If you are afraid of the dentist or really hate going to the dentist, we have something perfect for you: sleep dentistry. Technically, the only true form of sleep dentistry is general anaesthesia, where the patient is unconscious during the procedure. After the procedure is finished, the dentist can wait for the anaesthesia to wear off or inject the patient with a stimulant to wake them up. The patient sleeps all the way through the procedure and doesn’t remember any of it.
Why Sleep Dentistry is So Popular
There are many reasons for having a phobia or being afraid of the dentist. At 1300 GREAT SMILE, we are very sensitive and responsive to the needs of our patients. We leave no stone unturned in finding ways to provide you with a comfortable, friendly, professional, inviting environment.
Unfortunately, “old school” dentists weren’t always as nice as we are. They would often ignore or invalidate the complaints of those who felt too much pain during procedures. Some would even yell at children for being scared or being hurt. If you had one or more bad experiences with a dentist when you were young, you might not even remember it, but it could make you develop a phobia for dental work.
Sedation dentistry in which the patient doesn’t actually go to sleep is still called “sleep dentistry” by many. We don’t care what you call it as long as you know what’s going on and are satisfied with your experience.
In minimal sedation, you are relaxed but awake. This is usually provided by a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask placed on the nose. Minimal sedation can also be administered orally.
In moderate sedation, you are more deeply sedated. You may not remember much about the process and may slur words.
In deep sedation, you are on the edge of being unconscious, but can still be awakened by conventional means.
Call 1300 GREAT SMILE Today
At 1300 GREAT SMILE, we take all of the pain and anxiety out of dental care. To learn more or to make an appointment, call us today:(08) 9404 9500