Anaesthesia for dentistry in children

  • Brian M Gardner University of the Witwatersrand
Keywords: anaesthesia, dentistry, children


Anaesthesia and dentistry have a long mutual history, and have developed in parallel over a similar time period. The first sedation for dental extraction took place on 11 December 1844 when the dentist Horace Wells had his wisdom tooth removed under nitrous oxide sedation.1,2 This was 2 years before William Morton performed the first ether general anaesthetic.2

Author Biography

Brian M Gardner, University of the Witwatersrand
MBChB, DA, FCA Department of Anaesthesia Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital University of the Witwatersrand
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