Oral sedation is prescribed for anxiety relief during dental procedures. The most commonly prescribed drugs for anxiety belong to the ‘benzodiazepine’ family. You’ve probably heard of them by their trade names: for example, Halcion, Valium or Ativan.
‘Benzos’ directly and efficiently decrease anxiety by binding with receptors in the brain, thus reducing activity in those parts of the brain responsible for fear, allowing you to have your dental work done comfortably. Oral sedation is a less invasive alternative to IV sedation.
Should you choose to have an oral sedative prescribed for you, you must have an adult drive you to and from the office and you must not drive or engage in potentially dangerous activities for 24 hours.