Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Diazepam (Valium) Usage in Dentistry: Basic Facts

Diazepam (Valium), a longer acting sedative, has been used on anxious patients to allow dental procedures to be done in a more reliable fashion. The usual use of Diazepam are as follows:

  1. Dose range: 2-20mg
  2. Tablet form: 2, 5, 10mg
  3. Oral Solution: 5mg/5ml and 5mg/ml
  4. Onset: 20-40 minutes
  5. Half Life: >24 hours
  6. Best used: in the evening before a sedation appointment and can be followed on the appointment day
Source: Bhalla J, Anxiety and Dental Management, Ontario Dentist, Vol 86, No 8, pg 20-23.

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)
(905) 273-7100