Relax during Treatment
with Sedation Dentistry
While some patients experience dental phobia and anxiety, some forgo treatment altogether to avoid a visit to the office. To help put your mind at ease and ensure your comfort during all stages of treatment, we offer sedation dentistry at our Billings, MT, practice. Depending on your needs, we can administer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation or intravenous (IV) sedation. Drs. Kenneth Bagby and Erica R. Stokke as well as our entire team are here to ensure that you receive the vital care you need in a stress-free environment.
The Benefits of Sedation
Sedation during any procedure can be beneficial to patients who:
- Suffer from dental phobia
- Are young or elderly
- Have a medical condition that makes sitting still difficult
- Have claustrophobia
- Have a fear of injections
- Want fewer appointments
- Need surgical procedures
Sedation dentistry can not only improve your overall experience, but also encourage more frequent visits when necessary. We are dedicated to helping our patients consistently maintain their oral health to avoid more complex issues and treatments. With sedation, we can address issues when they arise so you can avoid more extensive treatments in the future.
Our Sedation Options
We offer three forms of sedation at our practice, ranging from mild to moderate.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is inhaled through a mask that is worn during treatment. This form of sedation will induce a feeling of calmness and serenity but not impair your ability to respond to the doctor's instructions. Patients can expect to feel the effects of nitrous oxide within a few minutes and may experience light-headedness and a heavy feeling in their limbs. Laughing gas wears off immediately after treatment. This form of sedation allows for the effects to last only until the treatment is completed and allows for the patient to normally continue their day
Oral sedation involves medication taken either the night before or prior to your appointment. This form of sedation will make you less aware of your surroundings and may enable you to sleep and yet still respond to instructions. In addition, some patients often have no memory of treatment.
We will always approach your chosen method of sedation with the utmost care.
IV Moderate Conscious Sedation is administered through a vein. Patients should immediately feel the effects of this form of sedation. You are still able to breathe, swallow and respond on your own, however you may have no memory of the procedure.
Ensuring Your Safety
The safety of our patients is of the greatest importance. We will always approach your chosen method of sedation with the utmost care. We take your well being seriously and have completed specialized training for your safety. If you have selected oral conscious or IV sedation, you must arrange for a ride to and from your appointment, as you will not be able to operate a vehicle.
The Dental Button
In addition to our sedation options, our patients can enjoy the peace of mind provided by The Dental Button. This device is available for patients to hold throughout their treatment. If you become anxious, simply press the button, and we can stop treatment. While we have never had a patient actually exercise the Button, we are happy to provide our patients with an extra bit of reassurance.
A Positive Dental Experience
At the dental practice of Kenneth J. Bagby, D.D.S., P.C., we are committed to providing you with an outstanding experience. It is our goal to ensure you feel at ease in our care. Please contact us online or call us today at (406) 252-1078 to learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry or inquire about any of our dental services.