Minimal Sedation is the lightest form of sedation dentistry, also known as ‘anxiolysis’ which comes from the Greek word for “anxiety relief”. Minimal sedation is suitable for patients with low levels of anxiety problems, and it generally provides adequate relaxation for light procedures or routine visits to the dentist.
Anxiolysis describes a minimally depressed level of consciousness, which can be achieved by administering an oral or inhaled sedative agent in order to eliminate patient’s anxiety. The patient is relaxed but remains fully awake and continues to respond normally to physical stimulation and verbal commands. Although cognitive function and coordination may be modestly impaired, ventilatory and cardiovascular functions are unaffected. The patient can independently and continuously maintain breathing and body reflexes are not affected.