Oral sedation using medications like midazolam or Atarax (hydroxyzine) has become a valuable approach in pediatric dentistry to help alleviate anxiety and create a more comfortable experience for young patients. Midazolam, a benzodiazepine, and Atarax, an antihistamine, are commonly used medications that induce mild sedation, reducing anxiety and making dental procedures less intimidating for children. Administered in a liquid form mixed with juice, these medications promote relaxation while allowing the child to remain conscious and responsive. The dosage is carefully tailored to the child’s age, weight, and medical history to ensure safety. This approach is particularly beneficial for children with dental phobias or those requiring longer or more complex procedures. Under proper supervision, oral sedation with midazolam or Atarax can create a more positive and stress-free dental experience for both the child and the dental team. Oral medications can be mixed also with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for a more calming effect.
Prior to your oral sedation visit, please make sure your child is fasted (no food or liquids) for 6 hours. Your child will also need to avoid unsupervised activities for the rest of the day.