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Sleep Dentistry Melbourne

We are making dentist visits anxiety-free in Melbourne.

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Sleep Dentistry Melbourne

We are making dentist visits anxiety-free in Melbourne.

People often experience anxiety before their dentist’s appointment. Even though everyone wants clean and white teeth, most people worry about their dentist’s visit.
A sleep dentist takes away this big problem and helps patients sleep through the entire course of the treatment. This way, the patient hardly feels any pain or experiences any anxiety as the dentists carry out their work.
Healthy Smiles offers sleep dentistry treatments to anyone who finds dental appointments to be stressful.
As a result, patients do not have to delay or postpone their dentist appointments. Prompt dental treatments save you time and money that you may end up spending later on if the problem worsens. It also improves overall oral health and builds confidence.
If you have been sitting on a dental problem for some time now, then don’t delay it any longer. Book a free, no-obligation consultation with us today. Find out about the problem and how our sleep dentists can help you treat it without letting anxiety get in the way.

What is sleep dentistry?

If you find dentist visits to be stressful and you delay your appointments because of dental anxiety, the sleep dentistry is the solution. This procedure allows you to enter into a sleep induced by general anesthesia during the dental treatment.
It helps you overcome problems of pain or discomfort that you may otherwise experience during the treatment. When you are under general anesthesia, your body enters into a sleep-like state. In this state of unconsciousness, you do not feel any pain.
When you are at a dentist, sleep could be the easiest way to calm your nerves and complete the procedure. This is the reason why more people are opting for sleep dental procedures.

How Much Does Sleep Dentistry Cost in Melbourne?

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How Much Does Sleep Dentistry Cost in Melbourne?

Sleep dentistry costs approximately $380 in the first hour with half hourly increments of $190 each hour excluding the facility fee. For procedures that last more than 3 hours we charge a facility fee maximum of $1200 and the total cost is capped at $6,000.
The cost of a dental treatment depends on the following factors:

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The choice of sedation

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The type of dental treatment

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The length of the treatment

Our sleep dentistry Melbourne clinic aims to provide all patients with complete and transparent information after they have the above information. You can request a free consultation to learn more about the dental procedures you may require and the costs.
In addition to our sleep dentists, all our specialist anesthetists are registered with Medicare. This means you will be entitled to rebates if you hold a Medicare card.

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Are Melbourne people actually opting for sleep dentistry?

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Are Melbourne people actually opting for sleep dentistry?

Sleep dentistry in Melbourne is commonly opted by patients because of the ease with which they can complete the treatment. Studies reveal the 8 out of 10 Australians find themselves in a state of anxiety when they are visiting a dentist. So we are not surprised at all to see more than 50% of the patients opt for sleep dentistry for complex dental procedures like endodontics and periodontal surgery.

Is sleep dentistry safe for you in Melbourne?

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A qualified anesthesiologist handles general anesthesia after carefully going through details of the patient’s medical history. We also ask you questions about your lifestyle and allergies to better understand your health before we proceed with your sleep dentistry procedure. It helps us analyze the method and sedation type we must use to safely carry out the treatment.
Anyone who receives general anesthesia experiences some temporary side effects like dizziness, nausea, and shivering. In some cases, there could be permanent effects. To eliminate this risk, we ask you questions to understand your health better before we give you any sedatives. We are your trusted and caring sleep dentistry experts in Melbourne. At our state of the art sleep facility, you are in the most caring hands. Talk to our team today.

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Who should choose sleep dentistry?

At healthy smiles, our sleep dentists work with the goal of serving patients with certain reservations about their dentist visit. Our sleep dentistry Melbourne clinic benefits the following people:

People with dental anxiety

People with dental anxiety

Does a trip to the dentist seem too difficult to plan because you fear the environment or the tools or the idea of being at the dentist’s clinic? Imagine visiting a dentist’s clinic, going to sleep, and waking up after the treatment is done. Sleep, Dream, Smile!

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Those who’ve had bad dental experiences

Those who’ve had bad dental experiences

If your past dental experience makes you fear your next one, then search for a ‘sleep dentist near me’. Our sleep dentistry in Melbourne helps you overcome past bad experiences by conducting dental procedures while you sleep.

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Patients who cannot bear pain

Patients who cannot bear pain

Some patients tend to have low tolerance for pain. As a result, even simple dental procedures may be painful for them. To ensure you can comfortably undergo the procedure, you have the options to choose our sleep dentist services.

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 People for whom local anesthesia doesn’t work

People for whom local anesthesia doesn’t work

A few of our patients explain that local anesthetics just don’t work for them. So procedures like tooth extraction become painful because the sedatives are not effective enough. Our in-house anesthesiologists can help you by using general anesthesia.

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Anyone with a small mouth

When you undergo long dental procedures, and you have to keep the mouth open for a long time, it can get tiring. It is even more difficult when you have a small mouth. By choosing our sleep dentistry Melbourne clinic, you will not have to worry about any of the discomfort or pain.

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Patients with anxiety disorders

Patients with anxiety disorders

We have a lot of patients who visit us to discuss sleep dentistry because they suffer from general anxiety problems. For them, the environment of a dentist’s clinic causes a lot of anxiety which may result in panic or hysteria. Our team of sleep dentist Melbourne has worked with many patients with anxiety disorders and ensured smooth dental procedures.

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What are the alternatives to sleep dentistry in Melbourne?

