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Benzodiazepines for conscious sedation in the dental office. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare concerning the publication of this manuscript. Conventional behavioral ansioliticks techniques are usually sufficient for management of patients with fear and anxiety during dental treatment.

When such techniques do not produce the expected results, dental anxiety can be managed using drug-based treatments known as conscious sedation. Anxiety can complicate dental procedures because of effects such as increased blood pressure, hyperventilation, and fainting.

Medications such as benzodiazepines can be used to avoid these complications. When used properly, dental procedures are safer and there are fewer difficulties for both patient and ansiloiticos.

These drugs’ mechanisms of action are exerted on the central nervous system and ultimately result in depression of excitatory cells. Effects vary, depending on the dose administered and the drug used, and can include sedation, hypnosis, muscle relaxation, odontologiw effects, coronary dilation, and neuromuscular blockade. With wide safety margins and few contraindications, the benzodiazepines most commonly used by dentists are diazepam, as a mild sedation-inducing anxiolytic, midazolam, to induce sleep and amnesia, and alprazolam, lorazepam, and triazolam, each with their appropriate properties and preferred dosages.

This literature review allows us to conclude that benzodiazepines are an effective therapeutic option for management of patients with anxiety during dental treatment and are available for use in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Conscious sedation; Benzodiazepines; Dental anxiety. Anxiety and fear of dental treatment are factors in dental surgeons’ clinical practice. Although the concept is considered vague, anxiety is defined as fear in the absence of a real object, caused by external and primarily internal agents and characterized by apprehension, nervousness, tension, and worry 1,2.

Odontologiz involves many different sources of patient anxiety. The noise and vibrations of rotary instruments, brusque aneioliticos by dentists themselves, exposure of patients to sharp instruments, reports from friends ansiolificos relatives of negative experiences, and patients’ level of knowledge about the procedures that are conducted.

Several different methods have been odongologia to assess anxiety levels in patients. One such method is administration of questionnaires on anxiety that use a series of questions and a scoring system to assess the patient’s level of anxiety e.

The principal clinical manifestations that can be observed in anxious patients are increased blood pressure and heart rate, diaphoresis, trembling, and arrhythmia. There is also evidence that patients with high anxiety levels may be prone to greater perception of sensitivity to pain 1. In attempts to improve comfort in clinical dental practice and increase safety for both patient and clinician, studies have been conducted to eliminate use of general anesthesia in clinical dental settings and introduce drug options for use in combination with local anesthetics, in a technique known as conscious sedation 2,6.

In dentistry, the concept of conscious sedation is defined as a minimum level of depression of consciousness, preserving the patient’s ability to maintain their own respiration continuously and to respond to the dental surgeon’s verbal commands and physical stimuli during dental procedures 6.

Benzodiazepines are the medications most used for this technique. Benzodiazepines are drugs that act on the limbic system of the cerebral cortex, as a whole. The cortical regions are involved with voluntary movement and sensory integration, consciousness, abstract thinking, memory, and learning. These drugs bind to specific receptor units in the central nervous system CNSpotentiating their effects and resulting in prolonged neuronal hyperpolarization with rapid inhibition or attenuation of transmission of nerve impulses, causing depression of the CNS and producing varying degrees of anxiolytic effects, sedation, anterograde amnesia, relaxation of skeletal musculature, and anticonvulsant activity.

Although minimal cardiovascular and respiratory effects have been observed, these drugs are practically incapable of causing any type of respiratory or cardiovascular collapse when administered at their correct dosages and when other agents of CNS depression are not present in patients who do not have any kind of contraindication to use of these drugs The principal benzodiazepines used in dentistry are diazepam, midazolam, lorazepam, alprazolam, and triazolam.

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Anxiety can be considered an obstacle to healthcare. The impact that it can have on patients’ lives is considerable, is not restricted to clinical dental settings, and can even be the decisive factor in compliance with and success of treatment The objective of this study is to conduct a review of the literature to define benzodiazepines and the drugs in this category most widely used in dentistry, their mechanisms of action, indications and contraindications and their posologies, in order to provide a basis for greater understanding among dental surgeons with regard to the treatment options available ansiolticos their patients.

Sedation is characterized as a reduction in a patient’s activity and excitability and the American Society of Anesthesiologists ASA has produced a three-level classification: When under minimal and moderate sedation, the patient has the capacity to respond to mild tactile stimuli and verbal communication, and cardiovascular and respiratory functions are preserved with no need for assistance. When under deep sedation, the patient is unable to easily respond to verbal commands, but will respond to painful stimuli, odontilogia cardiovascular function is normally maintained, but spontaneous respiratory function may be impaired and assistance may be needed Benzodiazepines are drugs with anxiolytic properties and in dentistry they are prescribed to control anxiety odintologia fear because they have proven efficacy, low toxicity, few contraindications, and little capacity for causing dependence.


