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I've got dental phobia: how effective are the sedatives?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joy Poskozim
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Good; don't go alone

Xanax (alprazolam) and valium are the most prescribed, but it is only recommended if you have someone else drive.
They are usually prescribed in 3. 1 the night before, one the morning of, and 1 about 30 minutes before your dental appointment. They are safe and very effective like this. Also helpful is hypnosis, music, and acupuncture.

In brief: Good; don't go alone

Xanax (alprazolam) and valium are the most prescribed, but it is only recommended if you have someone else drive.
They are usually prescribed in 3. 1 the night before, one the morning of, and 1 about 30 minutes before your dental appointment. They are safe and very effective like this. Also helpful is hypnosis, music, and acupuncture.
Dr. Joy Poskozim
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
I agree with this input. Auricular acupuncture can be used for both anxiety and pain management.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: CBT

For a more long term solution as an alternative to relying on sedatives, consider seeking a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

In brief: CBT

For a more long term solution as an alternative to relying on sedatives, consider seeking a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Take that first step

First, possibly go in and meet the dentist and his/her staff and find out how they do their procedures.
Some dentists practice sedation dentistry, which will not place you totally asleep, but you takes some meds prior to the appointment and this really helps you relax, even with cleanings.

In brief: Take that first step

First, possibly go in and meet the dentist and his/her staff and find out how they do their procedures.
Some dentists practice sedation dentistry, which will not place you totally asleep, but you takes some meds prior to the appointment and this really helps you relax, even with cleanings.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. William Jenkins
Anesthesiology

In brief: Sedatives generally

make both children and adults not care what happens

In brief: Sedatives generally

make both children and adults not care what happens
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Dr. David Abramson
As the old saying goes: the correct dose of any medication is ENOUGH! In almost every case (beware anyone who says "always" or "never") properly administered sedation can calm the most nervous people very effectively
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