Sleep dentistry or sedation is the happy mean between general and local anesthesia. Since the patient is awake during this procedure, all the reflexes are retained, but he/she is maximally relaxed, calm and does not experience a sense of discomfort. An anesthesiologist determines the amount and dosage of certain sedatives that should be introduced.
This kind of anesthesia is mostly recommended for children and for those people who are afraid of being treated by a dentist, as well as for patients with neurotic disorders. Sedation is also recommended for patients with a low pain threshold.