Dental Sedation allows patients to receive their needed dental care while remaining comfortable. Most patients have some form of fear or anxiety associated with dental treatment. At Alpine Family Dental, we strive to maintain an environment where patients remain relaxed throughout their appointment. We are able to tailor the appropriate form of sedation to the patient's needs. The following sedation options are available in our office:
Intravenous (IV) Sedation:
IV conscious (moderate) sedation is very safe and effective. The drug(s) are administered incrementally to their ideal effect, unlike the use of pills taken once orally. Patients are still able to respond to verbal or light tactile stimuli, as regulated by the Montana Board of Dentistry. Although patients aren't "put to sleep," many patients are so relaxed that they doze through their appointment. Additionally, most patients have partial or total amnesia. We monitor the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, and CO2/O2 saturation throughout the entire appointment. Dr. Eller underwent more than one hundred hours of specialized training in IV conscious sedation, as well as certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Needle phobic? Don't worry. Premedication allows patients to walk in the door feeling comfortable, relaxed, and tolerant for the start of the IV. Patients are required to have an escort home.
Oral Conscious Sedation:
Oral sedation produces a deep level of relaxation for patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety. Following drug administration in our office, the patient becomes relaxed and develops a diminished awareness. Throughout the appointment, we monitor the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. Most of our patients will rest comfortably through their appointment. Patients are required to have an escort home.
Inhalation Anesthesia Sedation:
The most commonly used inhalation agent is Nitrous Oxide, also known as “laughing gas.” Nitrous Oxide is a sedating gas combined with oxygen to make patients feel more comfortable during dental treatment. A small mask is fitted over the patient’s nose allowing them to breathe freely. Most patients on Nitrous Oxide experience a feeling of wellbeing. Nitrous Oxide has rapid onset and its lack of lingering effects allows patients to drive home with no “hangover.”
* Some patients with remarkable dental anxiety or certain medical conditions require levels of sedation deeper than we are licensed to provide. In this case, we utilize a Dentist Anesthesiologist in our office.
Please call our office at (406)752-1107 with any questions regarding sedation.