Do patients REALLY need sedation?
If recent data is accurate then about one in five do.
Here's an article from the ADA in 1998 indicating that close to 1 in 5 patients want sedation for general dentistry. If these numbers are indicative of things in the 2010's, that means there are a tremendous amount of patients who are either suffering through your dental appointments or they are avoiding dentistry all together.
Their conclusion were as follows: "these data suggest that fear of dentistry is still prevalent and that patients who are fearful would seek oral health care more regularly if general anesthesia or conscious sedation were more readily available.
Horace Wells figured this out in the 1880's.
The National Institute of Health reiterated it in the1970's.
How are we doing today? Hopefully better and better.