Oral Sedation vs. IV Sedation: What Are the Differences?

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If you have extreme anxiety, certain physical limitations, or extensive treatment needs, your dentist may recommend oral or IV sedation to help you get through your dental procedure. From our accommodating office space to our modern equipment, Sanford Dental Excellence is committed to making your experience as comfortable as possible. Prepare for your dental procedure by educating yourself about the differences between oral and IV sedation:

Oral Sedation

Do you have high anxiety, back or neck problems, or simply the desire to have your dental work done while you are relaxed? If so, oral sedation may be perfect for you. This type of sedation is appropriate for patients who have difficulty becoming numb, those who require extensive treatment, and those who have been reluctant to complete treatment plans in the past. Oral sedation gives most patients a feeling of deep physical and psychological relaxation. During oral sedation, your dentist will give you an oral sedative to produce a very drowsy, sleepy state. You will be conscious throughout the procedure.

IV Sedation

While oral sedation is convenient, it is not right for everyone. Some patients react differently to standard doses, making it difficult to precisely predict the amount of medicine a patient needs to relax. IV sedation is true conscious sedation and is recommended for patients who require multiple procedures in the course of a single appointment or who suffer from extreme anxiety or dental phobias. Your dentist will administer a quick-acting sedative intravenously and will monitor your blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse, and respiratory rate. You will remain conscious throughout IV sedation.

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