Sedation Dentistry

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.

Sleep Dentistry is the best solution for everyone

If you are the kind of person who finds visiting your dentist to be an experience that makes you feel all nervy and jittery then Sleep Dentistry is the best solution for you.

What do you do about that tooth pain?

The pain in your tooth is killing you and you have had to take over-the-counter drugs for it. The pain subsided as a result of the medication, but then it came back and this time it was even more intense than the previous time.
Again you take the pain killer and again the pain subsides but comes back after awhile. This keeps on happening for 2 to 3 days and you just can’t take it anymore, so what do you do?

Obviously you have to go to a dentist

But this is easier said than done as the very thought of going to the dentist and sitting in that “bad ‘ol dentist’s chair”, scares the hell out of you. You at once start to recall all kinds of imaginary horrors and sounds that you would see and hear when you are at the dentist’s place. And this scares you even more.
The truth is that you are not the only one in the world to have such feelings. Research studies have revealed that as many as 20% of the people who suffer from dental problems, are afraid of going to a dentist. So, if you are one of those people who hate going to a dentist as the very thought of visiting a dentist makes you scared, but you are having such bad teeth pain, that you just have to go to a dentist… what do you do?

Your answer lies in Sleep dentistry

This is the ideal solution for your needs of getting rid of that pain in your tooth, without having to worry about paying a visit to the dentist. This kind of dentistry is poles apart from general anesthesia.
In general anesthesia, the patient is unconscious. But the patient is in a drowsy state or semi-conscious, in the other form of dentistry. The sedatives that are administered in dentistry can be done by using the following techniques…

  • The method of inhalation
  • Given orally by means of liquids or pills
  • Intravenous (IV)
  • Oral hygiene and dental care is very important

    As a result of caring dentists and Sleep Dentistry, or Sedation Dentistry, dental treatment has now become a very comfortable experience for patients who have a phobia of dentists and the dentist’s chair. But it is also important to note that regular oral hygiene and dental care are also very important.