Sedation dentistry is also known as conscious sedation. This occurs when a patient is given sedatives to help them unwind prior to their dental procedure. The sedatives also reduce the patient’s stress level during the dental procedure. Sedatives have an impact on the central nervous system, slowing it down, so that the patient is not as aware of what is happening to them.
Sedation dentistry is particularly helpful for patients that are afraid of the dentist. Often, this includes young children. Because sedation dentistry is not familiar to many people, there are a lot of questions surrounding what it is and what happens during the procedure.