Oral Sedation

For patients who want to feel more relaxed without having an IV needle placed in their arm, sedative pills are taken orally.  Oral sedation is used to relieve light to severe fear and anxiety in patients and can help you to achieve a very relaxed state during the root canal procedure.  The most commonly used oral sedative is Triazolam.  Not only does Triazolam have sedative effects, but it also provides some amnesic effects.  Most patients remember little or nothing about their appointment.  Oral sedation is a popular alternative to IV sedation.

Advantages of Oral Sedation:

  • Ease of administration.  Simply swallow a small pill.
  • More profound sedation than nitrous oxide.
  • Safe and simple monitoring during the root canal.
  • Works well for most patients.
  • Significantly less expensive than IV sedation.

Disadvantages of Oral Sedation:

  • Level of sedation is not easily changed.
  • Transportation is required to and from the dental office.
  • Although oral sedation works well for most people, some patients require IV sedation to achieve their desired results.

Is Sedation Dentistry For You?

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way of completing your root canal needs in a comfortable and pain-free environment.  Dentists have used sedation medications for many years to relieve fear and apprehensions associated with dental appointments, however, sedation dentistry isn’t only for patients who are nervous about dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry helps patients who:

  • Experience pain because of sensitive teeth
  • Have difficulty controlling their gag reflex
  • Do not respond well to numbing medications
  • Have difficulty controlling movements
  • Special needs