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It’s normal to feel a bit nervous about having dental treatment. We can provide a range of sedation options including local anaesthetic, IV sedation and general anaesthetic for many treatments including dental implants and wisdom tooth removal.
Sleep dentistry (also known as ‘twilight sedation’) doesn’t always involve putting you to sleep. Depending on the type of sedation used, you may still be conscious and able to follow your dentist’s instructions while in a calm and relaxed state.
Speak to our team to understand how our sedation options work and what best suits your treatment needs.
Most dental implant and wisdom tooth removal procedures are delivered under a local anaesthetic in the dentist chair. It is an effective solution for numbing a localised area prior to treatment and preventing pain. Local anaesthetic can take 10 to 15 minutes to take affect and allows you to remain awake throughout treatment.
If you are receiving a local anaesthetic before treatment, you should be able to eat and drink as normal, however it is advised that you avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before and after treatment. Local anaesthetic can last for several hours after treatment but does not inhibit you from driving and will wear off on its own.
Oral sedation is usually administered in the form of a tablet that is taken an hour or so before your upcoming dental treatment. Prior to your dental treatment, we will assess your medical history to determine whether oral sedation may be suitable for you.
Sleep dentistry (also known as IV sedation or twilight sedation) is an effective sedative that allows patients to have treatment in a relaxed, semi-conscious state. While in this state, you are closely monitored and will have little, if any, recollection of your procedure. It may feel like you’ve taken a short nap. IV sedation can be a good addition to local anaesthetic for patients who require extensive or multiple treatments in a single appointment.
We provide IV sedation at both our East Victoria Park and Kelmscott based practices, and it is administered by our anaesthetist. As it can take up to 24 hours for the effects of the sedatives to completely wear off, you should not drive or operate machinery during this time.
For complex procedures involving dental implants, extensive bone grafting, gum lifts or wisdom tooth extractions, patients may opt for a general anaesthetic in hospital. Under general anaesthesia, you will remain unconscious for the entire duration of the procedure and only wake up after treatment has been completed. You should avoid driving or operating machinery for up to 48 hours after having general anaesthetic.
We offer general anaesthetic services at Southbank Day Surgery in South Perth, with the help of a qualified anaesthetist. Southbank Day Surgery is also a preferred provider with most major health insurers, helping to minimise your out of pocket costs.
Many of our patients have dental implants placed following a local anaesthetic. However, for complex procedures or anxious patients, they may opt for sleep dentistry (also known as IV sedation or twilight dentistry). We can perform any tooth extraction or implant placement at the clinic using either local sedation or IV sedation, or at Southbank Day Surgery in South Perth under general anaesthetic.
For patients with private health insurance hospital cover, the excess cost for the anaesthetist and hospital may be minimal. For patients without private health insurance, we have secured competitive rates for IV sedation with our anaesthetist, some of which may be covered by Medicare.
Sleep dentistry (IV sedation)involves using a mild sedative via injection to help relax a patient during their procedure. Sedation may be requested to help relieve anxiety and dental phobia or to help with any medical conditions that may prevent someone from receiving dental treatment. During treatment, you remain in a semi-conscious, sleep-like state where you are closely monitored throughout.
The cost of sedation dentistry services in Perth can vary depending on the amount of dental care required, the length of sedation, the anaesthetist fee and also the type of sedation used.
Depending on your private health insurance hospital cover and the anaesthetist scheduled for your treatment, you could end up paying minimal excess for hospital and anaesthetist costs.
For patients without hospital cover, IV sedation at the practice is also an affordable option. For more information on sleep dentistry pricing at our Perth clinic, contact us today.
For patients who require extensive dental care or multiple treatments in a single appointment, sedation dentistry may be a suitable option.
Sleep dentistry may not be suitable if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma or other respiratory issues. Upon visiting our practice, we will comprehensively assess your medical history before recommending the most suitable sedation option for your treatment.