Banish Anxiety with Gentle Sedation
The way oral conscious sedation works in our office is quite simple. We use old-fashioned diazepam, first marketed as Valium. This is a medicine of the benzodiazepine family that typically produces a calming effect. It is commonly used to treat a range of conditions, including anxiety. We prescribe a very low dose of Valium to take one hour before your appointment. We give you enough pills to take a very low dose the night before your dental visit, so you can sleep well and not be anxious at night awaiting your appointment. By the time you arrive for your appointment, you are much more relaxed. You are then shown to the dental chair. When you’re finished, a friend drives you home, and in an hour or so you are pretty much back to normal.