Certain precautions are necessary during planning for procedures, including careful odontologiq history, control with oximetry, provision of basic life support equipment and the knowledge needed ansioluticos use it.

The effects vary depending on the dose administered and the drug chosen for the treatment, but they can include sedative action, hypnotic effects, muscle relaxation, reduction of saliva flow and vomit refl ex, anticonvulsant action, coronary dilation, and neuromuscular blockade.

Forms of administration include oral, intravenous, intramuscular, intranasal, sublingual, or rectal, but in dentistry the oral route is most often employed because of the ease of administration and convenience for the patient 6, A study that compared the efficacy of medication with benzodiazepines administered via oral and intravenous routes found there were no statistically significant differences in the results obtained in terms of patient cooperation during procedures, demonstrating that oral administration of these drugs produces good results Although benzodiazepines have low toxicity, they can have certain adverse effects depending on the dose administered and the specific drug utilized These effects can include reactions such as somnolence, excessive sedation, paradoxical reactions, disturbed motor coordination, confusion and transitory loss of memory, double vision, headaches, and the possibility of physical and psychological dependence if administered for prolonged periods 16, It is therefore possible that this predominant cerebral processing of orofacial sensations may contribute to the aversive anxiety that many patients manifest with respect to dental treatment Benzodiazepines are drugs that act to potentiate the gamma aminobutyric acid GABA inhibitory system, which controls psychosomatic reactions to stimuli generated by stress.

When activated, the GABA-a receptor increases the frequency with which chloride channels in nerve cells open, increasing entry of chloride ions and provoking a hyperpolarized state in the cell membrane, which, in the final analysis, results in reduced propagation of the excitatory impulse In the absence of GABA, benzodiazepines produce minor or practically null effects on the capacity to transport chloride into the interior of nerve cells 18, Studies of administration of benzodiazepine medications have assessed their efficacy and safety and confirmed that use of these drugs achieves the effects required by dental surgeons with a wide safety margin It is important to point out that although there are few contraindications against their use, it is still necessary for the dental surgeon to choose the drug that fits best with the patient’s requirements based on age, weight, medical history, and duration of clinical treatment, always assessing each on an individual basis according to their requirements in order to choose the best therapeutic option for each case.

These drugs can be metabolized in a range of different tissues and organs, but the primary site of metabolism is the kidneys. Patients with renal problems may have an altered profile of clearance of these drugs from the body, with reduced excretion and increased plasma concentrations, which makes prolonged use unfeasible in such patients Elderly patients may also have abnormalities affecting the routes through which these drugs are absorbed and excreted due to changes in pH, reduced hepatic metabolism, and increased CNS sensitivity to their effects.

It is recommended that for these patients the dose administered should be reduced and the benzodiazepine chosen should be one that is not metabolized slowly 25, There can also be abnormalities in the routes of these drugs’ excretion in obese patients because benzodiazepines are highly liposoluble and can accumulate in adipose tissues.

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The drug can then return to the bloodstream, causing an effect known as the “hangover” effect Care should be taken when prescribing benzodiazepines to pregnant women. Studies have reported evidence that use of these medications during the first trimester of pregnancy could be associated with an increased risk of cardiac malformations and cleft lip and palate defects However, more recent studies did not find this association Use of benzodiazepines during the third trimester is associated with neonatal hypotonia: In view of the potential risks, careful history-taking and consultation with the patient’s obstetrician are required to arrive at the best choice of odontoloyia.

In patients who drink alcohol, use of benzodiazepines should be analyzed with care. Ethanol has additive effects on benzodiazepines in the CNS and accelerates hepatic metabolism of these drugs. Use of short-acting variants of these drugs aneioliticos not ansiolitidos the desired effects Care should also be taken to avoid occurrence of drug interactions, since the pharmacological properties of one or both medications could be em or reduced.

For example, use of benzodiazepines in combination with drugs such as cimetidine, erythromycin, disulfiram, oral contraceptives, and certain groups of antifungals, may inhibit biotransformation of the benzodiazepine, resulting in higher plasma concentrations and, as a consequence, excessive sedation 20, Some patients can exhibit paradoxical effects when given benzodiazepines. The characteristics of these reactions ansioliticoa increased conversation initiated by the patient, excitement and excessive movements, and even hostility and rage.

Patients with glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, or allergy to benzodiazepines, breastfeeding mothers, patients receiving psychiatric treatment, or CNS-depressant treatments, and patients with mental deficiencies should also have their cases evaluated before being given benzodiazepines and it may be necessary to consult clinicians specialized in other areas of healthcare to assess their use Patients who are given these drugs should be instructed not to drink alcoholic beverages for a period lasting from 24 hours before to 48 hours after administration of the benzodiazepine and not to drive or operate heavy machinery under the effects of the medication, and should also be escorted to and from the treatment session In Brazil, the benzodiazepine medications most used in dental settings are diazepam, midazolam, alprazolam, lorazepam, and triazolam.


