Conscious Oral Sedation Dentistry
Dr. Davis uses conscious oral sedation by prescribing Halcion (Triazolam) which is a sedative benzodiazepine medication to patients who request sedation for a variety of reasons most often related to anxiety with dental procedures. Halcion is not a premedication. Halcion is a medication that can induce amnesia (memory loss) for what's happening from the point it takes effect to the point it wears off. It primarily relieves anxiety and makes you feel calm and for some the calmness is so intense that it allows them to sleep through the procedure.
Halcion has a short half-life of 4 to 6 hours. It provides the needed sedation for dental treatment. It also has a relatively high safety result at the dosages used for dental treatment.
Dr. Davis will review your personal health history and medications with you before deciding on whether Halcion can be prescribed to you. Therefore it is important for you to provide a complete health history with all the medications that you take daily or which you take occasionally as needed or any over-the-counter medications including any holistic medications.
If Halcion is prescribed for you then there are some important things that you will need to keep in mind. Halcion may as it induces a calming effect include drowsiness and clumsiness therefore you will need to have a designated driver to and from the appointment. Dr. Davis also mandates that there be a designated party to supervise you for a period of 24 hours from the time the medication is taken. The medication is prescribed to be taken 1 hour prior to the dental procedure. Since the medication has a memory loss component there is a need for someone who can reorient you after it wears off to assure you that all is well. Same someone should be available to assist you with any home instructions that are involved and can make sure you do not harm yourself or anyone else, for example, going home and getting in a car while still drowsy and driving yourself somewhere or going up a flight of stairs at home while still drowsy.
Note prior to being prescribed Halcion you and your designated driver/24 hours designated party to supervise you will need to come in for a consult and consent session. All consultation, agreement to treatment plan and costs, consent forms, homegoing instructions, and homegoing medications will be reviewed. Dr. Davis will also review this medication with you and designated party/ies more thoroughly at this time. Any questions regarding treatment or homegoing instructions and/or medications any questions of any kind are to be addressed before Halcion is prescribed.
You will be received on the date of treatment from your designated driver. You will be taken into the operatory. You will be discharged to your designated driver after treatment. All Halcion patients are taken from the operatory by wheelchair to the designated driver's car.
Dr. Davis understands that some patients are uneasy to the point that they cannot proceed with dental treatment without the assistance of oral sedation. The feedback from the majority of patients who have needed/used Halcion as conscious oral sedation for dental treatment has been positive. Note while this medication does provide a calm, comfortable and carefree feeling for most patients there are a few patients that have a resistance to benzodiazepines. Unfortunately, there is no known method of identifying who is susceptible and who is resistant to benzodiazapines. If someone is afraid to lose control for example, you don't want this medication because your brain can fight the effects of the drug.
If you think that conscious oral sedation, Halcion, would be helpful to you in proceeding with needed dental treatment then contact this office at (954) 941-3003 for a consultation as to whether this is an option in your individual situation.
Dr. Davis' office is centrally located in Pompano Beach, FL and serves patients that travel from across the globe as well as locally from Fort Lauderdale, Lighthouse Point, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Parkland and Boca Raton.