Dental Sedation for Special Needs

Visiting a dentist can trigger anxiety in almost anyone. In the case of special needs patients, it’s a big challenge. They may be afraid of the unfamiliar place and equipment used for treatment. So, dental sedation will make the visit a lot easier for both adults and special needs patients. 

When Is Sedation Required for Special Needs Patients? 

Various special needs patients require sedation for different reasons. Many are afraid of dentists and make the treatment challenging. Some may be sensitive to pain due to localized numbing agents. Others may cause unbalanced and sudden voluntary movements during the procedure which can harm them. So, with the help of dental sedation, we can reduce the risk. 

Who Could Benefit From This?

Dental sedation is truly beneficial for anyone with behavioral, physical, or cognitive impairments or disabilities. Special needs patients who can benefit from sedation include those with:

  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy

Is Sedation Safe for Special Needs Patients?

Dental Sedation is proven to be safe for most patients as long as the dentists take the required precautions. When it comes to special needs patients, extra care is taken while sedating them. There would be some risk factors to be taken into consideration while providing sedation to special needs patients. These include:

Congenital Health Issues 

Patients with Down syndrome usually have congenital heart defects. If sedation levels are not properly controlled, it can cause cardiac arrest. 


Many of them take regular medications to improve their condition. When combined with sedation, it can cause a severe reaction that will affect their health. 

Seizure Triggers

Special needs patients, like those with epilepsy or autism, should be given proper care while sedating. It should not be a trigger for a seizure at some point. 

Who Would Need Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is needed for patients who may have problems with getting the dental treatment done. It’s also required for patients who need extensive dental procedures that include orthopedic surgery or other procedures that take much time. 

Patients who need dental sedation include those with:

  • Low pain threshold
  • Sensitive gag reflex and sensitive teeth
  • Dental anxiety or dental phobia
  • Special needs patients 

If you have any questions, the staff at Shepherd Dental is always happy to help. Please call us at (713) 864-3993 or visit us at  915-D N Shepherd Dr Ste. D, Houston, TX 77008 to discuss your dental needs.


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