When we visit the doctor, we want someone who will listen to our concerns, who will take time to explain what is happening, and who is genuinely interested in us.
We bring that same approach to our patient care at our dentist office in Billings, MT.
We believe this is important for anyone who comes to our office, and we also know it can be especially important if you have dental anxiety.
We are willing to do whatever we can to help you feel comfortable. This is why we offer multiple types of dental sedation at Legacy Smiles.
We have seen how this can help you relax whether you have mild anxiety or severe fear of the dentist.
Your Comfort Is Our Priority
We strive to provide dental care for our patients, and care is an essential part of your treatment.
That’s why we have contoured neck pillows and heated blankets to help you feel more comfortable. We also have headphones available for patients who would rather listen to music instead of the sounds of dental tools and equipment being moved around and used.
We’ve seen how some small creature comforts can help many patients feel cozy while receiving a cleaning.
But we also know that won’t be enough for everyone, which is why we offer multiple levels of sedation dentistry.
▶︎ Nitrous oxide – You may know this better as “laughing gas.” It’s a safe option for adults and children who may be nervous about their procedure. We’ve seen the gas take away patients’ anxiety within minutes of turning it on.
▶︎ Oral conscious sedation – For patients who have higher levels of anxiety, we can provide you with medication to take before you sit down in the dental chair. With this form of sedation, you may be feeling drowsy by the time your treatment starts.
▶︎ IV sedation – For patients who do not want to remember their treatment, we offer IV sedation. This kind of sedation can only be administered by a licensed provider.
▶︎ General anesthesia – This is the same kind of sedation used by hospitals for surgery, and it is the strongest sedation we provide. This is used for patients undergoing long and complex procedures. We bring in an anesthesiologist to administer this when it is needed.
For the last three forms of sedation, you must make arrangements for someone else to drive you home. The effects of these kinds of sedation last well after you leave our office.
Reasons You May Want To Consider Sedation
We can’t list every possible reason that you may feel anxious at the dentist office. However, the list below includes four of the most common reasons patients choose to undergo dental sedation.
1. You Won’t Remember Your Treatment
For patients who would rather not recall anything about their procedure, dental sedation can make that happen. You could compare this to falling asleep in the car when you were a kid. How many times did you doze off only to be woken up when your family arrived at your destination? You didn’t remember the trip, but you still got where you were going.
In a similar way, you can get all the benefits of preventive care or a restorative treatment, even if you don’t have any memory of it taking place.
2. It Will Keep You Calm
People who are afraid instinctively want to do one of two things — flight or flee. We don’t want you to do either of those things when you come in for a dental appointment.
With the help of dental sedation, you can stay relaxed and comfortable throughout your visit. That’s good for you and for the dentist or hygienist who is working on your teeth.
3. You Won’t Gag
It’s just a reality that some patients have a more sensitive gag reflex than others. This can make dental care difficult for the patient and for the dentist or hygienist.
With sedation dentistry, you remain so relaxed that you don’t react the same way that you would if you were fully awake and aware.
4. You Won’t Feel Pain
Modern dentistry has improved in a lot of ways, and most treatments involve little or no pain. But if you want to be certain that you won’t feel a thing, dental sedation also provides an anesthetic benefit for you.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry
Call or stop by our dentist office in Billings, MT if you have any questions about our sedation and comfort options.
To learn more or to make an appointment, fill out our online form or call (406) 794-3114.