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Sedation dentistry (Oral vs. IV Sedation), what’s the big difference?

If you have to go to the dentist, then perhaps the dentist may need to sedate you and that is why it may do you good to know about Sedation dentistry (Oral vs. IV Sedation).

So what’s the difference?

There is a huge difference between oral and IV sedation, but of course, you may not know of it. But first, let us take a look at the similarities between the two, so that the differences can be better understood.

  • Both of these can make the patient feel in a totally relaxed state. And the patient may also feel sleepy.
  • In both these kinds of sedation, the perception of the patient changes with respect to what the patient thinks about noisy drills being used, the use of injections that are painful, having to keep the mouth open for long periods of time, etc.
  • In both these types of sedation, a little bit of amnesia results, as a result of which the patient has very little to remember what has happened during the time of sedation.

Does that mean Sedation dentistry (Oral vs. IV Sedation) are just one and the same? Here’s the answer…

  • IV can be finished very quickly and as a result the patient does not have to be incapacitated all through the day, after the sedation has been done. On the other hand, Oral requires a much longer time.
  • IV sedation only takes around 3 to 10 minutes. On the other hand Oral sedation takes anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours.
  • When there is an emergency that has to be taken care of or if there is the need to reverse the sedation process, this can be much more easily done with IV, than with Oral.
  • When Oral sedation is done, every individual reacts differently and thus it becomes real tough to predict what can be done to make the patient feel at ease and have no discomfort. But with IV, these problems are not at all encountered.
  • Also, it is never ever possible to over-sedate a patient when using Oral and it is also very tough to reverse the process in Oral as in this process, the IV has not started.
  • Oral is definitely the most acceptable way to provide a patient with relaxation. But IV is much more efficient, it is much safer and it also does not have effects that last long.

These are the major differences between Sedation dentistry (Oral vs. IV Sedation) and this is why IV is the preferred method to sedate people.