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Sleep Dentistry Allaying Fear and Anxiety

Sleep Dentistry Allaying Fear and Anxiety

The practice of sleep dentistry is a highly skilled area of dentistry which includes, IV sedation and general anaesthesia– for which we provide a Specialist Anaesthetist. We also provide Relative analgesia (happy gas) by our trained dental team. 

A heightened sense of dental fear (dentophobia) affects one in six Australian adults and about one in ten children¹. Starkly within subgroups of the population such as middle-aged women, the prevalence of dentophobia may be as high as one in three¹. At Studfield Dental Group we offer different levels of anaesthesia sedation to enable those who harbour dental anxiety to avail of treatments in a relaxed, secure environment. 

Although studies have shown that a patient’s characteristics may influence their dental anxiety such as age, gender, education and socio-economic status, dental anxiety can impact anyone irrespective of characteristics. How an individual discerns the dental environment can play a large role in their dental anxiety and avoidance, rather than a previous distressing experience in the dentist’s chair – which is a common misconception. 

A comprehensive dental examination is a necessary element of a proactive holistic approach to your health and wellbeing. Sedation dentistry eliminates sensitivity to the sounds and smells oft associated with visiting your dental practitioner, and ensures necessary dental treatments and cosmetic dentistry solutions can be carried out without fear and void of aversive thinking. 

Sleep Dentistry Options 

At Studfield Dental Group, we offer our patients (when deemed an appropriate candidate) the following sedation dentistry techniques: 

Intravenous (IV) Sedation: administered a mild dosage of general anaesthetic that induces a relaxed, yet sleep-like state, the patient is conscious and aware. This is usually suitable for patients undergoing minor extractions, fillings, and general dentistry treatments. 

General Anaesthetic: a form of sedation that will render the patient totally unconscious. It may be appropriate for patients who are embarking on more complex dental procedures or more prolonged dental procedures. 

Nitrous Oxide Sedation: a form of conscious inhalation sedation, nitrous oxide (otherwise known as laughing gas) induces a state of relaxation in the patient. A local anaesthetic may be administered in combination with, to eliminate pain. 

From minimising the movements of a patient to ensuring patient co-operation, the benefits of sedation dentistry provide an otherwise dental phobic patient, with a relaxed environment, devoid of fear and pain in which to undergo their dental procedures. Overarching benefits include: 

  • Relaxation 
  • Little or no memory of treatment 
  • Movement control 
  • Patient co-operation 
  • Control of the gag reflex 
  • Comprehensive dental procedures with no discomfort 
  • A sense of security 
  • Anxiety and stress-free 

Dentally fearful patients can now avail of sedation dentistry to ensure that their dental health and oral hygiene needs are met. Call our team at Studfield Dental Group to book a personal consultation today.  

Are you a Candidate for Sleep Dentistry? 

Book a custom appointment today to discuss your dental needs and sedation dentistry options. 

  ¹ www.adelaide.edu.au