If you’re one of the estimated 50-80% of adults in the U.S. with some degree of dental anxiety, dental anesthesia is a safe and evidenced-based method to make your dental visits more pleasant. It’s also a good option for children and people with special needs to ease anxiety, which makes it easier to administer treatment. When IV sedation or general anesthesia is required, Dr. Will Winterholler works closely with a certified registered nurse anesthetist to put patients at ease in the dental chair. Over the course of his career, “Dr. Will” has seen firsthand how IV sedation benefits his patients, and he feels strongly about sharing his expertise with other dentists. He helped create a course that provides training to dentists who want to learn and incorporate IV dental anesthesia practices. Sedation provides all the benefits of restorative dental care without the memory of an uncomfortable experience. Sedation also allows most procedures to be completed in one day, which offers convenience while saving time and money. With a skilled nurse anesthetist administering safe and soothing sedation dentistry in Billings, MT and Laurel, MT, you can trust and depend on our team to take great care of your smile!
Administered intravenously, this type of dental anesthesia can put you into a sleeplike state, although you’ll likely remain awake during your procedure. Due to the amnesic effects, many patients who receive IV sedation forget parts – or the entirety! – of their treatment. IV sedation in Laurel, MT and Billings, MT is an ideal choice for more severe anxiety, or if you need complex treatments such as full mouth dental implants. Due to lingering side effects, a friend or family member will need to drive you home after your visit.
If you feel anxious about the sights, sounds or smells associated with dentistry, one of our sedation options may be the solution that keeps your teeth and gums healthy! Many patients don’t realize that receiving regular dental care can help prevent more serious dental issues, as well as systemic health conditions. Tooth decay can lead to gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. If left untreated, the bacteria from gum disease can spread throughout the body’s systems and lead to such conditions as diabetes, pregnancy complications, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and even some types of male cancers! For these quite serious reasons, we encourage everyone with dental fear to consider sedation dentistry. Most insurance companies cover some or all of the costs of sedation, especially for oral surgery and procedures on young children. We partner with multiple insurance companies, and we’ll help you file claims to ensure payment is as painless as your procedure. If you’re looking for sedation anesthesia near you in Billings, MT and Laurel, MT, you can receive the life-changing and comfortable dental care you deserve at Winterholler Dentistry & Implant Surgery!
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