Our clinic works with patients to understand their source of anxiety to help them through the dental procedure in the best way possible. While sleep dentistry is used in many cases, other alternatives are also discussed with patients according to their comfort and ability to tolerate pain.
 Typical relaxation methods

Typical relaxation methods

Our team is trained to help patients relax before they begin any kind of dental procedure. Even before simple cleaning procedures, we help you feel comfortable. To do this, the doctor may suggest deep and slow breathing, which relaxes the body.
 Sedation via inhalation

Sedation via inhalation

This innovative method of delivering anesthesia allows us to transfer the sedatives in the form of a green stick which provides anti-anxiety medication and sedation. Patients report minimal discomfort with this procedure.

Inhaling happy gas

If you don’t want a dentist that puts you to sleep, you can use happy gas through a nose piece to calm your nerves. Once the procedure completes, you will find the effects of the gas go away very quickly.
 Local anesthesia

Local anesthesia

When you are preparing for a long or complex dental procedure, then the dentist may also suggest local anesthesia. This way you are awake during the procedure but part of your mouth would be numbed to carry out the treatment.

What the Survey Says About Sedation Dentistry?

The University of Adelaide conducted a study which found that high dental fear is experienced by almost one in every six Australian adults and approximately one in 10 Australian children. Deeper analysis of the report shows that among certain subgroups of the population, like middle-aged women, dental fear can be as high as one in every three women. As a result, around 5% of the Australian population suffers from dental phobia.
Factors affecting dental anxiety can vary based on age, gender, education and socio-economic status of an individual but eventually, this fear can affect anyone.
The preference for sedation is often higher when the extent of the dental procedure becomes more complex or major. A national survey was conducted to analyse the preference for need and demand for sedation or general anesthesia in dentistry and the results are as follows:

Periodontal surgery

Periodontal surgery

about 68.2% preferred to do it under sedation
Endodontics procedures

Endodontics procedures

about 54.7% preferred to do it under sedation
Tooth extraction

Tooth extraction

about 46.5% preferred to do it under sedation
Fillings or crowns

Fillings or crowns

about 18% preferred to do it under sedation
Teeth cleaning

Teeth cleaning

about 7.2% preferred to do it under sedation
A great number of patients prefer that their dental visits are free of anxiety and any surgeries conducted are painless. Our team of dentists and anesthetists in Melbourne understand this and work with every patient to identify the best course of painless treatment with the advanced set of technologies and techniques available at our dental clinic.

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 a 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 at Healthy Smiles

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 the 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

IV Sedation
Here at Healthy Smiles, we engage a registered specialist anaesthetist who works in conjunction with your dentist to provide all levels of general and cosmetic 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.
IV Sedation
Prior to appointing patients for an IV sedation dentistry, 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 a maximum of 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 a severe gag reflex. When a patient needs major dental work in a single long session.

Happy Gas

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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 the 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 a terminal disease or respiratory obstruction, severe cold or hay fever.

Anti Anxiety Medication or Sedation via Inhalation

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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 the 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.

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Oral sedation

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation

Oral Sedation is the most common form of antianxiety medication used for the 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 consultation 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.
For most patients, oral sedation can be used as a 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.

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 a terminal disease or respiratory obstruction, severe cold or hay fever.

Our Melbourne sleep dentistry or sedation dentistry services are ideal for patients who…

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Fear going to the dentist and are experiencing complex problems

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Dislike the dentist due to past bad experiences

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Have had a recent bad experience at the dentist

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Have difficulty achieving the desired effects of local anaesthetic even with multiple injections and /or have gag reflex

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Have sensitive teeth during routine cleans

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Want the majority of dental work done in a short time.

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Hate injections/needles, noises, smells, and taste associated with dental care

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Are afraid about their teeth

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long can a treatment take?
Simple treatments last less than an hour, but complex treatments can take up to 2 hours. We can provide you with a ballpark figure after understanding your dental requirements.
Can I choose sleep dentistry for children?
Yes. It can be easier for children to undergo dental treatments while they are sleeping. We will need the consent of parents or legal guardians before we proceed with such procedures.
Will I suffer from any side effects after my sleep dentistry appointment?
The side effects from general anesthesia are usually temporary in nature. You may experience nausea, dizziness, and confusion immediately after the procedure.
Is it okay to have repeated sleep dentistry appointments?
Our sleep dentists advise and use general anesthesia for patients with specific concerns about dentist visits. It is okay to have repeated treatments under sedation, but we avoid overuse.
What are other ways of handling dental anxiety?
Some of the other ways in which we handle dental anxiety are through meditation breathing and gas inhalation, which can calm your nerves.
I don’t have any anxiety problems. Can I still choose sleep dentistry?

If you have a low tolerance to pain or your body is resilient to local anesthesia, then you can still choose sleep dentistry.

Is it easier for dentists to carry out the treatment when the patient chooses sleep dentistry?
Dentists undergo training to work with patients who may have anxiety problems. While they are committed to help you with dental problems even without general anesthesia, a sleeping patient makes it relatively easier for dentists to complete their work faster.
How much does it cost to put you to sleep at the dentist in Melbourne?
Sleep dentistry in Melbourne can cost you anywhere between $600 and $800. This covers the facility fee and the cost of your dentist. If you will require additional dental products like dentures then the costs for those will be discussed by the dentist in the consultation session before you start with the procedure.