Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety. They’ll tense up just thinking about an ordinary exam; the idea of a more complicated procedure, like a dental implant, can send their stress level through the roof. Sedation dentistry from Neal C. Johnson DMD in Billings can get them through it.
Dental implants are actually a rather straightforward procedure. A titanium post (the actual implant) is inserted into the jaw, where it gradually fuses with the bone. Once that happens it becomes a solid foundation for an artificial tooth.
Placing the titanium post may be rather straightforward, but for some patients, the thought is almost unbearable. Sedation can get them through it.
We offer three types: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.
- Nitrous oxide has a long history in dentistry. Better known as laughing gas, it works quickly to relax you, and wears off quickly. It is very effective, for most patients.
- Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescribed sedative an hour or so before the procedure. The patient remains awake, but in a deep state of relaxation. They’ll need someone to escort them to and from our office.
- IV Sedation. As the name implies, this is administered intravenously. Most patients stay awake during IV sedation, but in a much deeper state of relaxation than with oral conscious sedation. An escort is required for this, too.
A dental implant from Neal C. Johnson DMD in Billings can make a huge difference in your life, and sedation dentistry can help. Our patients come here from Lockwood, Billings Heights, and Laurel. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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