Most dental cases can be done under local anesthesia alone or sometimes in conjunction with an oral sedative and nitrous oxide sedation. However, certain complex cases, anxious patients, and younger children may require a more controlled and deeper level of anesthesia. This degree of anesthesia can vary between moderate-deep sedation and general anesthesia. Deep sedation reduces consciousness, pain and anxiety while maintaining the patient’s ability to respond to commands. On the other hand, general anesthesia provides a temporary loss of consciousness which may be necessary in certain cases.
These cases are treated under the most safe conditions available in the operating rooms at the Children's Hospital of Michigan.