Sedation dentistry uses medication to ensure patients remain relaxed during dental procedures, catering especially to those with anxiety, extensive treatment needs, or physical constraints. The methods range from inhaled sedation like nitrous oxide, suitable for children and wearing off quickly, to more profound relaxation techniques such as oral sedation and IV sedation.

In British Columbia, regulations set by the Canadian Dental Association and the British Columbia College of Oral Health Professionals ensure that only certified dentists with appropriate training can administer these methods. While sedation is typically safe, a dentist’s recommendation is crucial, taking into account individual health, treatment needs, and anxiety levels.