Sedation

ANXIOLYSIS — awake, but relaxed

Anxiolysis refers to the use of a mild oralsedative (usually Valium) to achieve "light sedation," or a heightened state of comfort and relaxation.

Benefits of Anxiolysis:

  • It's safe and easy
  • It's less expensive than IV sedation
  • You can breathe and speak on your own
  • It's effective for mild to moderate anxiety


"You can usually drive yourself home from the appointment. In many cases, you can get much of your dental work done in one visit."

Anxiolysis is best suited for cases of mild to moderate anxiety. While under light sedation you remain conscious and able to breathe on your own. Although you will not actually be unconscious, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation. You can expect to recover quickly and will be able to drive yourself home from your appointment.

Anxiolysis will put you at ease so you experience little to no discomfort; however, your doctor will also administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you don't experience any pain. At this point in the procedure you'll be so relaxed that you'll hardly even notice.

Two appointments are generally required for a procedure utilizing anxiolysis. During your first visit, your doctor will take a detailed health history. If you're comfortable, he will look in your mouth and take dental x-rays. Next you'll be given a prescription for a sedative medication.

On the day of your procedure, you'll take one dose of medication to ensure that you're in a tranquil state of mind. Our staff will monitor your comfort throughout your entire visit.

Don't let fear keep you from having a healthy, sparkling smile.