Sedation Dentistry
Laurel, MT | Billings, MT

Does dental anxiety keep you from getting the care you know you need? In that case, sedation could be a great option for you.

what is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps you feel calm, relaxed, and at ease during dental procedures. It’s a mild-to-moderate level of sedation, so you’re still technically awake but feeling very relaxed. It’s sometimes called conscious sedation dentistry because it creates a state of short-term amnesia (forgetfulness) without the loss of consciousness. It’s beneficial for people with dental anxiety or for those who are undergoing lengthy treatment.

What is dental anxiety? how can sedation dentistry help?

Dental anxieties are quite common, and certainly no reason to be ashamed. Dental anxiety can be associated with the dental clinic setting or specific triggers like needles, drills, white coat syndrome, etc.

There are various reasons why these anxieties develop, including: prior negative experiences with a dentist, extreme sensitivity, or resistance to local anesthetics. Luckily, there is something you can do!

At Stokke Family Dentistry, we believe that even extreme dental anxiety is manageable and shouldn’t be a barrier to receiving the care you need. With sedation, you’ll feel calm and relaxed for the duration of your dental treatment and avoid reliving previous anxieties or discomforts. We use medications that provide comfort during the procedure and have a partially amnesic effect, which will make the whole experience a fuzzy memory!

types of sedation dentistry

Here at Stokke Family Dentistry, we offer patients a couple different options for sedation:

who needs IV sedation dentistry? is IV sedation dentistry safe?

Anyone in good health can be a candidate for IV sedation dentistry, but it is an especially effective solution for patients who experience the following:

  • Phobia of dental procedures
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Sensitive teeth or oral nerves
  • Complex dental issues
  • Resistance to local anesthetic
  • A small mouth that aches during dental work
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Gag reflex

IV sedation dentistry is very safe. Before receiving IV sedation, Dr. Stokke will conduct a preliminary consultation. He will check your previous medical/oral history, medications you are taking, and allergies to determine your eligibility.

Some medical conditions, like hypertension, may require permission from your doctor before IV sedation can be administered. Dr. Stokke also monitors your vital signs using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment throughout the treatment and while you are in the recovery room.

what does iv sedation feel like?

The sedative works to put you in a semi-conscious state, so you are unaware and unable to remember the events happening around you, although you can still respond to your dentist’s requests.

When the sedative takes effect, our patients generally feel extremely relaxed, similar to a dream-like state of mind. Following the procedure, most say they didn’t even realize how much time had passed and that their appointment was already over.

Before & After the Appointment

Before the appointment:

  • Avoid eating or drinking 10 hours before your appointment.
  • Take your normal medication with a sip of water, unless Dr. Stokke instructs you otherwise.
  • Do not smoke for 24 hours before your procedure.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, but no jewelry, nail polish or contact lenses.
  • Brush your teeth before your procedure.

After the appointment there will be a short period where you will be allowed to recover and must be fully alert before you are released to your companion. You may feel a little drowsy when you come around, so you will need to take it easy for the rest of the day. Your companion will be responsible for driving you home.

It can take 24 hours for the medication to leave your body, so avoid alcohol and take any medication prescribed as directed. Also, avoid driving, signing any legal documents, and strenuous activities for the rest of the day.

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