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Interesting Ways Sedation Dentistry Has Evolved Since Ancient Times

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Never fear dental pain. Modern technologies and medications promise a relaxing and ouch-free experience, but this wasn’t always the case.

Let’s look at dental sedation from the earliest times through now – from the ancient man who sat in a cave favoring his throbbing tooth to the tranquil methods used by dentists today.

Earliest Recorded Sedation Dentistry

  • In ancient Babylon, the treatment for cavity pain was a mixture of the poison nightshade and mastic gum, a resin found on trees in the Mediterranean. The latter is still used today for oral care and digestive health.
  • More than sixty-five thousand years ago, Slovenians coated painful cavities with beeswax so the sufferer was able to eat.
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