Sedation Dentistry


We are pleased to offer the option of comfortable, safe, and effective anxiolysis. Most patients will benefit from this additional option if any of the following apply:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist's office
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
  • A strong gag reflex
  • Claustrophobia

What is Anxiolysis?

Anxiolysis is a minimal form of sedation.  Anxiolysis is caused by a class of medications, the most common being benzodiazepines. We prescribe 0.25mg triazolam for anxiolysis. While the level of relaxation may vary slightly among patients, most are awake and able to answer questions and follow instructions.  Reactions and level of alertness are slowed down.  The medicine may remain effective for the remainder of the day.  For this reason, there are a few points to adhere to:  

  • An escort needs to bring you to the office and pick you up from the office (no Uber, Taxi, public transportation, etc)
  • You should not  go to work that day if you were treated with an anxiolytic earlier. 
  • you shouldn't drive, operate machinery, or engage in any activity requiring complete mental alertness for the remainder of the day.  

For more information about triazolam, please click here