Many Australians experience anxiety, stress and even fear, when contemplating a visit to the dentist. In fact, according to a recent report by the Australian Dental Association, as much as 14.9 per cent of Australian adults can be classified as suffering from high dental anxiety. You’re definitely not alone in finding excuses to delay your dental visit.
But the truth remains: skipping or delaying your regular dental check-ups could lead to more than just a build of a plaque or a simple, small cavity.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to much more serious problems, from tooth loss right through to heart disease and strokes.
Luckily, there a number of advanced techniques, high-tech tools, and even pharmaceutical options that can help to ease both your anxiety and any discomfort that you may experience during your next dental visit.
Opt for Sleep Dentistry Services
Sleep dentistry is, by far and away, the most effective way to ensure that your next visit to the dentist is pain free. Best of all, it is a technique in which Dr George Olstein is extremely experienced; we are able to provide this service at any stage, right on-site at our Prahran dental clinic.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry involves the use of intravenous sedation, which is administered and monitored by a specialist anaesthetist. This advanced from of dental sedation utilises a very safe combination of sedatives and pain relief drugs to place you into a drowsy, almost dream-like state. This deeply calm, relaxed state enables you to lie comfortably throughout your entire gentle dental procedure.
When you wake, you will have no memory whatsoever of your treatment. Generally speaking, there are no unpleasant side effects. In fact, our patients often report feeling as though they have just awoken from a relaxing, deep sleep.
Here at Dr Olstein’s practice, we have all the safety equipment on-hand that you would expect to find in any major hospital. This ensures your absolute safety throughout the entire sleep dentistry procedure. In addition, our anaesthetist will closely monitor you at all times.
What are the Advantages of Sleep Dentistry?
The major advantage associated with undergoing a sleep dentistry procedure is that it does not require you to be an inpatient of a hospital. Your procedure will be performed right in Dr Olstein’s dental surgery in Prahran.
Once your procedure is complete, you’ll be ready to go home after a short recovery period of approximately 30-60 minutes. Dr Olstein will only discharge you into the care of another responsible adult, who is prepared to monitor you for at least 24 hours.
It is completely safe, particularly given that our experienced, specialist anaesthetist administers all sleep dentistry procedures. He specialises in gentle dental sedation and maintains a practice providing sedation to dental patients as well as patients undergoing complex surgery.
And, of course, sedation dentistry will ensure that your dental care is without pain or anxiety.
Other Ways to Ensure Pain Free Dental Treatment
Apart from sedation dentistry, there are a few other ways to ensure that your next visit to the dentist is without pain, anxiety or fear, including:
- Explain your fears to your dentist: if you are concerned about your trip to the dentist, then let Dr Olstein know straight away. With more than 30 years experience, Dr Olstein has helped literally thousands of patients, many of whom have suffered from dental phobias and anxiety. Together, we can devise a treatment plan together that allays your fears.
- Find a dentist that you trust: everyone deals with pain and fear in different ways. So, you need to find a dentist that you can trust, a dentist who can help you manage your pain and fear in the best way possible for you. Dr Olstein will always take the time to listen to your fears before he starts your treatment. His number one priority is to ensure your dental care is as painless and comfortable as possible.
- Capitalise on new technology: these days, there are plenty of options available when it comes to gentle dental treatment. Many new types of technology are much less invasive, such as the wand dental injection.
- Work with your dentist to plan your treatment: we’re always more than happy to tailor a gentle dental treatment plan specifically for your needs, designed to ensure pain free dentistry. We can discuss local anaesthetics, numbing gels and, of course, sleep dentistry.
If you’d like to make an appointment with Dr George Olstein to discuss using his sleep dentistry services, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our friendly team of sedation dentistry experts are always happy to answer any queries you might have.