sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry, also referred as sleep dentistry, is mostly employed in paediatric dentistry. It uses certain agents which makes the patient drowsy and helps the pedodontist to work more efficiently and with ease.

Types of sedation techniques :

Oral Sedation

A medication is given to the patient before the procedure to mildly sedate them. The medication keeps the patient awake during the procedure, but calms them down and reduces their anxiety during the treatment, in turn making the patient more cooperative during the appointment duration. The dosage of the medication is decided depending on the age and weight of the patient.

Nitrous Oxide (Happy Gas)

Also called “happy gas”, it is one of the most common type of sedation given especially to kids. It is an extremely mild sedation technique, during which the patient is completely relaxed. The patient isaware of everything happening during the treatment. .It acts very quickly and the recovery from this sedation is also very fast. Nitrous oxide is very safe to be used in kids and is routinely employed in our set up especially, if the child is very apprehensive and anxious.

General Sedation

In some cases especially which requires extensive and multiple procedures in kids like multiple root canal, fillings, caps, conscious sedation might not be enough., In such instances, our pedodontist treats your children under general anaesthesia. For such procedures, a hospital setting is required. We, at Shams have an arrangement with top hospitals near our clinics, where procedures under general anaesthesia are performed.


Patients who have extreme anxiety, or phobia for dental procedures, have low pain threshold, severe gag reflex or multiple and extensive treatment procedures are required, can opt for treatment under sedation.

The cost depends on the type of sedation used during the procedure and the time required for the patient to be under sedation.

The amount of time required for the sedation to wear off, depends on

  • the type of sedation employed for the procedure,
  • for how long the patient was under sedation and
  • the age and weight of the patient.

Your dentist will explain in detail about the procedure and the amount of time to recover from sedation before the start of the treatment. All your inquiries and questions will be resolved to give you a completely anxiety free experience.

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