Question: Is Valium still used for oral sedation at the dental office?

Answer: While valium remains a medication used in oral sedation dentistry, its effectivess as well as the longevity it provides makes it not the best choice. Valium is typically part of a prescription regimen that is used but not used exclusively. Most dentists will prescribe valium the night before the dental appointment to help the patient sleep the night before; however, Triazolam (aka Halcion) is usually given the day of the dental appointment to help heighten the level of anxiolysis/sedation for the patient. Adding additional sedatives to the regimen also warrants that the dentist is monitoring specific vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, respirations and O2 saturation.

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