Our dentists and team are committed to providing you with comfortable care. We offer sedation dentistry to help you feel calm and relaxed in our office so that you can receive your treatments with ease. Laurel Family Dental provides several types of sedation dentistry to meet your needs, and we use a board-certified anesthesiologist to perform sedation dentistry safely and effectively in our office. We will meet with you in a one-on-one consultation prior to your treatment in order to determine which type of sedation is best suited for you.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a type of sedation that works through inhalation. A mask is placed over your face, and you simply inhale the gas to help you feel more relaxed. Many patients experience “euphoric” or “floating” sensation while receiving nitrous oxide sedation. This is a very mild sedative, and the effects will wear off within a few minutes after you stop inhaling this gas, allowing you to safely and legally drive yourself home.
IV (intravenous) sedation is administered directly into your bloodstream through injection. This allows us to control your level of sedation so that you remain comfortable, and it helps us to provide your sedation treatment more quickly. While IV sedation is a conscious form of sedation, patients have been known to become so relaxed that they do not remember the details of their visit or fall asleep mid-treatment. You will need someone with you to drive you home following your appointment if you receive IV sedation.
General anesthesia is a form of sedation which induces sleep. It is generally provided via injection and may be combined with local anesthetics to ensure that you remain comfortable after you have woken up. If you receive general anesthesia, you will need to have someone with you at your appointment to drive you home, as well as someone to remain with you for a few hours afterwards while you recover.
Dr. Sam Pollock and Dr. Jordan Dobmeier may recommend sedation dentistry to those who suffer from dental anxiety or fear, have a sensitive gag reflex, cannot safely receive treatment without sedation or who require extensive dental work in a single visit.
For more information about sedation dentistry in Laurel, Montana, and to schedule a consultation with our dentists, contact Laurel Family Dental today at 406-628-6716.