Oral Sedation is provided to minimize anxiety and reduce restlessness during extensive dental procedures. It is safe, effective and its effect diminishes soon after the procedure has been completed. The medication used in our office for sedation is called Halcion (Triazolam 0.125mg), which is a short acting drug in the benzodiazepam class. This medication has mild sedative and muscle relaxing properties. Because this medication is mildly sedating, it effects judgment and response time, and will make you sleepy. Therefore, use of this medication in conjunction with dental treatment requires you to be escorted to and from your appointment.
Before and After Sedation
You should arrange a responsible escort and confirm with them well in advance of your appointment. Your escort must remain in the vicinity of the dental clinic for the duration of the appointment. Because the effect of this medication continues for an indeterminate period after treatment, driving or operating any heavy equipment is prohibited for a period of 12 hours after administration of this medication. Oral Sedatives should not be ingested if you are pregnant, or breast-feeding. They should not be taken if you have kidney or liver disease, if you are hypersensitive to benzodiazepines (Valium, Ativan, Versed, etc) or are taking any medication which adversely interacts or amplifies the effects of these medications (see medication reconciliation). It is not necessary to fast prior to dental treatment with Oral Conscious Sedation; in fact a light meal or nutritious shake is encouraged. After your procedure you will remain mildly sedated and should rest, preferably with a companion present, as you may be unsteady and could become disoriented.