Sedation dentistry, also referred to as sleep dentistry, is the practice of administering some form of sedation to a patient before completing a dental treatment. The level of sedation can be moderated to fit the needs of the patient. This type of dentistry works well for a lot of people who are apprehensive about getting dental treatments or who have special needs. For many people, sedation is a necessary component of dental treatments. This need can derive from an intense fear of dentists or dental treatments, or it can derive from special medical conditions. Fortunately, sleep dentistry is fairly safe and very effective at keeping patients unaware of the discomfort and pain that is associated with some dental treatments.