in conjunction with your dentist to provide all levels of cosmetic and general dentistry. All our specialist anaesthetists are registered with Medicare and you are entitled to rebates if you hold a Medicare card. Your safety is our priority and hence the dentist works on your teeth and gums while the specialist anaesthetist ensures the procedure is going ahead smoothly at all times. This method of sleep dentistry is safe as it is controlled and produces a deeper level of anaesthesia providing a comfortable experience and minimal level of memory afterwards. The level of Sleep can be customised to each individual's needs. This helps the patient have minimal, memory of the procedure while at the same time the patient can breathe and follow simple commands and can be responsive when needed.

Prior to appointing patients for an IV sedation, a thorough medical interview is done by the dentist and the specialist anaesthetist to determine the patient's medical health for the procedure. If the dental Sleep needs to be done in a hospital the appropriate referral is provided internally to another dentist at Healthy Smiles who can complete the procedure under general anaesthetic in a hospital where all medical needs can be catered for.

The duration of the appointment can be as little as 30 minutes up to the maximum 2 hours. A lot of planning needs to be done prior to the procedure to make sure everything can be done as smoothly and efficiently as possible and to avoid multiple sessions and additional fees of the specialist anaesthetist.

For each dental Sleep method, it is common for local anaesthesia to be used in addition to the Sleep method utilised. This ensures the patient feels minimal discomfort afterwards. Appropriate take home medication is also provided to ensure quick healing so patients can be back on their feet as soon as possible.

Best for..

Moderate to mild phobic patients, those with anxiety issues and patients with severe gag reflex. When a patient needs major dental work in single long session.

 

Happy Gas

 
Sleep Dentistry – Nitrous Oxide

Happy gas or laughing gas as it is often called is actually a combination of happy gas and oxygen delivered through safe Porter System to achieve a mild form of analgesia and sedation.

A nose piece is normally used to deliver this sedative. Dr Ved Berani often uses this form of Sleep for children over 6 years of age and adults who have mild anxiety issues and can tolerate a mask over their nose. As this form of anaesthesia depends on the patient’s ability to breathe comfortably through the nose, any form of respiratory disorder can make this a difficult option for Sleep dentistry.

Best for..

Patients who dislike needles as it provides a bit of altered consciousness and reduces mild anti anxiety. It can be used safely for most patients except for ones with terminal disease or respiratory obstruction, severe cold or hay fever.

 

Anti Anxiety Medication/Sedation via Inhalation

 
Sedation Dentistry – Anti Anxiety Medication

Sedation via inhalation is often referred to as the "green stick" and is also used also by ambulance officers to provide immediate antianxiety and analgesic effect in case of emergencies and accidents. It is used in the dental setting for similar benefits. The drug used here is called 0.5% anti-anxiety medication and is delivered as inhalation through the specially designed green device.

It is quite safe to use, even in pregnancy and young adults alike, as it is a single use, one-off medication and is quickly eliminated from the body within a few minutes after use.

Best for..

Patients with mild anxiety benefit from use of sedation via inhalation as it is easy to use, non-threatening and patients are in control with the device in their hand and can moderate how much they need to use. It lasts for about 10 to 45 minutes and patients can drive home straight after. Minimal cost compared to the above-mentioned options.

 

Oral sedation

 
Oral Sedation

Oral Sleep is the most common form of antianxiety medication used for majority of patients. The choice of drug, dosage and timing is decided by one of our trained Sleep dentists who can also prescribe you the medication at the time of your consult appointment.

If taken 1 hour prior to appointment the oral Sleep pill will take effect almost immediately, helping to calm and relax you and keep you unaware as your Healthy Smiles dentist works on your mouth.

Most patients as stand-alone mechanism for anxiety control or in combination with happy gas, sedation via inhalation or IV sedation. Most dental procedures can be completed comfortably with this option. There is an amnesiac effect of these medications – which means that you probably won’t remember much about the procedure and will have a positive treatment experience. However, because it is an oral dosage of medication it is difficult to predict the level of Sleep you will feel. Many people will “sleep” through their procedure, while others may be reasonably aware of their surroundings yet relaxed enough to proceed.

Our goal is to make sure you leave with a
smile on your face!

At our clinic you’ll always find friendly, professional staff that will go out of there way to ensure your visit to the dentist is a happy one!

 

Call us at 03 9877 2035 Book Online Appointment

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150 Canterbury Road, Blackburn South, VIC 3130

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