Oral Sedation Vs IV Sedation

February Special: Call (303) 323-8149 to schedule an appointment and ask us about our free sedation offer for new patients (some restrictions apply). 

Patients often ask us which form of sedation would be better: oral sedation or IV sedation. The answer is that it depends – on your level of fear and anxiety, on your personal medical and dental history, on the procedure we’ll be performing, and a number of other factors.

In a free dental consultation, we would be happy to talk to you about your sedation options, costs of those options, sedation dentistry side effects and we can make customized recommendations based on your needs.

In general terms, though, here’s a comparison of oral sedation and IV sedation.

Oral Sedation For Dentistry
Oral sedation, which is also known as “conscious sedation” and “sleep dentistry,” is enough for most people. With oral sedation, you take a pill prior to your dental appointment, and you “sleep” through it. You’re not completely knocked out – you’re aware of your surroundings and can answer questions. But time passes quickly. Sights, sounds, and smells are usually blocked out. And when the appointment is over, you’ll have little or no recollection of it.

Because oral sedation is a milder form than IV sedation, it carries less risks and usually has few or no side effects.

IV Sedation For Dentistry
IV sedation, which is also known as “general anesthesia” is the most deep form of sedation. Once you receive IV sedation, you’ll be unconscious. The sedation is administered through an IV that ‘s connected to your arm. We have an experienced nurse anesthetist handle the IV sedation, so that Dr. O’Leary and Dr. Peppler can focus exclusively on your dental treatment. Throughout the procedure, you’ll be wearing a heart monitor, and your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels are constantly monitored.

IV sedation is often the best (or perhaps only choice) if your dental phobia is intense, if the procedure is complex (such as wisdom teeth extraction), and/or if you have a physical disability that makes it hard to undergo treatment.

After awakening from IV sedation, some patients experience nausea and/or grogginess.

With both oral sedation and IV sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home after your dental appointment.

It’s important to note that we also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which is the most mild form of sedation. For some people, nitrous oxide is enough to take the edge off their dental anxiety and add a level of comfort to their dental appointment. There’s a reason it’s called “laughing gas,” because it often makes people feel giddy.

For more information about oral sedation versus IV sedation, or to schedule a free dental consultation appointment, please call our office at (303) 323-8149, or e-mail contact@sedationdentistdenverco.com.

Please note: Our dental office is on the southeast side of the Denver metro area, in Lone Tree. We’re just off C-470 and Quebec, which is near Highlands Ranch and Park Meadows Mall. We accept most types of dental insurance and are in network for: Delta Dental, Aetna, United Concordia, and Assurant.