Sedation

Dr. Miller will do everything to insure that you have a comfortable experience in the office. He often prescribes the sedative Triazolam prior to treatment procedures and, like all medications, there are some caveats he would like you to be aware of.

Want to know a secret? Dentistry does not have to be painful—or scary.

It’s important to know that a visiting the dentist can be a positive experience, even when treatment is necessary. Millions of Americans, nearly 30%, are afraid of the dentist. They avoid dental care at all costs, even when they are in pain or discomfort. But it no longer has to be that way. Modern dentistry offers safe, effective, and comfortable treatments to anxious and fearful patients.

Dental fear is a hidden phobia, like many people, you may be embarrassed to admit your fears and even more afraid to confront them. Often times not even your loved ones are aware of your apprehension. Worse yet, you may have never known that sedation dentistry was an option. Not anymore!

Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Are you...

  • Delaying treatment you need and want?
  • Scared, even terrified, to pick up the phone to schedule?
  • In pain especially when you eat?
  • Someone who has trouble with gagging or getting numb?
  • Having trouble finding someone you can trust?
  • Looking to smile again with confidence?
  • Overwhelmed by thoughts of repeated visits to the dentist?

Sedation Dentistry may be your answer!

Which patients benefit the most from sedation?

  • People with high dental anxiety and fear of the dentist
  • Those with a severe gag reflex
  • Those with time constraints—who need to get more dentistry done in fewer visits
  • Patients with chronic or acute jaw soreness
  • Or physical limitations such as back and neck problems
  • People who have difficulty getting numb
  • Those who need extensive treatment

And people with a desire to have dentistry done comfortably while they are fully relaxed

If you have ever been afraid to go to the dentist, you know the unbearable terror that comes with stepping foot into a dental office. You avoid receiving treatment at any cost, regardless if you are in pain or discomfort.

It’s important to remember that dentistry has come a long way. Countless years of research have been dedicated to studying and finding methods to alleviate pain and anxiety. There are safe and time-tested options available to ensure that you have a positive dental experience. The use of sedation dental drugs can make your time in the dental office relaxed and comfortable. You are not alone and the stories of people like you, who have avoided the dentist as a result of past trauma are limitless. We understand your fears and concerns. We invite you to experience dentistry like you’ve never experienced it before. Step out from under the shadow of fear and into the calm of oral sedation dentistry. You are not alone and you no longer have to be afraid. Call today!

What about laughing gas?

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is often a regular part of sedation treatments. It has been used by dentists for nearly 100 years to alleviate pain and some anxiety. It is an excellent analgesic (pain reliever) and is inhaled through a small cup that fits over the nose. It is extremely safe because it is mixed directly with oxygen to provide you with a feeling of euphoria. You may experience tingling fingers and numb lips from the use of nitrous oxide. In combination with the use of an oral sedative, it is a fantastic adjunct that allows us to be able to fine tune the exact amount of sedation needed to provide you with the best possible experience.

Hours will seem like minutes.

Once you are completely relaxed and comfortable, we will be able to work quickly and efficiently to perform larger amounts of dentistry in fewer visits. And since sedation medications have an amnesic effect, you'll have very little, if any, memory of your visit.

Recovery is easy.

When your treatment is complete you may be a bit wobbly while the medications work their way out of your system but you will be able to walk. You will need your companion to take you home and stay with you until you're fully recovered. Your sedation dentist will give you simple instructions on when and how much you should eat or drink and other important information.

You'll be amazed at how much can be accomplished in such a seemingly short period of time, while you were totally relaxed, and completely comfortable.

Before taking Triazolam

  • Tell Dr. Miller and your pharmacist if you are allergic to triazolam, alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium, Librax), clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), estazolam (ProSom), flurazepam (Dalmane), lorazepam (Ativan), oxazepam (Serax), prazepam (Centrax), temazepam (Restoril), or any other drugs.
  • Tell Dr. Miller and your pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking (These medications may add to the drowsiness caused by triazolam.) especially
    • amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone);
    • antihistamines;
    • azithromycin (Zithromax);
    • cimetidine (Tagamet);
    • clarithromycin (Biaxin);
    • cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune);
    • digoxin (Lanoxin);
    • diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac); disulfiram (Antabuse);
    • ergotamine (Cafatine, Cafergot, Wigraine, others);
    • erythromycin (Erythrocin);
    • isoniazid (INH, Laniazid, Nydrazid);
    • itraconazole (Sporanox);
    • ketoconazole (Nizoral);
    • medications for depression, seizures, Parkinson's disease, pain, asthma, colds, or allergies;
    • muscle relaxants;
    • nefazodone (Serzone);
    • nicardipine (Cardene);
    • nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia);
    • oral contraceptives;
    • probenecid (Benemid);
    • ranitidine (Zantac);
    • rifampin (Rifadin);
    • sedatives; sleeping pills;
    • theophylline (Theo-Dur);
    • tranquilizers;
    • verapamil (Calan, Covera-HS, Verelan);
    • vitamins.
  • Tell Dr. Miller if you have or have ever had glaucoma; seizures; or lung, heart, or liver disease.
  • Tell Dr. Miller if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking triazolam, call Tell Dr. Miller immediately.
  • If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell Dr. Miller if you are already taking triazolam.
  • You should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
  • Remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
  • Tell Dr. Miller if you use tobacco products. Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of this drug.
  • Tell Dr. Miller if you snore or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or if you wear a CPAP or oral appliance for snoring and sleep apnea.