Dental Anesthesia Associates,
Linwood Office


Oral Sedation

Do you have high levels of anxiety when visiting the dentist? You can probably be a candidate for Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Thurm is Board Certified to administer (oral conscious) sedation, commonly known as “Sleep Dentistry.”

Sedation Dentistry

Advantages to patients include:
  • Therapy is completed when you’re in a calm mood.
  • You are going to have less trouble sitting through a long process.
  • Several treatments and full mouth restorations can take place during the same visit.
  • Less discomfort after treatment.

Don’t let fear of the dentist stop you from getting the dental care you deserve!

Request an appointment online or call our Linwood, NJ office today!

Anti-Anxiety Pills

The most widely prescribed dental related drugs which treat nervosity belong to the “benzodiazepine” family. Drugs like Ativan, Xanax, Halcion, or Valium. These drugs decrease anxiety by binding as well as toning down within “fear” receptors in the brain.

There are two different types of Benzodiazepines:

  • Sedative-Hypnotics: These drugs induce calm, which includes drowsiness as well as sleep. This sleep state is really a kind of hypnosis that is a form of physiological sleep.
  • Anti-Anxiety Drugs: These’re drugs which relieve anxiety and induce a state of relaxation and calm.
While benzodiazepines behave as sedatives AND anti anxiety drugs, some are highly focused at areas within the brain which focus on sleep. Others act in a far more precise path and target fear centers in the brain. Typically, larger doses serve as sedatives and induce sleep, while in reduced doses, they reduce anxiety without sedation.

Benzodiazepines are also Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants (i.e. there can be a decline in blood pressure and breathing). It’s crucial that you be aware that they should not be mixed with some other CNS depressants like alcohol. It’s crucial you make use of the dose your dentist or doctor recommends. It’s likely to overdose, and overdoses can reduce your breath to dangerously low amounts, which may end up in death or coma.

Please note that you should not travel on your own once you have taken any of these drugs. Be sure you have an escort, even if you traveled by foot or bus.

When not to take benzodiazepines:

Several of these medications can affect your heart and liver. It is essential to check with your practitioner and/or pharmacist. You should be sure to inform your doctor or dentist if any of the following apply: known allergy to the drug, narrow-angle glaucoma, pregnancy, severe respiratory disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), impaired kidney or liver function, depression/bipolar disorder/psychoses, chronic bronchitis and some other conditions. It’s also critical to let us know if you are taking other medications. There could be possible drug interactions.