Halcion (Triazolam) in pill form is given to the patient to take 45-60 minutes prior to the dental appointment. It is imperative that the patient has a driver to and from the appointment, as he/she should not operate any motor vehicles until the following day.
Conscious sedation puts patients in a state of extreme relaxation, and is closely related to Valium. People describe this feeling as a “cloud state” and are generally awake, but totally aloof to what’s going on in the dental chair. The patient may not remember the dental visit, as short term amnesia is a common side effect. In some cases, the patients may even fall asleep while on the medication.