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Intravenous (IV) Sedation and Oral Sedation

SEDATIONFor patients who are nervous about undergoing dental treatment, our intravenous (IV) sedation provide soothing and comfortable relaxation throughout your treatment.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take advantage of our safe and effective intravenous IV sedation during your dental treatment.

What is Intravenous (IV) Sedation?

Many patients get anxious about receiving dental treatment. Intravenous (IV) sedation and its anaesthetic qualities ease many patients’ concerns. Dr. McFadden can administer the sedative himself, while other dentists require an additional doctor. This perk helps DIC’s patients save more on most procedures.

What are the Benefits of Intravenous IV Sedation?

  • This method is considered to be the safest and most effective form of dental sedation.
  • You are conscious with all protective reflexes intact (breathing on your own, able to respond to commands, etc.), and don’t usually remember much of what happened after the IV is started short-term amnesia).
  • Your vital signs are monitored throughout your entire visit.
  • Ideal for anxious patients and patients undergoing long procedures.
  • It is superior to oral sedation in that our medical team has more control over the depth of sedation delivered.
  • Works faster than oral sedation.

How is Oral Sedation different than IV Sedation?

  • While not as effective, oral sedation is a means to a much more comfortable dental visit. By taking a prescribed series of pill(s) before the procedure you can arrive at your visit without anxiety. We will monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure. If additional sedation is needed, another pill can be administered.
  • The combination of oral and IV sedation has proven to be a very effective protocol for most patients with dental anxiety. We recommend it if you’ve had dental anxiety that prevents you from seeking dental care or if you simply want a better dental experience.

What are the Advantages of Oral Sedation?

  • Less Expensive.
  • You will be conscious with all protective reflexes intact (breathing on your own, able to respond to commands, etc.), and you won’t usually remember much of what happened after the IV is started (short-term amnesia).
  • Your vital signs will be monitored throughout your entire visit.
  • First dose is given the night before so you should sleep better.
  • You can arrive at your appointment partially sedated.
  • No needle necessary.

Will I Be Awake During My Procedure?

With IV sedation, your comfort level is easily adjusted as needed throughout the procedure. The most typical levels of sedation are:

  • Minimal sedation is where you are awake but relaxed throughout your treatment
  • Moderate, or conscious, sedation may cause you to slur your speech and you may not remember much about the procedure.

During your consultation, we will discuss these treatment options with you to help determine how to make you the most comfortable during your dental procedure.

What is the cost?

The cost varies greatly depending upon the region and doctor’s training. IV sedation fees can range from $450 up, depending on the amount of time the procedure takes. Oral Sedation less costly as it is only a monitoring fee, $50-300.

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