Anxiolysis refers to the use of a mild oral sedative to achieve “light sedation,” or a heightened state of comfort and relaxation for patients with mild to moderate anxiety.  With this form of sedation, the patient is still conscious and fully aware of the treatment being performed, however, is significantly more relaxed and comfortable. The oral sedative medication is taken by the patient one hour prior to their scheduled dental appointment. It is mandatory with anxiolysis sedation that someone drives you to your appointment and drives you home after the appointment.  The driver is not required to stay while the treatment is being provided, but needs to leave a contact phone number where they can be reached if necessary.