What is Oral Sedation Dentistry
What is Oral Sedation Dentistry? Oral Sedation Dentistry if the use of a medication taken by mouth to achieve comfortable sedation for a dental procedure. Patients with dental anxiety (fear of needles and sharp instruments), prior dental bad experiences, or simple fear of the dentist can take oral medication in order to reduce their anxieties. Oral Sedatives additionally help reduce memory or the sights and smells of the dental office to avoid recall of any past negative dental experiences. The Sedation Dentistry effect allows more dentistry to be completed in fewer appointments as well as allowing complex procedures to be performed in fewer visits. Some of the medications used include Valium, Halcion, Sonata, Ativan, Vistaril and Versed.
Oral Dental Sedation is not as predictable as IV Sedation Dentistry and can take multiple doses to achieve the right level of sedation. IV Sedation Dentistry can be administered and titrated to the desired Sedation Dentistry levels where the patient is comfortable quickly. The Sedative medications taken orally need to travel through the stomach and become absorbed into the patient’s blood stream. IV Dental Sedatives are delivered directly into the patients blood stream through the IV and the effects are practically instantaneous.
Oral Sedation Dentistry can be done by more dentists because it requires less training and the credentials necessary to perform Oral Sedation Dentistry relative to IV Sedation Dentistry are less.
Oral Sedation Dentistry costs less on the average due to the decreased costs to administer oral medications, decreased investment in time, money and training by the Sedation Dentist.
IV Sedation Dentistry is arguable safer than Oral Sedation Dentistry, because the doses of the sedative given to the patient are more controlled and take less time to deliver. In the event the patient is sedated too deeply, reversal agents can be administered through the IV directly into the patients blood stream to immediately reverse some or all the sedative effects.