Sedation dentistry (sometimes called "sleep dentistry") makes use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. The actual degree of sedation varies, from being merely relaxed to being nearly unconscious. In some cases general anesthesia may be used, in which case the patient is completely unconscious. The sedative may be inhaled, taken orally, or taken through an IV, depending on the type of sedation. A local anesthetic at the area of the dental procedure is also commonly needed.
Sedation can be beneficial for patients with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Fear and Anxiety.
- Low Pain Threshold
- Active Gag Reflex
- Extensive Treatment
It can also be beneficial for individuals with special needs, as well as young children. Anesthesia services can be beneficial for children who are experiencing significant anxiety with dental treatment.