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Sleep Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry Richmond

When dental anxiety and fear prevent you from taking care of your teeth, there are solutions that work. Sleep dentistry can help you make it through a dental appointment with no pain and less stress, so you can maintain your oral health without worry. Our team here at Elevate Dental Richmond Melbourne is ready with trained and certified providers of sleep dentistry tools that can help you undergo any dental procedure.

 

What is Sleep Dentistry?

 

Sleep dentistry is a service that allows you to relax with comfort during a dental treatment so the dentist can work quickly and efficiently. While some dentists may use general anesthesia to put a patient completely asleep, our main method is nitrous oxide as it is well tolerated by everyone, even children.

Sleep Dentistry Richmond

When dental anxiety and fear prevent you from taking care of your teeth, there are solutions that work. Sleep dentistry can help you make it through a dental appointment with no pain and less stress, so you can maintain your oral health without worry. Our team here at Elevate Dental Richmond Melbourne is ready with trained and certified providers of sleep dentistry tools that can help you undergo any dental procedure.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is a service that allows you to relax with comfort during a dental treatment so the dentist can work quickly and efficiently. While some dentists may use general anesthesia to put a patient completely asleep, our main method is nitrous oxide as it is well tolerated by everyone, even children.
Peter O

What a professional and friendly team at Elevate Dental Richmond. Dr Judith’s infectious smile is matched only by her highly competent dentistry.
Richmond is lucky to have such a caring practice! Thanks, guys.

Peter O

What is Nitrous Oxide?

 

Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas or happy gas. It is a colourless gas that you comfortably breathe in through a small tube while relaxing in the dental chair. Some patients say it smells like fresh air while some feel it has a pleasantly sweet odour. It is considered to be one of the safest methods of sedation, and the amount given is adjusted for each individual, so you get only what you need. And the best part is that you can go from an alert state to a very drowsy and relaxed state in minutes, and then come right out of it once your treatment is over.

While it may be considered a mild sedative, nitrous oxide works well to suppress brain signals that experience pain. Along with pain suppression, patients often enjoy a feeling of euphoria, which is why it has the nickname of laughing gas. These qualities make it a very effective method of sleep dentistry.

Importance of Dental Visits

 

The main reason we use sleep dentistry is to help patients relax. When patients are relaxed during a dental exam or treatment, it makes it easier for the dentist to work, which shortens the appointment time. And of course, it makes the appointment much less stressful for the patient, allowing them to maintain regular dental visits so future problems are avoided.

As with all dental problems, we at Elevate Dental feel that prevention is best for the patient. And the cornerstone of prevention is regular dental checkups so that small problems are identified and treated before they become big problems. But when left untreated, some dental problems like decay and infection can spread and lead to:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss and the need for implants or dentures
  • Root canal treatment
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cognitive decline

If your dental anxiety is preventing you from regular dental visits, we can help. Whether you require a calming medication or nitrous oxide, we will see to it that your treatment is safe and effective.

Importance of Dental Visits

The main reason we use sleep dentistry is to help patients relax. When patients are relaxed during a dental exam or treatment, it makes it easier for the dentist to work, which shortens the appointment time. And of course, it makes the appointment much less stressful for the patient, allowing them to maintain regular dental visits so future problems are avoided.

As with all dental problems, we at Elevate Dental feel that prevention is best for the patient. And the cornerstone of prevention is regular dental checkups so that small problems are identified and treated before they become big problems. But when left untreated, some dental problems like decay and infection can spread and lead to:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss and the need for implants or dentures
  • Root canal treatment
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cognitive decline

If your dental anxiety is preventing you from regular dental visits, we can help. Whether you require a calming medication or nitrous oxide, we will see to it that your treatment is safe and effective.

Benefits of Sleep Dentistry with Nitrous Oxide

 

We choose nitrous oxide for sleep dentistry for many reasons. Dentists have been using nitrous oxide to help patients relax for over 100 years. And while it is the lightest form of sedation, it is also very effective and provides an appropriate and safe level of relaxation for any patient. Here are some of the benefits of sleep dentistry with nitrous oxide:

Helps patients overcome the fear of the dentist
Nitrous oxide provides analgesia, or the inability to feel pain
Nitrous oxide is an effective sedative and will help you relax
It has an impressive safety record
Extremely effective for patients with dental anxiety and phobia
Dosage can be adjusted to the patient’s needs
Quick onset and quick recovery
No after effects and limited side effects for most patients

Who is a Candidate for Sleep Dentistry?

 

Anyone who experiences extreme fear of the dentist or dental anxiety can be helped with nitrous oxide as a mild method of sleep dentistry. It works for adults and can calm apprehensive children, which also helps dentists and eases anxious parents. The treatments that use sleep dentistry most often include:

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Root canal treatment
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Tooth extraction
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Wisdom tooth removal
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Jaw pain
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Infection of tooth or gums
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Periodontal treatment
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Highly sensitive gag reflex
While most patients don’t require it, nitrous oxide can even be used for a dental exam and cleaning. Since the effects are mild and the side effects are minimal with quick recovery time, some patients ask for this service for every dental visit. And we feel if it helps you follow through with regular visits as part of your oral and health care program, we are happy to help make sure it is administered safely and effectively.

Is Sleep Dentistry Safe?

 

Nitrous oxide is one of the safest forms of sleep dentistry. It is proven to be safe for adults and children and can be used as often as you visit the dentist. You can even drive home within minutes after your dental procedure as the effects quickly wear off. But there are some who should not use it, such as:

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People who have had eye surgery
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Pregnant women
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Anyone with nitrous oxide allergies
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Those who were addicted to nitrous oxide in the past
If you would like to use sleep dentistry, be sure to talk to our team here at Elevate Dental. A thorough examination and evaluation, along with your complete health history will help us to better serve you. And our specialists here are certified and trained to work with nitrous oxide, so your dentist can ensure it is a safe option for you.

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Want to Know More?

 

We understand patients may have dental anxiety and will provide the best in calming medicine and sleep dentistry so you can maintain your regular checkups and oral health with confidence. Call today on 1300 2 SMILE for a dental checkup and cleaning and talk to us, we are here to help.

Want to Know More?

We understand patients may have dental anxiety and will provide the best in calming medicine and sleep dentistry so you can maintain your regular checkups and oral health with confidence. Call today on 1300 2 SMILE for a dental checkup and cleaning and talk to us, we are here to help.
Tim B

They are great! Victor has been my dentist for the last five years while I have worked at Swinburne University, and I recommend him and his team highly.

Tim B

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