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The Facts on Sedation

 
Chapter: What Medications Are Involved?

To reach a level of minimal sedation, a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (30-50 percent) may be used, possibly in combination with a minimal dose of an anti-anxiety (benzodiazepine) pill. In combination with nitrous gas, it is important that patients take only one type of drug under minimal sedation.

 

Moderately sedated patients also generally take benzodiazepines. The most common  benzodiazepines prescribed by dentists include Valium®, Halcion, Xanax,and Ativan. Patients who are deeply sedated may receive benzodiazepines combined with opioids.
 
Reviewed: January 2012