Dr. Engel typically uses an oral pill called; Triazolam (Halcion) as his choice for oral sedation. It is widely used for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Its rapid onset and short duration of action makes it an ideal anti-anxiety medication for dental patients.
Drug Class: Benzodiazepine, sedative-hypnotic
The most common side effects of benzodiazepine sleeping pills are related to the ability of the medications to make you sleepy, drowsiness, dizziness, light-headedness, and difficulty with coordination. Users must be cautious about engaging in hazardous activities requiring complete mental alertness, eg, operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle. Do not take alcohol while using triazolam. Benzodiazepine sleeping pills should not be used with other medications or substances that may cause drowsiness, without discussing their use with Dr. Engel.
How sleepy you are the day after you use halcion depends on your individual response and on how quickly it is eliminated from your body. The larger the dose, the more likely an individual will experience next day residual effects such as drowsiness. For this reason, we use the lowest effective dose for each individual patient.
The usual adult dose for oral sedation ranges from 0.125 mg to 0.5mg. Please discuss any questions or concerns you may have with Dr. Engel. He will also discuss other possible options with you.