We’ve all heard the phrase ‘no pain, no gain’ and, while those words of wisdom may serve as inspiration for most things in life, King Street Dental believes pain has no place at an expert dentist’s clinic. Dental anxiety is a common complaint and can happen to anyone. Research shows that up to 36% of the global population suffers from dental anxiety and innovative modern dentistry goes to great lengths to find ways to help patients relax during dental procedures.
Should You Opt for Sedation Dentistry?
Delaying your regular dental check-up can often exacerbate otherwise mild issues such as toothache, bleeding gums and cavities. While these issues are easily tackled through expert dental care, if not treated in time the symptoms could be more painful than necessary and may require mild sedation to reduce pain. Sedation dentistry is the practice of using tried and tested pharmacological agents such as nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) to relax a patient, making it easier for a dentist to painlessly perform precise dental procedures.
So, who benefits from sedation dentistry? Sleep dentistry could be the perfect choice for those who experience:
- An extreme case of gag reflex
- Severe dental anxiety and fear
- Hyperactivity disorder or inability to sit still for long durations
How Does Sleep Dentistry Work?
The concept of sedating patients during dental procedures stretches far back in recorded history. It seems that dental anxiety has been around since pre-historic times. Luckily, modern dentistry has found a way to administer sedatives to patients of all age groups in a safe and effective way.
Patients who have experienced sleep dentistry report no pain and have no recollection of the procedure itself. This means that they go through a painless dental procedure with no memory of drills or other dental equipment poking around in their mouths.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can be used for a variety of dental procedures. For lengthy procedures, IV sedation can reduce the need for multiple sessions, as a dentist can get a lot more done in one sitting. Different levels of anaesthetic can be used for complex treatments, taking into account the specific requirements of the patient.
In most cases, mild sedation is more than enough, but an expert dental clinic like King Street Dental in Templestowe has lots of experience with general anaesthetic for patients who require it.
Nitrous oxide has an impeccable safety record, has been widely used by dentists worldwide, and comes in a variety of familiar flavours to make children even more comfortable during complex procedures.
Expert Sedation Dentistry in Victoria
At King Street Dental, our expert dentists ensure that anaesthesia is administered in a safe, appropriate way to people of all ages and anxiety levels. We take pride in performing complex dental procedures in a painless way. Contact our team today for answers to all your sleep dentistry questions, or book an appointment now!