Oral Conscious Sedation vs. Sleep Dentistry

Brunette woman about to receive dental sedation sits calmly in the dental chair at the dentist

If you’re undergoing a cosmetic or restorative treatment at Signature Smiles Family Dentistry, we’ll make sure that you’re as comfortable and pain-free as possible. In addition to our luxurious patient amenities, which include Netflix®, headphones, complimentary coffee and bottled water, cozy pillows and blankets, and office-wide WiFi, we also offer state-of-the-art sedation options so you can feel completely calm and relaxed throughout your visit with us.

We utilize the revolutionary DentalVibe®, nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the differences between oral conscious sedation and IV sedation.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is administered by a prescription pill shortly before your treatment. You will feel relaxed and a little drowsy but will be awake during your treatment. If in the event you do doze off, it’s relatively easy to wake you up. The effects of the medication might take a while to wear off, so we require you to have a trusted family member or friend bring you to your appointment and drive you home.

Sleep Dentistry

Sleep dentistry, or IV sedation, involves a medication delivered to your bloodstream via a vein in your arm. This form of anesthesia allows you to go into a deep sleep during the course of your treatment so you won’t feel or remember a thing. Throughout the procedure, our team will monitor your heart rate and breathing to ensure your safety. Additionally, you must not eat or drink anything for 8 hours beforehand. This is because your gag reflex is suppressed while sedated, so it is unsafe to have anything in your stomach that could be regurgitated during your procedure. Patients that opt for sleep dentistry will also need to arrange a ride to and from their appointment because it might take a few hours before you start feeling awake and alert again.

Relax with Our Comfortable Sedation!

Our team desires all of our patients to feel happy and comfortable during their visit. Sedation dentistry is the perfect option for someone who is nervous about being at the dentist or just wants a pain-free experience during certain procedures. So if dental anxiety or fear of pain has kept you from having the smile you deserve, we can help.

Do you want to learn more about our dental sedation options at Signature Smiles Dental?