Sedation/Sleep

Safe Options for a More Comfortable Experience

Sedation dentistry is a great choice for patients who feel anxious or nervous about dental treatment. It can be a necessity for others, including those with disabilities and extreme anxiety. If you suffer from dental anxiety, if you have had a negative experience in the past, or if you simply feel nervous about your treatment, sedation dentistry can help you feel more at ease. It’s also a good choice for patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have an extremely sensitive gag reflex. Currently, there are only four Dentist Anesthesiologists in all of Montana.  Dr. Nygard is pleased to offer general anesthesia, serving the Gallatin Valley area in Montana.

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Sedation Options

  • Nitrous Oxide: A sedative gas that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled to enhance relaxation. It’s a mild form of sedation that wears off just a few minutes after we stop the flow of gas.
  • Oral Sedation*: Oral medication is taken before your treatment. By the time of your appointment, you will feel calm and at ease.
  • IV sedation*: Medication is administered intravenously. This enables our dentist to provide the sedation more quickly. We can easily control the level of sedation. As a form of conscious sedation, it will not make you unconscious, but you may feel so relaxed during your treatment that you will fall asleep.
  • General Anesthesia*: General anesthesia is when medicine is administered by an anesthesiologist through a mask or an IV placed in the vein. While the anesthesia is working, you will be in an unconscious state.
*A designated driver is required following administration.
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Who is a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

We will review your medical and health history before any sedation is administered. Most patients who want sedation can safely have this treatment, and will benefit from what it is able to do for them. Oral sedation is ideal for patients of all ages, as it is customized and personalized for those taking it. If you’ve been forgoing treatment because of fear and anxiety, oral sedation is a great option for you.

What happens during Sedation Dentistry?

You will be instructed to take a sedative pill about a half hour to an hour before your appointment. It is important that someone drives you both to and from your visit with us. The procedure is done, and you’ll be taken to one of our recovery rooms to wake up. It is still important that you have someone bring you home after treatment is done as it is unsafe to drive yourself. You can benefit from oral conscious sedation because you’re still able to stay awake for the procedure, but will be in a highly relaxed state.

If you think you might benefit from sedation dentistry, call us today, and we will be happy to further assist you.

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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who are otherwise nervous or frightened about visiting the dental office. It is also helpful for those who are having more invasive procedures done, and who would benefit from being sedated. We offer oral conscious sedation so that you won’t need to worry about having an IV or being put into a completely deep sleep. It is safe for patients of all ages, and beneficial in helping you comfortably undergo the dental treatment that is needed.

Why is Sedation Dentistry needed?

You might need sedation dentistry if you are nervous and otherwise panicked over visiting the office. If you’re going to be having oral surgery done or a more complicated procedure, we may recommend that you have sedation administered. We use oral sedation, which involves taking a medication before your appointment to relax you. You will find that it is easier and more comfortable to have work done under oral sedation.

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Dr. Justesen and Dr Nygard look forward to working with you and your family Contact Shine Dental today to schedule your first appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!