3 Situations Where Sedation Dentistry Is Ideal

Posted on: 17 September 2017

While people can be kept awake for most dental procedures, there are some where being sedated is either necessary or advisable. This makes the procedure a much more positive experience for patients and dentists alike. It can speed up the time that a procedure takes and lead to much less scarring trips to the dentist. There are certain situations where sedation dentistry is ideal and this article will discuss 3 of these situations in more detail:

Cavities In Small Children

If a small child has one or more cavities in their mouth, it is recommended that they are sedated for the procedure. It is often very difficult for a child to hold still long enough for a dentist to work on their mouth, and it can also be quite traumatizing for them. Rather than run the risk of a terrible experience, it is better to have your child sedated and have the work done in a much more child-friendly manner. 

Wisdom Teeth Removal 

Another important procedure where dental sedation is recommended is wisdom teeth removal. During wisdom teeth removal, there is a lot of digging and cutting in the gums in order to get the wisdom teeth completely removed. This is even truer if one or more of the wisdom teeth are impacted. If you choose to be awake and numbed for this procedure, you will likely feel a great deal of pressure in your mouth as they pull and push in an effort to get the teeth out. This is disturbing for a lot of people, and they would rather just be put under sedation. When wisdom teeth removal is performed while the patient is sedated, they won't be conscious to feel anything and will be much more relaxed during the procedure. 


The process of getting veneers is one that is quite in depth, and it can take a lot of time and effort. Since it encompasses the majority of your mouth, if not your entire mouth, it is very important that you are kept comfortable during the procedure. This can be very hard to do if the patient is awake. It can also interfere with the procedure if the patient is uncomfortable and needs to have the dentist stop often. If the patient is sedated, they will be completely comfortable, the mouth will be totally numb, and the dentist can move through the procedure with minimal interruptions. The patient still gets the results that they want from their veneers, without remembering the actual procedure.