Sleep Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry & Sedation 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, dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, even deep cleaning of your gums which most people avoid going to the sleep 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 sedation dentist. We put you to sleep and you wake up to a dazzling new smile.

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 experienced cosmetic dentists and anaesthetist, can help to 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 examination today, we would love to see you!

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Warning: “Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.” Results shown above may vary from individual to individual.

Warning: “Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.” Results shown above may vary from individual to individual.
 
 
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

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 sedation 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 sleep 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 Dentistry

To ensure that you are covered in all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry procedures using sedation, at Healthy Smiles we have a registered specialist anaesthetist who works together with the dentist responsible for your treatment. The anaesthetists we employ are also registered with Medicare, so if you have a Medicare card, you are entitled to the set rebates. Our anaesthetist ensures that your sedation dentistry treatment progresses smoothly while the dentist is working on your teeth. IV sedation is a safe procedure; it provides a deeper anaesthesia level in a controlled environment, ensuring that the experience is comfortable, and the patient has limited memory of it afterwards. It allows the patient to follow straightforward instructions and be responsive where required, while ensuring they do not remember much of the experience. This is because the sleep levels can be adjusted to every patient’s needs.

A comprehensive medical interview needs to be conducted prior to approving patients for an IV sedation dentistry procedure. This is conducted by the anaesthetist and the dentist so as to determine if the patient’s health is suitable for the procedure. If it is necessary to have the sleep dentistry procedure in a hospital, then the required referrals are offered internally to a Healthy Smiles dentist who is able to perform the procedure in the hospital through general anaesthetic while ensuring all the medical needs of the patient are accounted for.

An appointment’s duration can vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the circumstances and treatment elected for sleep dentistry. The procedure requires a fair bit of planning beforehand to ensure that everything can be performed smoothly and efficiently, while also making sure that additional fees and multiple sessions for the specialist anaesthetist can be avoided.

For every dental sleep method, local anaesthesia is frequently employed along with the dental sleep option being used. This leads to the patient having minimal discomfort following the sleep dentistry procedure. Furthermore, Healthy Smiles also provides suitable take home medication so that patients can heal quickly and be back on their feet in no time.

IV Sedation Dentistry
 
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

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 dentistry for children over 12 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 it.

 

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 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.

Anti Anxiety Sedation via Inhalation

Oral sedation

Oral Sedation 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 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 about their teeth
Sleep Dentistry
 
Warning: “Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.” Results shown above may vary from individual to individual.
 
 
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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