Table 1 lists their properties and indications and preferred posologies. Diazepam is the benzodiazepine most frequently used in dentistry because it is the safest member of this class of drugs for use by clinicians with little experience in conscious sedation techniques. The normal administration protocol is 5 or 10 mg orally, 1 hour before the procedure and, for more severe cases of anxiety, 5 or 10 mg administered orally the night before the procedure and another ansjoliticos or ansiiliticos mg administered orally 1 hour before the dental procedure.

Sedation varies from mild to moderate and its anxiolytic property is greater than its capacity for sedation. Onset of action is from 30 to odongologia minutes after administration and its clearance half-life is from 24 to 72 hours, due to production of active metabolites, although the clinical effects disappear from 2 to 3 hours after administration 8.

After absorption, diazepam is transported to adipose tissues where it is stored and from where it can return to the bloodstream, causing sedation again For pediatric patients, the usual dose varies from 0.

Midazolam is most used in procedures with short duration or in situations in which we intend to induce the patient to sleep; not a first-choice option because of the amnesia effect, although in certain situations this can actually become a beneficial property since the patient will forget the “moment of trauma” and because there is a need for more sophisticated infrastructure, including oximetry control, when compared with diazepam 8, Midazolam has a short clearance half-life, varying from 1.

In contrast with diazepam, midazolam is more soluble in water, does not produce active metabolites and does not kdontologia provoke repeat sedation, has much faster induction and shorter duration clearance, but, still compared with diazepam, midazolam has a greater sleep induction property than anxiolytic effect This is another therapeutic option, but it is more commonly administered to patients who have severe cases of generalized anxiety and panic syndrome, and it is not used very much in dental offices because of its long period of latency Plasma concentrations are obtained from 1 to 2 hours after administration and it is completely eliminated from the body after 12 to 15 hours.

The most often administered doses of alprazolam vary from 0. Generally used as a premedication, lorazepam also has a long period of latency, which makes use in the dental office problematic. Doses range from 1 to 2 mg, with onset of action from 1 to 2 hours later. It has slow induction and the clearance half-life varies from 10 to 20 hours and, even though it is more liposoluble than diazepam, it does not produce active metabolites 20, The effects pass after an interval ranging from 6 to 8 hours after administration has elapsed 37 and one of its principle characteristics is the possibility of inducing anterograde amnesia, defined as forgetting events after a certain point in time taken as a reference.

For elderly patients the dose varies from 1 to 4 mg and it is not recommended for use with pediatric patients Used very little in Brazil, generally for short-term insomnia treatment, triazolam has a rapid onset of action and short duration. Onset of action occurs around 30 minutes after administration odontollogia duration is from 2 to 3 eh Habitual doses of triazolam are odongologia 0.

Dispensation of benzodiazepines is controlled by the Ministry of Health and special prescriptions must be used, with class B prescription notification, using a specific blue document with day validity, each of which can request dispensation of a maximum of five vials of medication for external use injectable or three units for internal use oral route 6. It is important to emphasize that careful analysis of the patient, taking into account all individual characteristics, is necessary to ensure that the drug treatment is successful and, consequently, that the dental treatment is also successful, thereby guaranteeing better quality and safety for both patient and professional and ensuring that all equipment needed is available in advance, irrespective ansiolliticos the treatment planned.

When correctly indicated, benzodiazepines treat the symptoms of anxiety, making dental treatment safer for patients and clinicians.

The effects caused by benzodiazepines can include sedative action, hypnotic effects, muscle relaxation, reduction of saliva flow and vomit reflex, anticonvulsant action, neuromuscular blockade, and coronary dilation. As long as indications and contraindications are respected, these medications can be used by dental surgeons with a wide safety margin, producing few side effects and with practically null capacity to cause dependence. Dental surgeons have a range of drugs to choose from for provoking conscious sedation in dental settings using benzodiazepines.

The most frequently used of these is diazepam, which is most often employed as a mild anxiolytic and is the safest benzodiazepine for use by clinicians with less experience in this type of technique.

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In turn, midazolam is used to induce sleep and amnesia, alprazolam is more often used for cases of generalized anxiety and panic syndrome, lorazepam is generally used for premedication, and triazolam is generally used for short-term insomnia treatment.

All of these have their own characteristics and posologies that must be respected by the dental surgeon when odonfologia between them. These medications’ advantages outweigh their disadvantages and as long as none of the steps required for use of benzodiazepines are ignored, they offer a very safe and effective option for use in dental clinical practice.

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