Know About Sleep Dentistry Melbourne
We are passionate about providing dental care that promotes long-term dental health, helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles for life. Patients who fear the dentist or have other issues such as long and complex procedures are entitled to the same goals.
Our staff at Coburg Dental Group understand that dental treatment can be overwhelming, easy to avoid and can cause high levels of anxiety for some patients. As a result of this anxiety, patients often delay dental treatment which is necessary to maintain dental health.
That is why we have been doing Sleep Dentistry in Melbourne since the 1960s, in our rooms and in day procedure centres. For many years we have been known as the Home of Sleep Dentistry Melbourne.
Patients can undergo sleep dentistry by either sleeping through their dental treatment whilst under general anaesthetic, or twilight sedation, light sedation or deep sedation in our rooms or a day procedure centre or private hospital. We will help you choose the most appropriate form of sleep dentistry for you.
Sleep Dentistry through general anaesthetic is administered and supervised by a medically qualified specialist anaesthetist and an anaesthetic nurse who also is present during the waking up period (known as recovery). We use the latest in specialised anaesthetic equipment, materials and therapeutic drugs for our patient safety. Patients are required to visit our rooms for an initial consultation (including a dental examination and if required, diagnostic x-rays). Arrangements are then made with the appropriate anaesthetist, and/or private hospital where their dental treatment will be provided. Most dental patients are admitted as day only patients and ordinarily discharged within 2 hours of their procedure.
General anaesthetic patients sleep through their entire dental procedure unaware of the sight, smell and sounds, easing fear, anxiety and discomfort.
As an alternative, sleep dentistry can also be carried out under sedation or general anaesthetic in our rooms. Sedation options include intravenous sedation which is administered by an anaesthetist or doctor with training in intravenous sedation, in the dental clinic and involves a combination of sedative and pain relieving medicaments to create a drowsy and dream-like state of deep, calming relaxation for the entire duration of the dental procedure. Other options include inhaling a sedative gas under the supervision of the dentist for a lighter sedation.
Patients receiving treatment under intravenous sedation experience a similar effect to general anaesthesia, without being asleep.
Children over the age of 2 years and adults can have most dental procedures performed via sleep dentistry including fillings, crowns, multiple extractions, removal of wisdom teeth and implant placements. A consultation with the anaesthetist is required to ensure patients are medically fit for sleep dentistry. Fee estimates for dental treatment using sleep dentistry are always provided at the time of consultation. Patients with private health insurance hospital cover should consult their insurer regarding any rebates for treatment provided under general anaesthetic in the hospital setting. Extras cover will cover some of the dental treatment and Medicare covers some of the specialist anaesthetist fees.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.