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Mesa - Modern Dentistry East Valley, near S. Stapley Dr and E. Baseline Rd., (480) 359-3827

Both oral sedation and IV sedation are great options! These types of sedation can help if you’re afraid to visit the dentist, if you’d like to be less conscious (or unconscious) during your dental appointment, or if you have a physical disability that makes dental treatment difficult for you.

But which is better – oral sedation or IV sedation? Well, that depends on your situation, but here are some general guidelines.

Oral Sedation / Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is a far deeper form of sedation than laughing gas, but less than IV sedation. We administer IV sedation by giving you a pill that you take before we begin your dental treatment. Oral sedation is also referred to as conscious sedation, because you are conscious the entire time, able to speak and respond to questions. But, you’re less aware of your surroundings (sights, sounds, and smells won’t be as acute). Also, time passes quickly, and after your dental appointment, you’ll have little memory of what took place.

IV Sedation / General Anesthesia
IV sedation is the deepest form of sedation. For IV sedation, we administer the sedation through an IV that we attach to your arm. With IV sedation, you’ll be completely unconscious, which some people prefer.

It’s important to note that the effects of both oral sedation and IV sedation take some time to clear out of your body, so you’ll need to have someone drive you home after your dental appointment.

In addition to oral sedation and IV sedation, we also offer laughing gas. Our offices are pleased to be some of the few offices in the Mesa area to offer all three of these types of sedation for dentistry. That means you can choose which one is best for you – depending on your level of dental anxiety and the type of procedure that’s being performed.

Our dental office accepts most types of dental insurance.  Please call ahead to find out if you're covered under Aetna, Metlife, Cigna, Guardian, Delta Dental, Humana, United Healthcare, or United Concordia through our offices.

For further information about oral sedation and IV sedation, or to schedule a free consultation or appointment, please contact our sedation dental office near you.

Please Note: Our dental offices are located in Mesa, Arizona.