Being put to sleep is called general anaesthesia, or GA for short.
I sometimes combine nitrous with IV for proper needle phobics, for whom desensitisation doesn’t work. There are many procedures that can’t be really be done under GA and there is always the risk of death.
I always get a bit nervous before a GA clinic and I’ve been doing them for a long time now.” Click on the links to find out more about each of them.
None of these involve “being put to sleep”, even though advertisements for “sleep dentistry” sometimes refer to oral or IV sedation.
Some patients require sedation for almost any treatment, others prefer it for long duration of treatment or something that they find unpleasant.
As a rule of thumb, IV is for people who want to know nothing about the treatment and be as “out of it” as possible.
The disadvantage is that they need escorted home and watched for at least the next 6 hrs.
Nitrous Oxide is for people who are a bit nervous, it calms them down nicely and is a fairly effective painkiller.
If you feel that the right dentist and psychological techniques alone won’t do the trick for you, have a look at the available pharmacological options for coping with dental anxiety.
These are not recommended for use instead of, but solution for overcoming dental anxiety or phobia”, but in reality, many people don’t like the idea of sedation.
Scores on dental anxiety tests bear little or no correlation to the need for (or desirability of) sedation. Are there certain procedures which would be too painful otherwise?
” ❗ “I don’t recommend sedation for procedures, but for patients.