What is Halcion When Used for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry using Halcion is growing in many dental practices as a way to help anxious patients receive quality dental care. Some may be familiar with nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, but Halcion is another safe and effective way to reduce your dental anxiety.

Your safety and overall well-being is our priority, which is why we want to ensure you know as much as possible about your options for conscious sedation dentistry.

What is Triazolam?

Halcion is a type of benzodiazepine. Also known as Triazolam, it’s a sleeping pill that often causes amnesia and reduces anxiety. Unlike general anesthesia, Halcion is considered a type of conscious sedation. You’ll be awake during the procedure, but you won’t be aware and will have limited memory.

It’s been established that using sedation during dentistry can help manage patient anxiety, and that it’s both safe and effective. According to a study published by the National Institute of Health, Halcion is ideal for short to moderate-length procedures (2-4 hours), and is ideal for patients with moderate levels of anxiety.

Halcion can also be “stacked”, meaning that you may be given additional doses at the dentist’s discretion. This is typically due to differences in metabolizing the Halcion.

Why Do We Use Halcion in Sedation Dentistry?

Regular dental care is critical to overall health, but we realize that due to past experiences, some patients aren’t so eager to come in. Whether for their annual check up or for more pressing concerns, it can seem overwhelming.

It’s important to fix dental concerns before they become more significant, which means regular cleanings and preventative care. By using medication like Halcion, we’re able to provide safe and high-quality dental care while minimizing your anxiety and limiting your memory of the visit.

What Should I Know About Halcion Before My Appointment?

While Halcion is a safe and effective option for sedation dentistry, there are some things you need to know in order to make the best decision for you.

  • You will not be able to drive, so you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment and stay with you during your recovery.
  • You will take the Halcion about an hour before your appointment.
  • Depending on your procedure length and other factors, your dentist may give you an extra dose. (See above.)

Regular dental care is important, and we also realize you may not be eager to come see us. This is why we’ve chosen to offer sedation dentistry, specifically with Halcion. Using Halcion is an effective way to manage dental anxiety. And when used under doctor supervision, this is a safe and valuable addition to your dental care.

Are you interested in learning more about how we can give you a better experience with sedation dentistry? We would love to share more with you. Contact us here, or give us a call at 415-576-9800.