Have a seat. Lie back. Cuddle up with a blanket and put on a pair of headphones with your favorite music or TV show on. Enjoy your visit to… the dentist?
For many people, visiting the dentist can bring up feelings of fear and anxiety. This is a reason many people neglect their oral health and avoid receiving the dental care they need. At Felton Dental Care in Missoula, we work to ensure every single patient feels comfortable and relaxed during dental treatment. Sedation dentistry can be used for any procedure, whether you are having a general dentistry cleaning and exam or something more complex like dental crown placement.
Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your dental treatment, so we offer a variety of patient comforts, including noise-cancelling headphones, TVs, blankets and sedation dentistry to help you stay calm during your visit with us.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry where the patient is relaxed during a procedure. Different levels of dental sedation are available. At Felton Dental Care, we use nitrous oxide and conscious sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide: This type of sedation, also known as laughing gas, can help patients feel less stressed and more relaxed during their dental treatment. The odorless gas is inhaled while the dental work is occurring. The patient is still awake and can interact with the sedation dentist. The effects are short-lived and patients are able to drive themselves home after the procedure.
- Conscious Sedation: This is a deeper type of sedation in which the patient takes a pill an hour prior to treatment. In our office, we use Valium for patients who choose conscious sedation. This option produces a deeper level of sedation. You will still be conscious and able to respond to the dentist, but will be extremely relaxed and may not remember much of the dental procedure. If you choose this type of dental sedation you will need to have someone drive you home after treatment.
How Can Dental Sedation Help Me?
When a patient chooses dental sedation, Dr. Brett Felton discusses their individual needs to make sure they receive the best sedation dentistry option for them. If you are someone who has put off seeing a dentist for years, sedation dentistry can help you not only stay calm and comfortable during dental treatment, but you can also benefit from a new, healthy smile once your treatment is complete.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brett Felton, please call us today. Whether you live in Missoula, Lolo, Frenchtown or even Butte, sedation dentist Dr. Felton in Missoula can help you be comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures.