Oral vs. IV Sedation: Which One is Best for You?

As a cosmetic and sedation dentist, I constantly see patients that are nervous to have their dental work done. Here at Back Mountain Dental, we offer sedation options to soothe your anxiety and make your dental procedure much more comfortable.

I often have patients come in who have had work done by dentists that use “magic pill/twilight” sedation. I, Dr. James DeFinnis, treat patients with unique dental cases and severe dental phobias, so I am here to tell you that IV sedation is much safer than oral sedatives.

We don’t use oral sedatives at Back Mountain Dental because IV sedation is a true conscious sedation method, rather than a partial sedation drug. Don’t get me wrong, oral sedation is fine for certain patients and procedures, but I like to use safe and reversible IV medication that is administered and monitored right in my office.

To ensure your safety and the effectiveness of your IV medication, our nurse anesthetist (CRNA) will monitor your sedation while I perform your procedure. Depending on your level of dental phobia, we can discuss different levels of sedation and find the solution that fits your needs. Generally, IV sedation patients wake up with little, if any, memory of the procedure — and a beautiful smile.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact my office.

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