For patients who have a real fear of the dentist, at Marriott & Hand we cater to anxious patients through the use of sleep and sedation dentistry.
Dental fear or anxiety is not uncommon and is a serious medical condition. It is something which affects thousands of Australians and can hold them back from receiving the dental work and treatment they need. We understand that many of our patients suffer from dental fear and anxiety. Some even avoid dental treatments altogether.
Avoiding dental check-ups or treatments cannot only be detrimental to your oral health, but your overall health could also be at risk.
At Marriott & Hand, we have made sure to cater to those that experience dental anxiety and offer sleep dentistry treatments.
What is sleep or sedation dentistry?
Sleep or sedation dentistry involves the mild or moderate use of anaesthesia to either induce sleep or reduce the pain during your dental treatment or oral surgery. In doing so, we aim to eliminate the fear and anxiety that many people experience when visiting the dentist.
Now you can undergo the dental treatment you need without worrying about the sights, smells and feeling of dental care.
Benefits of sleep and sedation dentistry
While the benefits of sleep dentistry may seem obvious to those who experience dental anxiety, there are some that are less obvious, but no less beneficial to your overall dental health.
Some of the biggest advantages of sleep or sedation dentistry include:
The comfort of the patient
Patients are able to receive the treatment and oral care they need in a relaxed state without any distress. Particularly for long or more invasive procedures, sleep dentistry can be a real benefit. During the procedure, the sights, sounds, and smells that can all be triggers for dental anxiety are next to non-existent.
Our highly qualified and trusted staff ensure that your treatment is undertaken in a professional environment while you are asleep or sedated. This is especially beneficial for treating patients with special needs. In the past, treating patients with special needs had been challenging, as many struggled with the hypersensitivity and extreme discomfort experienced. For both children and adults, sleep and sedation dentistry allows them to get the dental care they deserve.
Rather than needing multiple visits for different dental procedures or complex treatments, patients can often have several/all necessary dental treatments completed in one appointment.
Sleep and sedation dentistry options
There are many different types of sedation and sleep dentistry available depending on your level of anxiety and fear, as well as the kind of treatment you require. Some dentists use nitrous oxide, otherwise known as “happy gas”, which helps patients relax. While for more serious cases of dental phobia, twilight or IV sedation is also often used. This is also known as twilight sedation, as it’s milder than full anaesthetic, leaving people as if they’ve just taken a short nap after their treatment.
At Marriott & Hand, we provide options such as Penthrox, an inhalant which helps relax your nerves, as well as general anaesthetic so you can be completely sedated during treatment. By offering these sedation options, we have ensured that all our patients can receive the dental care they need and deserve.
You don’t have to be anxious or afraid of the dentist to use sedation dentistry. Some patients opt for sedation for other reasons such as wanting to get multiple treatments completed in just one appointment. This is great for patients who do not have a lot of time but need multiple treatments carried out.
How much does sleep dentistry cost?
The cost of sleep or sedation dentistry will vary depending on a range of different factors, such as the type of sedation required, as well as how long the treatment takes.
To get an accurate estimate of the total cost of your treatment, it’s best to get in touch with one of our friendly staff who will be able to determine your needs best.
Sedation dentistry Melbourne
Whether you suffer from fear of the dentist, are anxious about treatment, or just want to feel relaxed during treatment, talk to the friendly team at Marriott & Hand in Melbourne about how we can help you. Our team is here to help you get the best dental care available.
Our sleep dentists make sure to take a full assessment of your medical history and will discuss your previous dental visits to determine your suitability.
Contact us today to speak to one of our friendly and caring team at Marriot & Hand today and book your sedation dentistry appointment.