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Sleep Dentistry

Sleep dentistry

If you’ve been avoiding going to the dentist because of fear and anxiety, you’re not alone. Thousands of people suffer from dental anxiety; at Blackburn Clinic Dental Centre we want to put you at ease with our Sedation Dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is a term that refers to the use of medication during treatment to put patients into a relaxed state, like sleep. Sedation is often used during procedures that require an extensive amount of time in the treatment chair such as Surgical Teeth Extractions, Wisdom teeth removal and Complex fillings. While sedation implies that patients are unconscious, this is usually not the case. Some forms of sedation dentistry simply alleviate anxiety or put patients in a sleep-like state, so that little is felt or remembered from the dental procedure.

Our certified and highly trained sedationist will ensure there is no pain and little memory of the procedure. You will remember arriving at the dentist but you will have little memory of treatment. Our nervous patients arrive at our practice and immediately feel relaxed about their treatment. As you sleep soundly during your dental procedure, you are completely unaware of the sights and sounds surrounding you. Fear, anxiety, and discomfort is removed and so is any possibility of having a panic attack.

We work with Dental Sedation Victoria and Dr Barry Creighton. Dental Sedation Victoria is a professional sleep dentistry service led by Dr Barry Creighton.

Patients can receive complete professional sleep dentistry care in their own familiar dental clinic, with the people they know and trust right there with them. Patients can avoid the need for a general anaesthetic. Patients experience drowsiness and may sleep lightly, though they can be easily awoken. Usually, patients have no recollection of their treatment afterwards.

Conscious sedation – sometimes called “Twilight Sedation” or “Sleep Dentistry” – deals with the management of anxiety through the use of intravenous conscious sedation. In Australia, an extra 24 months of postgraduate training after completion of a degree in dentistry is required in order to practice intravenous conscious sedation.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek an opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.