Drugs which can be used for sedation include:
- Valium (Diazepam) is the most widely recognized drug in the group. It has been around since the 1960s and is a well known and time-tested sedative with amnesic properties. Valium has a longer half-life than some of the other medications, so it is particularly useful for appointments where extensive dentistry is being performed.
- Halcion (Triazolam) is most well known for the treatment of insomnia. It is highly effective when used in oral sedation protocols, and if deemed appropriate by your dentist, can be used in conjunction with an antihistamine.
- Sonata (Zaleplon) is similar to Halcion in that it is also commonly used for the treatment of insomnia.
- Ativan (Lorazepam) is commonly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety. It possesses many of the desirable effects of other benzodiazepines with amnesic properties. It is an effective sedative for appointments that are longer than two hours.
- Vistaril (Hydroxyzine), while classified as an antihistamine, has also been shown to have anti-anxiety effects.
- Versed (Midazolam) has the shortest half-life of all of the benzodiazepines, lasting about an hour, and making it ideal for short appointments or simple procedures.
The main advantages of oral sedation versus other sedation methods are:
- Ease of administration (you only have to take a pill)
- No needles involved
- High patient acceptance
- Amnesic effect
- Lower cost vs intravenous sedation
At Dental Care of Elkhart, we want you to be comfortable during your dental procedures. Call us at 574-293-2003 to discuss oral sedation options.