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Oral Sedation

Halcion (Triazolam)

Patient Information


What is Halcion?

Halcion is an oral sedative taken before your appointment to relax you.  If you suffer from anxiety due to dental procedures or have high blood pressure, its use is recommended because of its calming properties, as long as you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. 

How Halcion works

Halcion produces an effect called conscious sedation. You will experience a level of consciousness which does not affect your ability to breathe or respond appropriately to questions, commands and physical stimulation.  It will allow you to be relaxed and have little or no memory of the procedure.


Directions for taking Halcion 

We will call your pharmacy to order two tablets of Halcion.  Please take one tablet one hour prior to your scheduled appointment time*.  Bring the other tablet to the office with you in the event that you require a higher dose.


You must have a responsible adult to drive you to and from the office.  Your driver may remain in the office or leave during your procedure.  We will ask for a phone number to reach them approximately ½ hour before you are ready to leave.  YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY.


Dr. Dufour will discuss post-operative procedures with your driver at the end of your appointment.  It is strongly advised that your driver or other responsible adult remain with you through the rest of the day and that night, as you may be advised to awaken at 4-hour intervals to take Motrin.


Advantages of oral sedation

  • Ease of use; you will swallow a small tablet

  • Safe and easy to monitor

  • Low cost

  • Works well for most patients

  • Higher dose may be administered before or during your appointment

  • Deep level of relaxation and amnesia effect


Halcion induced oral sedation has been declared safe by the Academy of General Dentistry, for use before dental procedures.  You will be required to give a thorough accounting of your medical history prior to using Halcion and will need to disclose all medications taken, including over the over the counter and herbal supplements.


*This dose may be adjusted due to your weight, blood pressure or response to pain/sedative drugs.




Active ingredients: Triazolam


Inactive ingredients: Cellulose, Corn Starch, Docusate Sodium, FD&C Blue No. 2, Lactose, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Benzoate


Common side effects:

  • Drowsiness

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness

  • “Pins & Needles” feelings on skin

  • Difficulty with coordination


Do not take Halcion if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients

  • You are pregnant, breastfeeding or considering becoming pregnant

  • You take other medications that can make you sleepy

  • You take any potent inhibitor of CYP 3A.  These include but may not be limited to ketoconazole, itraconazole, nefazodone and some other antifungal agents.


Use and storage guide:

  • Use only as directed.  Do not take more Halcion than prescribed for you

  • Do not use after expiration date

  • Store at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Protect from light

  • Keep out of reach of children


"Dr. Dufour and the office staff provided a friendly and supportive dental environment during my recent procedure. I was prescribed Halcion (Triazolam) before my appointment for dental implants.  I found the Triazolam to be a relief and helped to make my dental experience so much more comfortable.  I was verbally and physically responsive throughout the entire procedure.

If anyone is having any reservations about a dental procedure, I would strongly recommend Triazolam to allow you to have the same positive experience that I have had.



-Deb W.

"My experience with Dr. Dufour for a bone graft was without pain or discomfort.  I was extremely anxious, but the staff was very gentle and caring.  By using a sedative, the procedure went very well!"

-John E.


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