Sedation dentistry, often referred to as sleep dental, is an important service offered by specifically trained and experienced dental practitioners to create a stress free visit to the dentist.
During Sedation dentistry medication is used to put a patient in a relaxed state while the dentist performs the dental procedure. The sedative drugs help the patient to become free of stress and anxiety; reduces memory of the treatment and in the case of complex and invasive treatments such as implants, makes the dental appointment significantly less unpleasant. Sedation allows the dentist to concentrate on performing the dental treatment in the best possible way.
Some methods of Sedation Dentistry offered at Leederville Dental are:
The main benefits of sedation dentistry for the patient and the dentist include:
Dental anxiety and dental phobias often keep patients from seeking treatment they need. Sedation dentistry can transform dental visits into a relaxing experience, with patients experiencing relief from stress and fear.
After a lengthy treatment you will be less tired if you have been sedated. The muscle relaxing effects of dental sedation decreases jaw soreness and allows people who experience difficulty having their mouth open for long periods to be comfortable.
Unexpected movements of some patients make it almost impossible for a dentist to perform treatment unless that patient is sedated. With a very small number of conditions, conscious sedation may not be enough and a general anaesthetic will be required.
For the dentist another benefit of sedation dentistry is the increased patient co-operation. Patients with some mental health conditions and extremely anxious children may be so uncooperative that they are unable to receive required dental care without additional support.
Control of gag reflex
Reducing the gag reflex is an added benefit of sedation dentistry. Gagging, particularly anxiety-induced gagging, can be managed successfully with sedation. If you have a sensitive gag reflex and you feel the urge to vomit when your dentist is working in your mouth, sedation dentistry significantly reduces this feeling, allowing for a more comfortable experience.
Little or no memory of treatment
Amnesia, one of the side effects of dental conscious sedation, is considered to be a major benefit of sedation dentistry. After treatment under sedation you remember very little or nothing of the dental procedure. Patients feel as though procedures last minutes, even if the treatment actually took several hours. Highly invasive dental procedures, such as gum surgery or multiple extractions can be traumatic, especially for patients with acute dental anxiety, and particularly these patients will benefit from not having a full memory of the treatment.
Saving Time – Less Appointments
Sedation dentistry can help patients to tolerate longer appointments without feeling discomfort or becoming exhausted from keeping their mouth open. This allows the dentist to operate for longer and more efficiently. Complex or multiple procedures such as implant surgery and root canal therapy traditionally require several appointments. Under sedation dentistry these can often be completed more efficiently, even in a single dental visit. A huge benefit for patients with time constraints and tight schedules.
Better Treatment Quality
Many dentists say they can provide better treatment quality when the patient is under dental sedation. With a relaxed patient the dentist can concentrate on performing the technical side of the dental procedure with better accuracy. They can worry less about patient movements, gagging, or comfort levels, frequently dentists have to speed up their technical work because the patient tires, or slow down because they feel discomfort. Dental sedation can also help to reduce the post-operative muscle stiffness and healing time.
Better Dental Care and Experience
For a significant number of dental patients, sedation dentistry provides an opportunity to improve their oral health. Some patients suffering from dental phobia may never visit a dentist, while others might get inadequate treatment as a direct result of psychological, physical or social constraints placed upon the practitioner.