Nitrous & Sleep Dentistry
We understand that not everyone is completely comfortable with dental treatment and some people are particularly anxious or nervous. At Phoenix Road Dental Surgery, we routinely perform treatment under Nitrous oxide (happy gas) and IV sedation.
You may be familiar with these forms of sedation as they are used during many surgical or invasive procedures. These sedation forms help relax you and ensure that you won’t feel any pain during dental procedures.
Sleep or sedation dentistry is the use of sedatives to relax patients during dental procedures.
Nitrous Oxide is a form of sedation provided through a small mask sitting over your nose. Within a few short minutes, you will start to feel relaxed and comfortable. You are physically awake, and we can still communicate as normal throughout the whole procedure. It is one of the safest and commonly performed sedation methods in modern dentistry, and its effects disappear almost instantly when the dental procedure is completed. This means it is absolutely safe to drive home after having nitrous oxide for your dental treatment.
IV sedation is another form of sedation where your dentist will administer sedatives by injection. You will receive just enough to keep you drowsy and relaxed while your dental procedure is carried out. You will also be given general anaesthetic to numb your mouth for the duration of the dental treatment.
Sleep dentistry by intravenous sedation (IV sedation) is provided through a medical anaesthetist. The anaesthetist at our Spearwood dental practice will ensure that you are soundly asleep in the dental chair while we are busily working to improve your dental health. All you have to do is then wake up for your nap with your dental issues all fixed!
The cost of sedation dentistry can vary depending on your level of health insurance. In some cases, if you have hospital cover, there may even be no gap. We also accept all private health insurance cover. If you have any questions regarding payment options for sleep density services, get in touch with our friendly team, who will assist you.
While you are under general anaesthesia, you are monitored at all times to make sure your anaesthesia is at an appropriate level for you. All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk, so we encourage you to discuss this with your doctor or another appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Which patients can sedation dentistry be useful for?
Anyone who doesn’t have a specific health issue that precludes them from sedation sleep dentistry. Sleep dentistry can be useful for patients with the following issues:
- A fear of needles and dental tools
- A strong gag reflex
- Anxious feelings at the dentist
- Painful or sensitive teeth
- Complicated dental problems
Don’t let these become a reason to skip the dentist! We’ll make it as pain-free and simple as possible.
Sleep Dentistry at Phoenix Road Dental
At Phoenix Road Dental Surgery, we understand that going to the dentist can be anxiety-provoking for many patients. We’ll always go out of our way to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. If you’re nervous about an upcoming treatment, you can book a consultation with one of our dental specialists to talk through some sleep dentistry options.