At Rock Creek Dental, we are dedicated to making your experience in our office as comfortable as possible. As part of this commitment, we provide sedation dentistry so that you can relax and receive your treatments with ease. There are several types of sedation dentistry available, and our experienced dentists will work with you to determine which form of sedation will be most beneficial to you. We also have a board-certified anesthesiologist available to perform your sedation, so you can be sure of receiving a treatment that is both safe and effective.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Our dentists may recommend nitrous oxide for patients with dental anxiety and fear. This is a mild sedative, and works through inhalation. The effects wear off shortly after you stop inhaling the gas, making it possible for you to safely drive yourself home.
IV (intravenous) sedation is administered directly into your bloodstream via injection. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, which means that you will be awake and able to respond to the dentist’s instructions. However, patients who receive this treatment have been known to relax to the point where they forget the details of their treatment or fall asleep. If you receive this form of sedation you will need to be accompanied by someone who can drive you home after you leave our office.
General anesthesia is a form of sedation which induces sleep, and is usually provided via injection. General anesthesia may be combined with local anesthetics to provide you with the best results and ensure your comfort upon waking. You will need to be accompanied to your appointment by someone who can drive you home afterward, as well as have someone available to stay with you for a while after your appointment.
Sedation dentistry is an excellent solution for individuals who suffer from dental anxiety or fear, have a sensitive gag reflex, who require extensive dental work in one appointment or who cannot otherwise receive treatment safely.
To make your appointment with Dr. Kelly Reynolds, Dr. David Sterzer or Dr. Kelsey Fraser and learn more about sedation dentistry in Red Lodge, Montana, call our office today at 406-662-0272.