IV and Oral Sedation: Key Differences You Should Know

If you need oral surgery, you are probably curious about the type of sedation you will be given for the procedure. While several types of sedation exist, IV and oral sedation are the two most frequently used during oral surgery. In this article, we will explain the key differences between these two sedation types so you can make an informed decision.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a popular choice for more minor oral surgeries. With this sedation type, your oral surgeon will give you a pill to take before your procedure that will help you relax and numb your pain. Oral sedation is also commonly called conscious sedation because you are awake for the entire procedure. Patients who are afraid of being “put under” often prefer oral sedation.

IV Sedation

During an IV sedation, your oral surgeon will administer an IV medication that will put you to sleep for your entire procedure. This is usually recommended for patients facing more complex oral surgery or patients who experience high levels of dental anxiety. Because IV sedation is stronger than oral sedation, your oral surgeon will need to assess your overall health and make sure you are a good candidate. You’ll also need someone to drive you home after your surgery.

What’s Best For Me?

The only way you can decide which sedation is best for you is to discuss your options with your oral surgeon. Call us at 281-667-0607 to schedule a consultation today.

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