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Is IV Sedation or Oral Sedation Best for You?

Posted on 3/6/2023 by Evan
Is IV Sedation or Oral Sedation Best for You?Visiting the dentist does not have to be a frightening event. But dental anxiety is a real issue for many patients, and it hinders them from getting the treatment they deserve. Patients no longer need to be concerned about what to encounter throughout a dental appointment, due to the availability of oral and IV sedation.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation allows you to remain entirely calm throughout your dentist appointment by using a safe, effective, and commonly prescribed medicine. You will take the medicine as instructed before your appointment. You will begin to feel the benefits of oral sedation as soon as you come and sit in the dentist's chair.

Among the emotions, you will experience include being calm, comfortable, and stress-free. This enables the dentist to perform the necessary procedure properly without having to worry about you suffering or behaving in a way that hinders the process. Because the medication's effects take time to wear off, you will be required to be accompanied to and from your visit. You should be able to continue your normal routine the next day.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation, often known as IV sedation, is administered through an IV tube. This is a great option if you have mild to severe dental anxiety. It is also the most used type of sedation for individuals who need multiple procedures performed in a single appointment. Just as with oral sedation, you'll need someone to drive you to and from the dentist's clinic. Because IV sedation will likely relax you for a longer period, you may expect to go home and rest for the rest of the day.

Which One is Right for You?

While you may feel one type of anesthesia is better for you, your dentist might have something different in mind that is ideal. Certain aspects of oral and IV sedation should be addressed before continuing with sedation dentistry.

If you are finding it difficult to visit your dentist on a regular basis because of dental anxiety, oral sedation will be a lot more practical solution for you. When you choose oral sedation, it will require a while to "kick in," so be sure you allow for any additional time needed for the medication to take full effect. IV sedation is more effective than other types of sedation, so if you have severe dental anxiety or require complex dental care, this is the best alternative. You'll never have to be frightened of the dentist again with sedation dentistry. Whichever choice you pick, trust that your dental professional will make your safety and comfort their first concern.

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