The Ultimate Guide to Dental Sedation

Thinking about opting for dental sedation?

Dental anxiety is a very real experience for many people when they need to visit the dentist. Luckily, Dr Olstein and the experienced team at our clinic specialise in sedation dentistry. This is the perfect option for adults and children who wish to ease stress and anxiety during their dental visit.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a safe, comfortable and stress-free method of receiving dental treatments. Before your procedure takes place, a mild sedation will be used to calm your body and ensure that you’re relaxed.

This is usually induced through a gas commonly referred to as ‘laughing gas’ or via liquid medication. If you experience fears or anxieties around visiting the dentist or receiving dental procedures we highly recommend this process. After all, you don’t want your phobia or anxiety to get in the way of achieving your most beautiful smile!

Sleep Dentistry

Sleep dentistry is slightly different to sedation dentistry, in that it involves a deeper form of sedation. Dr Olstein was one of the first dentists in Victoria to utilise sedation dentistry in 2006 and has been doing so in a regular basis since. He’s Melbourne’s resident sleep dentistry expert.

Sleep dentistry is the most advanced form of dental sedation available, administered by a specialist anaesthetist using a combination of sedative and pain-relieving drugs to create a deep state of sedation throughout the entire duration of a dental procedure. It involves the use of medically administered and supervised IV sedation, which is often referred to as “conscious sedation” or “sedation dentistry”.

When patients wake up they have no memory or recollection of the noises, smells, needles or drilling and often experience minimal side effects. In fact, most of our patients wake up from dental sedation as if they have simply been in a deep and very satisfying sleep.

Dr Olstein’s Safety Protocol

We strive to provide our clients with the best care possible when they visit our clinic. That is why we use all the same safety equipment that you would expect at any major hospital offering the same services. You’ll also be supervised at all times by our anaesthetist, who is trained in anaesthesia and intensive care. This allows Dr Olstein to be completely focused on his dentistry.

We operate in the same way that any hospital would, as surgeons rely on an anaesthetist to administer anaesthesia so they can focus on their surgery. We believe it is no different in a dental environment.

We require you remain at the clinic for a short period of time after the procedure to ensure optimal safety. This is usually only about 20 to 30 minutes.

Types of Dental Sedation

Nitrous Oxide (or ‘Laughing Gas’)

Nitrous Oxide (more commonly referred to as ‘laughing gas’) is the most common form of sedation used by dentists for patients undergoing treatment in the dental office (rather than in theatre). Nitrous oxide doesn’t make you fall asleep, but it is quite effective when it comes to reducing any stress or anxiety you might be feeling about your dental procedure. Generally speaking, injections of local anaesthetic will be used in conjunction with nitrous oxide. When combined, these two pain relief techniques are highly effective.

Oral Dental Sedation

Oral sedation involves ingesting a liquid sedative. You will remain awake throughout your procedure if you opt for this type of sedation, but you will be very relaxed and therefore unlikely to be nervous, anxious or stressed.

General Anaesthetic or Intravenous Dental Sedation

If you opt for general anaesthetic, you will be asleep for the entire duration of your dental procedure. It is administered by injecting the necessary drugs directly into your vein. You may also be required to inhale a gaseous aesthetic. Recovery time is necessary for this procedure, and you may be required to stay in the office for some time before leaving the clinic. In Australia, this process requires someone to pick you up and supervise for the hours immediately after your procedure.

Training and Safety

Dr Olstein was one of the first dentists in Melbourne to offer sleep dentistry in 2006, and is still one of the leading experts in sleep dentistry. If you choose sleep dentistry for your next visit, you are in the care of one of the most capable dentists in the industry.

As a leading expert of sedation and sleep dentistry Dr Olstein the perfect person to perform your next procedure. If you get anxious about the dentist or feel scared about your procedure, dental sedation is the perfect option for you.