Sleep Dentistry Melbourne
We are making dentist visits anxiety-free in Melbourne.
Sleep Dentistry Melbourne
We are making dentist visits comfortable 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.
Sleep dentistry 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.
If you have been suffering from a dental problem for some time now, then don’t delay it any longer. Book a complimentary consultation with us today. Find out about the problem and how our sleep dentistry can help you treat it without letting anxiety get in the way.
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Before & After
Disclaimer: These are the results of actual patients. Individual results vary. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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?
How Much Does Sleep Dentistry Cost in Melbourne?
Our Sleep dentistry facility uses specialist anaesthetists that put you to SLEEP COMPLETELY (General Anesthesia)
As registered day surgery and outpatient facilities, our patients get maximum rebates from Medicare for the anaesthesia.
The Anaesthetist fee is $1,280/hr and is claimable on Medicare. Most patients receive between 30-80% back on Medicare, based on their safety net, and hence, it becomes extremely affordable to have dental treatment done under General anaesthesia.
For a complete understanding of costs and your options, feel free to ring us on 98772035 or come in for a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced dentists to understand all your options.
Are Melbourne people actually opting for sleep dentistry?
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 dental implants, root canal therapy, wisdom teeth and periodontal surgery.
Is sleep dentistry safe for you in Melbourne?
A qualified specialist anesthetist administers 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 provide the safest possible treatment in a controlled environment.
Anyone who receives general anesthesia experiences some temporary side effects like dizziness, nausea, and shivering. To eliminate the risk associated with a general anesthetic, a complete and thorough medical evaluation is conducted prior to each anesthetic procedure administered at Healthy Smiles. 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.
Who should choose sleep dentistry?
At Healthy Smiles, our dentists work with the goal of serving patients with certain reservations about their dentist visits. Our sleep dentistry Melbourne clinic helps people who face these or similar problems while coming for dental appointments:
People with dental anxiety
Does a visit to the dentist seem too difficult to plan because you fear the environment, the tools, or the idea of being at the dentist’s clinic? Imagine visiting a dentist’s clinic, sleeping, and waking up after the treatment. Sleep dentistry may help you.
Those who’ve had bad dental experiences
If your past dental experience makes you fear your next one and you have been searching for a ‘sleep dentist near me’ on search engines. Our facility for sleep dentistry in Melbourne helps you overcome past bad experiences by conducting dental procedures while you sleep.
People for whom local anesthesia doesn’t work
Anyone with a small mouth
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
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
This innovative method of delivering anesthesia allows us to provide short-term dental analgesia an anesthetic through a special delivery mechanism often called green whistle (penthrox). 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.
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 Dental fear and anxiety affects about 16% of adults and 10% of children in Australia. The prevalence of dental fear and anxiety varies by a number of possible patient characteristics including age, sex and socio-economic status. However, anyone could have this condition regardless of these characteristics.
The preference for sedation is often higher when the extent of the dental procedure becomes more complex or major. A national survey was conducted on Candian population to analyse the preference for need and demand for sedation or general anesthesia in dentistry and the results are as follows:
about 68.2% preferred to do it under sedation
about 54.7% preferred to do it under sedation
about 46.5% preferred to do it under sedation
Fillings or crowns
about 18% preferred to do it under sedation
about 7.2% preferred to do it under sedation
A great number of patients prefer that their dental visits should be free of anxiety and that any surgeries conducted are with minimal discomfort. Our team of dentists and anesthetists in Melbourne understand this and work with every patient to identify the best course of minimal discomfort treatment with the advanced set of technologies and techniques available at our Blackburn 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 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 specialist anaesthetist with AHPRA registration administers the general anaesthesia. Then, the dentist can perform minor oral surgery, such as tooth extraction, and major oral surgery, such as wisdom tooth removal, under this procedure.
Best for patients with deep phobia and fear and who can not open their mouth at the dentist. This is also an option for 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Happy gas, or laughing gas, as it is often called, is actually a combination of happy gas and oxygen delivered through a safe Porter System to achieve a mild form of analgesia and sedation.
A nosepiece is normally used to deliver this sedative. Our Dentists 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 analgesia. It can be used safely for most patients except those with terminal disease, respiratory obstruction, severe cold or hay fever.
Anti Anxiety Medication or 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.
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.
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 experienced general dentists, who can also prescribe you the medication at the time of your consultation appointment.
The medication will take effect in approximately an hour, 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. 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. Most people may be reasonably aware of their surroundings yet relaxed enough to proceed.
Best for patients who want to be relaxed and awake for general dental procedures in a short period of time.
Our Melbourne sleep dentistry or sedation 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 of dental work done in a short time.
Hate injections/needles, noises, smells, and taste associated with dental care
Are afraid about their teeth
Tight Skin Under the Tongue Explained
If you need surgery for tight skin under the tongue, you can use our sleep dentistry services to make it comfortable. A frenulum in the medical world refers to a small fold of mucous membrane (skin) that limits the movement of an organ or body part. When the thin strip of tissue running vertically from the floor of the mouth to the tongue’s under-surface is tight, it is known as a lingual frenulum.
In serious cases, frenectomy surgery is needed to cut the tissue under the tongue, along with frenuloplasty; a surgical alteration in a frenulum. This is performed in a hospital operating room and a surgical reconstruction procedure known as ‘z-plasty closure’ may be required in a bit to prevent scar tissue from forming.
If you believe you have a lingual frenulum, or are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above, it is recommended that you visit our Sleep Dentistry Facility in Blackburn for a comfortable dental assessment to evaluate your concerns.
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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 6 hours. We can provide you with a ballpark figure after understanding your dental requirements.
Can I choose sleep dentistry for children?
Will I suffer from any side effects after my sleep dentistry appointment?
Is it okay to have repeated sleep dentistry appointments?
What are other ways of handling dental anxiety?
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?
How much does it cost to put you to sleep at the dentist in Melbourne?
Sleep dentistry in Melbourne can cost anywhere between $1200 to $6000. This does not cover the cost of dental treatment.