This dental sedation medication can be given to a patient the night before a dental procedure or 30 minutes to an hour prior to the dental appointment. This all depends on the severity of the anxiety. Oral sedatives do not provide pain relief, so an injection of local anesthetic will also be administered.
Oral sedation is one of the available methods of conscious dental sedation, along with inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) and conscious intravenous sedation. Oral sedatives are often used in cases that the sedative effect allows more dentistry to be completed in fewer appointments as well as allowing complex procedures to be performed in less time.