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Dr. Michael W. Stuart

Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D. Billings, MT 59102

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Relieving Dental Anxiety From Billings, MT Dentist – Dr. Stuart

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Patients want to be listened to by their doctors. They really do. They want their doctors to spend time with them and to genuinely listen to them and make a connection with them on an emotional level before they just jump in and try to do procedures on them. First of all, we just try to put them at ease and let them know that we do understand their anxiety. We understand their fear, and we're going to do everything possible to make them comfortable.

Comfort is a big thing. We have everything from, you know, all the contour neck pillows to the warm, heated blankets if we need to, to whatever we need to do to keep them comfortable, for one, and then the anxiety, we can actually, if we need to, we can pre-medicate with some medications like Valium or lorazepam or something like that to decrease their anxiety, all the way up to, literally, full-blown medical-grade anesthesia. We're talking general anesthesia.

We have Doctor – we've partnered with Doctor Larsen, who is an incredible anesthesiologist, and he literally comes into our office, so we don't have to go to the hospital or to a surgical center. He comes into our office. He brings all the equipment, and it isn't just simple IV sedation. We're talking medical-grade, full-blown general anesthesia, if we need to go there. We have a broad spectrum of how we can treat the anxiety or how we can address it, and it ranges from simply connecting with the patient and putting their mind at ease and moving at a pace that they're comfortable with to full blown general anesthesia, right in our office, if we need to.

Our team understands that the idea of visiting the dentist can be intimidating, nerve-wracking, or even scary. However, at our Billings, MT dentist office, we work hard to make sure you are comfortable and well cared for. We offer many different comfort options in order to help relieve your dental anxiety. We want you to feel safe in our very skilled, highly trained hands – because you are.

Longer Appointments

We understand that sometimes patients need to take things at their own pace. Our team at Legacy Smiles strives to allow you plenty of time to relax and feel at ease when you come in for a visit. We will not rush you into anything. If you need a break from the dental work to take a deep breathe, you can. Feel free to breathe easy here.

Semi-Private Operatories

We also offer semi-private operatories. We know that you don’t want your personal care out in the open for the whole office to see. We keep it private just for your comfort.

Sedation Dentistry

We offer four level of dental sedation right here in our Billings, MT dentist office. Dental sedation allows you to relax during your procedure, or even sleep through it, depending on the level used. We offer:

  • Nitrous Oxide – The “laughing gas” we often use on nervous children or adults. It creates a relaxed feeling and takes away your anxiety.
  • Oral conscious – A pill that is administered and allows you to feel very relaxed and at-ease during the procedure. You will be awake, but extremely calm and relaxed.
  • IV Sedation – A higher form of sedation that is administered through an IV by a licensed provider. This form of sedation allows you to sleep through your procedure.
  • General Anesthesia – The highest form of sedation. This type of sedation is often used in hospitals for surgeries. We use this mainly for the most complicated procedures. This form is only administered by a general anesthesiologist.

Whatever your level of dental anxiety, dental sedation might be able to help. Just ask, and our Billings, MT dentist will discuss what is right for your situation.

Other Comfort Options

We also offer comfort options such as headphones, blankets, drinks, and towels.

  • Headphones – Listen to something enjoyable during a procedure to drown out our noisy instruments.
  • Heated Blankets and Pillows – We want you to enjoy the utmost comfort while in our office. Ask for a warm blanket and pillow to stave off the chills while we work.
  • Drinks in the waiting room – While you are in the waiting room, feel free to grab a refreshing beverage.
  • Warm Towels – We offer warm, refreshing, lemon-scented towels for your convenience and comfort.

While many dentists’ offices can be intimidating and bring out the dental anxiety or fear, a visit to our Billings, MT dentist office can actually be relaxing and even enjoyable. You are safe in our hands, and we work hard to make sure you feel at-ease with dental sedation and comfort options. To make an appointment, call us today at (406) 794-3114 or use our online form. We can’t wait to see you.


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