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Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Thomas Waldrop


PURPOSE: To create a study designed to assess patient satisfaction and preference for oral versus intravenous sedation in conjunction with periodontal surgical procedures. METHODS: Twenty-six patients who required at least two periodontal surgery procedures and requested sedation for treatment, participated in our study at VCU Department of Periodontics. This was a randomized, cross-over design with groups which received an intravenous sedative regimen with or without oral sedation premedication for one surgery and oral sedation medication alone for the other surgery. The primary outcome measurement was the type of sedation preferred by the subject. RESULTS: 14/26 (53.8%) subjects indicated a preference for intravenous sedation, compared with 7/26 (26.9%) subjects who preferred oral sedation alone. 1/26 (3.8%) subject reported that they would prefer no sedation after experiencing both oral and oral/intravenous combination sedation methods. 4/26 (15.3%) of the subjects who completed the study reported “No Difference” with regards to their preference for either method of sedation. CONCLUSION: More subjects preferred intravenous sedation and would consent to the sedation again for any future needed surgery. This study supports the need to offer intravenous sedation with periodontal surgery


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VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2011

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Dentistry Commons