Sedation Dentistry

Patients, mostly children, may have the natural fear of the dentist. Others may have had traumatic experiences in the past that made them reluctant to visit their dentists even for urgent dental treatments.

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of anesthesia prior to or during dental treatments to put patients into a relaxed, sleeplike state. This is often used for procedures that take an extensive amount of time and is best for people with dental anxiety or for children who cannot control their movement. Sedatives are pharmacologic agents that work by depressing the areas of the central nervous system that deal with conscious awareness. They are used to calm the nerves and to permit or induce sleep.