Indications for Anesthesia
Several methods of anesthesia are available. The method of anesthesia that is chosen for or by a patient depends upon the nature of the surgical procedure and the patient’s level of apprehension.
- fear or anxiety associated with dental treatment;
- for patients who have cognitive impairment or motor dysfunction that prevents adequate dental treatment;
- patients below the age of reason; or
- treatment of traumatic or extensive dental procedures.
IV Sedation and general anesthesia are produced along a continuum, ranging from the relief of anxiety with little or no associated drowsiness (i.e. minimal sedation), up to and including a state of unconsciousness (i.e. general anesthesia).