Twilight sleep anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment. A dentist anesthesiologist with special training will use various medications to provide a state of twilight sleep for the child receiving dental care.
This is indicated for children with extensive dental treatment needs who are unable to cooperate, fearful or anxious or for the the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. It can also be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or children having special health care needs.
Although there is some risk associated with twilight sleep anesthesia, it can be used safely and effectively when administered by an appropriately-trained individual in an appropriately-equipped facility. A physical evaluation is required prior to this appointment. Precautions are taken during these procedures; personnel who are trained to manage complications will monitor your child closely from the beginning of the appointment until you are allowed to go home.