Don’t self-medicate and stick to the dose your dentist or doctor recommends (which may be a higher dose than specified on the drug package insert.
Reason being that the package inserts recommend a dose to induce sedation or sleep in a nonstress situation such as the home environment).
It is given as a syrup or mixed into a (non-alcoholic) drink. It kicks in very quickly, after about 10-20 minutes. But as with all benzos, other people find it has little effect on them.
One of the effects of Halcion is that it can induce amnesia (memory loss) for what’s happening from the point the drug kicks in to the point it wears off.
(All benzos can have this effect to some extent, but Halcion somewhat more so than others.
Alternatives include a stiff drink or stocking up on rescue remedy… In dentistry, the most commonly prescribed drugs for (or rather against! You’ve probably heard of them by their tradenames – for example, Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan.
Benzos decrease anxiety by binding with receptors in the brain which tone down activity in those parts of the brain responsible for fear. You shouldn’t travel on your own after you’ve taken benzodiazepines in the doses mentioned here – make sure you have an escort, even if you’re walking there! Benzodiazepines come in two flavours: anti-anxiety drugs, some are more targeted at brain areas which control sleep and wakefulness, while others are more specifically targeted at brain areas which control emotions such as fear.
Most commonly, oral sedation (usually in the form of anti-anxiety pills also known as “happy pills”) is prescribed for relieving anxiety in the hours immediately before a dental appointment.
An anti-anxiety or a sleeping pill taken the night before the appointment, an hour before going to bed, can help with falling asleep and getting some rest.This is a problem with all benzos – there is no known method of identifying who is susceptible and who is resistant to benzodiazepines.Diazepam produces a mild level of sleep and amnesia, and takes effect about an hour after taking it. The disadvantage of diazepam is that it stays in the system for much longer than it is needed (it has a half-life of 20-100 hours).The reason why benzos are so widely used is precisely because they’re safe.People for whom benzos have worked well describe them as “working wonders”, as having a calming and relaxing effect, or as making you feel “out of it”.However, the amnesia effect is unreliable – this also applies to Halcion).