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Will Valium and halcion (triazolam) sedate me for a root canal?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Don't use either...

Ask your dentist before having the work done.
The dentist may feel it is appropriate to check with your tpt (trusted primary physician), as well as which particular medicine to take before, or the night before. (halcion is an older sedative used for sleep; Valium is an old anxiolytics; both these names are brand names. These plus xanax, (alprazolam) serax, Ativan etc r all in diazepam family of drugs.

In brief: Don't use either...

Ask your dentist before having the work done.
The dentist may feel it is appropriate to check with your tpt (trusted primary physician), as well as which particular medicine to take before, or the night before. (halcion is an older sedative used for sleep; Valium is an old anxiolytics; both these names are brand names. These plus xanax, (alprazolam) serax, Ativan etc r all in diazepam family of drugs.
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Could

Usually one or the other medication is used.
Be careful on mixing medications as this can have some potential side effects. Consult with your dentist.

In brief: Could

Usually one or the other medication is used.
Be careful on mixing medications as this can have some potential side effects. Consult with your dentist.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Sharon Perelman
You may want to talk to your dentist about nitrous oxide (laughing gas) it can be very relaxing and is quickly reversible so you can drive after the dental appointment.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry

In brief: Both Can Be Good

Both of these drugs have been used successfully to reduce anxiety & fear prior to dental procedures.
Obviously, they must be prescribed & monitored by your dentist or endodontist. These are not drugs you should be using by yourself without supervision. Also, remember that they do not provide any anesthetic benefits...They only reduce anxiety & make you more mellow. Oh, you'll need a driver too.

In brief: Both Can Be Good

Both of these drugs have been used successfully to reduce anxiety & fear prior to dental procedures.
Obviously, they must be prescribed & monitored by your dentist or endodontist. These are not drugs you should be using by yourself without supervision. Also, remember that they do not provide any anesthetic benefits...They only reduce anxiety & make you more mellow. Oh, you'll need a driver too.
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