Sedation and Anesthesia for the Adolescent Dental Patient

Dent Clin North Am. 2021 Oct;65(4):753-773. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2021.07.004.


This article focuses on sedation/anesthesia of adolescent patients in the dental setting. Preoperative evaluation, treatment planning, monitoring, and management are critical components to successful sedation. The authors discuss commonly administered agents and techniques to adolescents, including nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia. The levels and spectrum of sedation and anesthesia are reviewed. Common comorbidities are also presented as they relate to sedation of the adolescent dental patient.

Keywords: Adolescent dental patient; Anesthesia; Anxiolysis; Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; Obesity; Prescribing considerations; Rescue; Sedation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anesthesia, Dental*
  • Conscious Sedation*
  • Humans
  • Nitrous Oxide / adverse effects
  • Pain Management


  • Nitrous Oxide