Sedation dentistry is our specialty at Sanchez Dental. Sedation helps many people overcome their anxieties at the dentist’s office and makes it easier to sit through long treatment sessions. If you are considering sedation dentistry, it’s important to understand your available options so that you can make the best choice for your needs.
What is IV Sedation?
Sedation allows you to ignore the sights, sounds and sensations of dental procedures, alleviating anxiety. It also makes it easier to sit through a procedure and can be a very helpful strategy for people with sensitive gag reflexes or other difficulties receiving oral care.
Like oral conscious sedation, IV sedation allows a patient to relax without being fully unconscious. IV sedation is not anesthesia; you will be awake and can be woken if you drowse off. Unlike oral sedation, IV sedation is delivered intravenously.
IV Sedation vs Oral Sedation
Oral sedation requires you to take a sedative in pill form. The sedative takes a little while to come into effect, and most patients spend this time watching television or reading a magazine in our office. IV sedation delivers the same type of medication into your vein, allowing it to enter your bloodstream and activate much more quickly.
The primary benefits of IV sedation are its fast-acting properties and the dentist’s ability to adjust the level of sedation during the procedure. However, many patients dislike needles and find oral sedation much less invasive and more relaxing.
You can discuss your options with the dentists at Sanchez Dental to learn more and decide what type of sedation will be best for your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!