Sedation Dentistry / Sleep Dentistry
The term "Sleep Dentistry" is used to describe the treatment of dental conditions while under general anaesthesia or sedation. Most people consider the use of general anaesthesia something that only occurs in hospital settings for various surgeries. That's not the case.
In dentistry, general anaesthesia has been utilized for a very long time now for patients requiring wisdom teeth extractions, periodontal surgeries, and other more invasive procedures. Sedation can be used for any type of dental treatment, including traditional dental treatments and therapies that would normally require only local anaesthetic, especially if the patient experiences severe anxiety with respect to dental visits.
Anaesthesia and sedation are highly recommended for people who have very strong gag reflexes, require extensive dental work (as the work can often be done in one long appointment), and even children (especially if they are extremely fearful and have a great deal of treatment requirements).