Does the idea of sitting in the dentist’s chair stimulate feelings of anxiety? You’re not alone. Many people find a dental visit–whether a routine cleaning or advanced procedure–to be a nerve-wracking experience. In severe cases, many people may even avoid visiting their dentist altogether and risk their overall dental health. If you find yourself relating, sedation is an option Dr. Cajee is excited to offer to help make your experience with us even more comfortable.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedative medication to help you relax during your appointment.
Oral sedation–typically in the form of anxiety management pills– is prescribed for alleviating anxiety in the several hours prior to your dental appointment. An oral sedative taken the night before your appointment can help with falling and remaining asleep and keeping you relaxed through the following day. It’s important to keep in mind that patients who take an oral sedative should not drive the day of their appointment.
What sedative options are available to me?
The most common sedation options are those from the benzodiazepine family, two of which being diazepam and lorazepam, otherwise known as Valium and Ativan, respectively.
- Diazepam, or Valium, creates mild amnesia and sleepiness within around an hour of taking it. The average dose for an adult usually ranges from 5-10mg. Apart from other sedatives, diazepam is known for its effects lasting longer than needed; it has a half-life of anywhere from 20-100 hours after ingestion.
- Lorazepam, or Ativan, produces a heightened sense of sleepiness and amnesia than diazepam; an ideal solution for more severe cases. Typically, dosages for adults can range from 2-3mg and kicks in after about an hour after ingestion. Unlike diazepam, it has a shorter half-life, generally lasting between 12-14 hours.
Why choose us?
Mas’ood Cajee, DDS MPH and Nabeel Cajee DDS, MICOI practice general dentistry with a specialty in sedation dentistry and preventative life-long care for people of all ages. Combined, Drs. Cajee and our incredible staff possess over 100 years of experience, providing the highest quality comprehensive and compassionate care to our amazing patients. We’re so excited to help your smile shine brighter than ever! Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and discover how we can restore your smile better than ever.