At Perth Sleep Dentistry we offer a full range of sleep dentistry options, which include:
Laughing Gas (Happy Gas)
Laughing gas (or happy gas) is one of our first options, especially for kids, when exploring options for nervous or anxious patients.
It has no lasting side effects, it is safe to use on kids and as soon as it is no longer being administered it wears off immediately.
Laughing gas is delivered by a small mask that is fitted over your nose. You are completely conscious during the procedure, and able to respond to requests or directions. It does however make most people feel relaxed and calm during the dental procedure.
It is particularly effective on kids, and is popular due to the lower cost and short term effect of the gas.
Not everyone will find it effective, and we are happy to do a test with nitrous oxide at your consultation appointment to see if we get the desired result.
IV Sedation (Sleep Dentistry or Twilight Sedation)
Intravenous Sedation (IV Sedation), also referred to as “Sleep Dentistry”, is a method where a sedative drug is administered via an injection to put you in a sleep-like state.
This method is particularly effective for people with dental phobia or anxiety, or those who need extensive or invasive treatment and would prefer not to be “awake” throughout the procedure
The difference between IV Sedation and treatment under a general anaesthetic is that you are not actually “unconscious”, however you are in a highly relaxed, sleep-like state.
When you “wake up” from the procedure you will feel like no time has passed, you will have no memory of the procedure and will have felt no pain during the procedure, similar to treatment under a general anaesthetic
For more extensive or invasive treatment we offer treatment under a general anaesthetic in hospital.
There is little restriction on age when treating patients under a general anaesthetic, so we are able to treat kids or adults. We are also able to treat people with special needs, such as physical or intellectual disabilities, and can also admit certain bariatric (obese or morbidly obese) patients who may have been declined dental treatment due to their size (some weight and BMI limits do still apply)
We are able to offer GAP FREE hospital stay and anaesthetist costs for patients who have private health insurance with hospital cover. Some patients may still have an excess on their cover (usually between $250 to $500) so it is worth checking with your health fund. So in this case you will only need to pay a gap on the dental treatment itself, in the same way you would if you had the treatment done in the clinic
Our Frequently Asked Questions page will answer some of your burning questions about Perth Sleep Dentistry
Also you can visit our About Us section to find out more information on our Dental Surgeons and Anaesthetist
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