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Sleep Dentistry


Dental Sedation –
Relax In The Dentist’s Chair

Sleep dentistry is for those undergoing lengthy treatment, or to enable anxious patients to relax in the dentist’s chair. Options for sleep dentistry in Oakleigh, VIC, include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous sedation.


Be Comfortable With Sleep Dentistry at Oakleigh Smiles

With sleep dentistry, Oakleigh patients can feel calmer, more relaxed, and less anxious about their dental procedure. With sedation dentistry (sometimes called twilight sleep or conscious sedation), patients remain conscious during sedation and can follow simple instructions from the dentist, but often have little recollection of the dental procedure afterwards.

If you want general anaesthesia, Oakleigh Smiles dentists have the expertise to administer this form of sedation, which places patients in a deep sleep. Whatever your preferred sedation method, you can have your dental care free of worry and anxiety with us.


What are the different types of sedation?

There are several levels of sedation, and apart from general anaesthesia (a deep level of sleep), patients remain awake and able to respond to the dentist. Most patients assume they have been asleep—even with milder sedation because they rarely remember anything about the procedure.

  • Minimal sedation is the mildest form of sleep dentistry. It is administered as oxygen and nitrous oxide (laughing or happy gas). Oakleigh Smiles dentists often use this form of sedation as it works quickly, relaxing patients and making them feel sleepy and euphoric. It wears off quickly, too – with no ill effects so that patients can drive themselves home afterwards.
  • Moderate sedation is what most people know by the term conscious sedation. It may be administered in the form of a tablet taken orally or as IV sedation through a tiny catheter in the back of the hand.
  • Deep sedation (general anaesthesia) places patients on the brink of unconsciousness and can be administered through a face mask or  IV sedation. Oakleigh Smiles dentists are committed to ensuring that patients are given the most appropriate type and level of sedation that works for them.
Is sleep dentistry safe in Victoria?
There is always a small risk with all medical and dental procedures, including sleep dentistry. Our Oakleigh South doctors are mindful of patient safety and will discuss the most appropriate options.
When should I have sleep dentistry?
Many patients find local anaesthesia sufficient for most dental procedures. However, if you have a dental phobia or marked anxiety, a low pain threshold, very sensitive teeth, a bad gag reflex, find it difficult to sit still in the dentist’s chair or require a lengthy, complex dental procedure, you may want to consider sleep dentistry. Oakleigh dentists are willing to accommodate your wishes—just let them know in advance.
Can you eat or drink before sleep dentistry?

It depends on the nature of your sedation. For happy gas, Oakleigh patients should note that while it should be fine to eat beforehand, it may cause nausea for some. If you do need to eat, make it a light meal.

For iv sedation, Oakleigh dentists recommend that patients eat nothing after midnight on the day before their procedure; the same applies if they have general anaesthesia. At Oakleigh Smiles, we will give patients full instructions about the do’s and don’ts of eating and drinking prior to receiving sleep dentistry.

Can I drive myself home afterwards?

It depends on what kind of dental sedation you have had. Laughing gas wears off quickly, and you may be able to drive yourself home. With other forms of sedation, including tablets, IV sedation and general anaesthetic, you will need someone to drive you as it takes some time for the drowsiness to wear off.

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Are you anxious about visiting the dentist?

Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the dental care you need. Ask about sleep dentistry at Oakleigh Smiles. Why not book a consultation today, and we can discuss our sleep dentistry services.

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