Among the few methods of sedation which are used in dentistry such as the use of nitrous oxide or IV sedation, oral sedatives are a method which can help calm nervous patients hours before a procedure. Oral sedation is achieved by a patient taking an anti-anxiety medication of the benzodiazepine family before or at the time of an appointment.
Benzodiazepines are a safe option for those who require conscious sedation because of anxiety before and during procedures. It should be noted that oral sedatives may cause memory loss in some patients.
Common Medications Used for Oral Sedation:
- Lorazepam: an anti anxiety medication which is fast acting, and wears off within a few hours.
- Alprazolam: also known as Xanax, is a fast acting benzodiazepine which has short effects.
- Clonazepam: a good oral sedative for patients who suffer from anxiety before their appointment. Clonazepam generally relieves anxiety and sedates a patient for up to 24 hours.
It is important to find a friend or family member to drive you to and pick you up from your dental appointment because oral sedation impairs your ability to drive safely.
Talk to Dr. Huish about your options for sedatives and how you may benefit from oral sedation.