I worked in an OMFS practice for four years, I have moved away for school, and I have a question about conscious sedation. The doctors I worked for administered a valium/demerol mix and a steroid before surgery as needed by the case or by the patient. I know what all of the drugs are targeting (I have pharmacology right now in a masters program) but do you think that the valium is used primarily for its anxiolytic effect or for its anterograde amnesia effect? I am assuming it is primarily for the anxiolytic effect - just curious as to what anyone thinks or knows. I appreciate it. Thanks.