Sedation Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between oral sedation and IV sedation?

Oral sedation is a cocktail of medication which the patients take an hour before the appointment. This medication works very well to reduce anxiety. Nitrous oxide is also available during the appointment. Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is an effective way to decrease anxiety during a dental visit. It has no permanent side effects, it’s safe but should be avoided if you’re pregnant.

IV sedation is a medication given through the arm vein until sedation is achieved. It’s an effective way to deal with severe dental anxiety. You will need someone to escort you home after the appointment.