Our dentist and team at Lockwood Family Dental are dedicated to making your experience with us as comfortable as possible. We understand that visiting the dentist can be stressful and that many people suffer from dental anxiety and fear. We offer sedation dentistry to help manage anxiety so that you can receive the care you need in comfort and without unnecessary stress. There are several types of sedation dentistry available, and our dentist will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your options and find the type of sedation that will work best for you. We also have a Board Certified anesthesiologist on staff to perform your sedation treatment safely and effectively in our office.
Sedation dentistry may be a good option for you if:
- You suffer from dental anxiety or fear.
- You have a sensitive gag reflex.
- You cannot safely receive treatment without sedation.
- You require extensive dental work in a single visit.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a type of sedation that works through inhalation. A small mask is placed over your face, and as you inhale the gas, you will feel more relaxed — some patients describe the feeling as “euphoric” or “floating.” This mild sedative will wear off a few minutes after you stop inhaling the gas, allowing you to safely and legally drive yourself home after your appointment.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered directly into your bloodstream through injection. This helps us provide your sedation treatment more quickly and gives us greater control over your level of sedation to ensure your comfort. While IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, many patients feel so relaxed that they fall asleep mid-treatment or do not remember the details of their visit. If you receive IV sedation, you will need to have someone with you to drive you home and remain with you for a few hours until the effects of the medication wear off.
General anesthesia is a form of sedation that induces sleep. It is usually provided through an injection and may be combined with local anesthetics to maximize your comfort after you awaken. If you receive this form of sedation, you will need to have someone available to drive you home and remain with you for several hours while you recover.
We welcome you to call us at 406-702-1438 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brysen Hansen and learn more about sedation dentistry in Billings and Lockwood, Montana.