Relieving Dental Anxiety From Billings, MT Dentist – Dr. Stuart
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.
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.
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.
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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If your kids don’t like to go to the dentist, try Dr. Stuart. Our kids love him and his team. We just visited them yesterday for our 6 month checkup and cleaning, and Brianne was awesome! When I was a kid, the dental hygienist was a lumberjack – but not Brianne, she’s very professional and mindful of each of us. I have sensitive teeth and gums, and my visit with Dr. Stuart and his team was relaxing and easy. And the receptionist Lisa is so great, she always has a smile and positive attitude…so refreshing to have a dentist like Dr. Stuart. We have been going to Dr. Stuart for over 10 years, give him a try; you and your kids will notice the difference.
Our family found the way to Legacy Smiles in the midst of an ongoing yet undiagnosed dental crisis. Fortunately, Dr. Stuart aptly diagnosed the situation and promptly referred me to an oral surgeon to bring immediate relief. Since then, our family continues to be blessed by the genuine empathy and compassion Dr. Stuart has for his patients. He openly addresses any worries or fears we have, always in an informative and respectful manner. We encounter the same high standard of care with all of the staff at Legacy Smiles. Any treatment concerns or financial issues are courteously and promptly addressed and resolved. Dr. Stuart and Legacy Smiles provide the finest professional dental services with incomparable personal care!
Thank you, Dr. Stuart, for the senior discount on the dental work you have done for Vern and me. We’re also sending ‘kudos’ for you as well as your professional and competent staff – Lisa is a gem! It has been a pleasure interacting with all of you through the years. You and Cheryl are a good team… you’re ‘easy on the mouth’!
I wanted to thank you for the excellent service and experience I receive each time I come to your office. I appreciate the warm welcome, the time you spend explaining the procedures, and the personal touch you give. You always go the extra mile and have been a wonderful blessing to my family.
My family and I have been patients of Dr. Stuart for approximately 10 years. First I established dental care, then I quickly realized my children were of age to begin dental care as well. Dr. Stuart and his team have always been amazing to work with. I have 3 children ages 14, 10, and 5. Not one of them is fearful or frightened to go to the dentist. In fact, my 10-year-old just realized this year that she is actually “getting a shot” when she comes in for dental maintenance. She got her first filling at age 4! We are treated professionally, and they are always accommodating to our scheduling needs. I have frequently recommended friends or family to Legacy Smiles and Dr. Stuart only to receive a personal thank you letter and gift as a thank you! Lisa is always on the ball with insurance claims and reminders. I just have to show up! Thank you Dr. Stuart and the team at Legacy Smiles! Your patient care and service has improved our dental health. We love you guys!
Looking for a dentist who will see you in a timely manner? How about listening to you about any fear, be they physical or financial, in a caring, friendly manner? Is taking time to explain a recommended dental procedure important? Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Michael Stuart at Legacy Smiles where you are a valued patient.
I love going to Legacy Smiles! All the staff are so friendly and make the experience a good one! I can’t wait for my next appointment!
I live in So. California and was once visiting Billings and needed to see a dentist. I tried out a few and finally settled on Dr. Stuart. He is simply the best! He extracted a lower wisdom tooth, and when the anesthetic wore off, there was no pain. Zero, zilch, nothing! He and his hygienist are also the only ones who know how to scale and plane my very sensitive mouth with no anesthetic and no pain. And all of them, including the office manager, are very pleasant and accommodating. I highly recommend them. And I, myself, scheduled my dental work for when I was going to be in Helena, MT, then drove 4 hours each way to see this very special dentist. Well worth your while to check him out.