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Question: Why do dentists prescribe different sedatives for oral sedation procedures? My dentist prescribed Valium the night before and Triazolam the day of the procedure. Why two different sedatives?

 

Answer: Valium and Triazolam have different lengths of activity as well as time of onset. Likely the dentist prescribed the Valium the night before to help the patient sleep as well as promote some initial sedation that will linger due to its "half life" being much longer than Triazolam. Triazolam is short acting but works very quickly, therefore this is given the day of or 1 hour prior to procedure to help improve/deepen the level of sedation. The prescription of these sedatives is determined by: medical history, type of procedures involved as well as length, level of anxiety and others (e.g. gag reflex). Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about what sedatives are needed for oral sedation dentistry!

Question: Will I be unconscious for sedation dentistry?

 

 

Answer: No, being unconcious for sedation dentistry would imply general anesthesia. General anesthesia is not commonly used in dentistry for adults but more frequent in children in a hospital settings. Being unconscious implies not being able to maintain your airway. Most of the sedation dentistry techniques are designed to put the patient in very relaxed state yet the patient still has a patent airway. The patient can still breathe(ventilate), move their limbs, and respond to verbal command (i.e. yes or no answers). There are different levels of sedation that provide deeper relaxation as well as increasing the likelihood of amnesia following treatment. Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about how sedation dentistry can relax you!