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Oral Sedation

Do you experience high levels of anxiety when visiting the dentist? You may be a candidate for Sedation Dentistry.
Drs. Minichetti, Hong, D'Amore, Akkaway, Stahl, Keegan, and Cara Minichetti are Board Certified to administer (oral conscious) sedation, commonly referred to as “Sleep Dentistry.”
"Dr. D'amore has been so wonderful. I went from needing IV sedation for a filling to being able to sit through a procedure with some oral sedative which is huge! Everyone in the practice is so kind and professional"
- Jill B. (2021)


Advantages to patients include:

  • Treatment is completed when you are in a more relaxed mood.
  • You will have less difficulty sitting through a lengthy procedure.
  • Multiple treatments and full mouth restorations can occur at during the same visit.
  • Less discomfort after treatment.

Anti-Anxiety Pills

The most commonly prescribed dental related drugs that treat anxiety belong to the “benzodiazepine” family. Drugs such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan. These drugs decrease anxiety by binding and toning down activity within “fear” receptors in the brain. There are two different types of Benzodiazepines:

  • Sedative-Hypnotics
    • Sedative-Hypnotics: These drugs induce calm, including drowsiness and even sleep. This sleep state is actually a form of hypnosis which is a form of physiological sleep.
  • Anti-Anxiety Drugs
    • Anti-Anxiety Drugs: These are drugs which relieve anxiety and induce a state of calm and relaxation.
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While benzodiazepines act as sedatives AND anti-anxiety drugs, some are highly targeted at areas within the brain which focus on sleep. Others act in a more specific way and target fear centers in the brain.   In most cases, higher doses act as sedatives and induce sleep, while in lower doses, they reduce anxiety without sedation.

Benzodiazepines are also Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants (i.e. there can be a decline in blood pressure and breathing). It is important to note that they shouldn’t be mixed with other CNS depressants such as alcohol. Its important that you utilize the dose your dentist or doctor recommends. It is possible to overdose, and overdoses could lower your breathing to dangerously low levels, which could result in coma or death.

Please note that you shouldn’t travel on your own after you’ve taken any of these drugs. Make sure you have an escort, even if you traveled by bus or foot! It’s easy to become disorientated.

  • When not to take Benzodiazepines:

    Some of these drugs can affect your liver and heart. It’s important to check with your practitioner and/or pharmacist.  You should be sure to inform your doctor or dentist if any of the following apply: known allergy to the drug, narrow-angle glaucoma, pregnancy, severe respiratory disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), impaired kidney or liver function, depression/bipolar disorder/psychoses, chronic bronchitis and some other conditions. It’s also important to let us know if you are taking other medications. There could be possible drug interactions.

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If you have questions about dental stress, or you’d like to learn more about oral Sedation, call us!

We’re always happy to assist our patients.
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"I've known Dr Minichetti for 33 years. I never had a minute of pain, never an infection, and never had to take pain medication for all of the dental work I had done. My whole family has been to Dr Minichetti's office! The ONLY dentist to use"
- Mary V. (2021)

Insurance Information

At Center for Implants and Aesthetics at Englewood Dental we make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this we work hand-in-hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures.
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