Oral sedation is not only very safe; it’s very effective, helping even the most nervous, fearful patient completely relax during dental treatment. It’s so relaxing you can even have extensive dental work completed in one visit. Oral sedatives such as Halcion are helpful for relaxing during dental procedures. This form of sedation is typically taken at home an hour or so before your appointment. While you’ll be fully awake, you’ll feel less anxious and a little drowsy until the medication wears off. Once you’re completely relaxed and comfortable in our office, we’ll start treatment. During your procedure, we monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and breathing. Although you’re awake, you may forget parts of the procedure or the entire experience due to the amnesic effects of the drug. This type of sedation requires a designated person to drive you to and from our office.