Ryde Dental Care
17 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde NSW 2114
Dr Chad Hazouri
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry – Benefits

WHY DO PEOPLE PUT OFF SEEING THE DENTIST?

Overseas studies suggest that up to 50% of adults delay or avoid seeing their dentist -often for many years ¬mainly due to anxiety, fear or anticipated discomfort. This can lead to advanced tooth and gum problems, reduced function, bad breath, poor cosmetic appearance and unnecessary suffering and pain.

It is established practice to give IV sedation routinely for uncomfortable or invasive medical procedures, such as endoscopy and colonoscopy, to make them comfortable and tolerable.

More recently both dentists and patients are recognising that uncomfortable or unpleasant dental procedures can be made more pleasant and enjoyable when done under sedation as well.

And although anxiety or fear are the main reasons people choose to have sedation, people can also benefit from Sleep Dentistry for a variety of other reasons.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SLEEP DENTISTRY?

Sleep Dentistry is beneficial for people who:

  • Hate needles and shots
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Hate the noises, smells, tastes and pain of dental treatment
  • Have had traumatic experiences with dentistry in the past
  • Have a strong or “hair-trigger” gag-reflex (gag easily)
  • Have very sensitive teeth or gums
  • Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth
  • Have jaw problems or difficulty keeping their mouth open
  • Have complex dental problems or need long sessions or surgery
  • Are busy and wish to have more work done in fewer sessions
  • Find dental treatments tedious, uncomfortable or boring
  • Are fearful and anxious about any aspect of dentistry
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