Sapphire Dentistry believes routine visits to your dentist is a very important step in your oral health however we are also aware that some of us have a genuine fear of the dentist. This “dental phobia” is not uncommon and prevents many people from visiting the dentist for routine care. If you are part of the 30% of the population that avoids the dentist due to fear, don’t worry as we can help with sedation dentistry. Don’t neglect your oral health because of this phobia, receive your recommended routine care and avoid serious health problems down the road as we can administer a sedative during your treatment, to calm the nerves.
At Sapphire Dentistry, we provide sedation for those who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. We will help to set you at ease by providing you with a sedative to help relieve your anxiety and provide you with a calm and relaxing sensation.
Receiving sedation during dental treatments is often referred to as sleep dentistry. This is a bit misleading however as the actual term for this procedure is oral sedation dentistry. The traditional methods of receiving sedation during the dental procedure are almost obsolete. Today, the most common method for administering the sedative is oral. In some cases, it may be necessary to administer it intravenously or through inhalation. Patients that have a low threshold for pain may be a good candidate for an alternative to the oral sedative. In either case, receiving any method of sedation in the dentist office is safe and effective. Keep in mind that you will still receive local anesthetics after your sedation.
The sedative provided to you does not make you go to sleep completely, this is for safety reasons to allow for your cooperation during the treatment. During your procedure, you will be conscious, and in a comfortable state. This benefits both you and us, as this allows us to work unimpeded while you feel at ease during your treatment.
The benefits of receiving sedation dentistry are many. For many people, the time goes by faster. Also, if you are a patient in need of complex dental procedures this can reduce the number of visits needed because you’re able to receive more of the treatment in one visit. Sedation dentistry also helps with people who are reluctant or have anxiety about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures allowing them to relax and have a more positive experience which in many cases improves the healing cycle as well.
The sedative provided to you while you are in the dentist chair is safe. When you leave our office, we recommend that you do not drive. We recommend before receiving your sedation, that you have someone to go with you for the trip home and it is advised that this person should also stay with you for at least an extra 2 to 4 hours after your surgery is complete.
So if you have been putting off getting the dental care you need due to anxiety or phobia, you no longer need to worry as the friendly and caring team at Sapphire Dentistry can help you to maintain your smile and dental health with minimal stress. Call us today on 03 9842 2677 or book on our website and let us take care of you.