We work with a number of Montana dentists to make your appointments more comfortable. Explore the sedation and anesthesia options for your dental visits.

Minimal Sedation:

Minimal sedation (often referred to “sleep dentistry”) is a minimally depressed level of consciousness where a patient is relaxed but completely aware of their surroundings. Minimal sedation is often all a patient will require to help them feel comfortable while at the dentist, but this is not always the case. Three commonly used drugs for minimal sedation include valium, midazolam or triazolam, all of which are given to the patient by mouth.  Oxygen with nitrous oxide may also be used to help the effects of the drug.  Breathing and heart functions are not effected with minimal sedation.  Please contact Dr. Klise for any further questions regarding minimal sedation.

Moderate Sedation:

With moderate sedation a patient is sedated to a greater extent than minimal sedation but remains responsive to questions and their surroundings with minimal or no stimulation. Patients are more relaxed than with minimal sedation and do not recall what is happening around them.  Although not always successful, moderate sedation may again be all a patient needs to help them through a dental appointment.  Although drugs can be administered by mouth, through an IV or a combination of both, the IV route is usually chosen.  Oxygen and nitrous oxide are often used to help the effects of the drug(s) and like minimal sedation, breathing and heart functions are not effected.

Deep Sedation or General Anesthesia:

Deep sedation and general anesthesia are very similar in description.  So they are defined and treated as the same with subtle differences.  During deep sedation or general anesthesia patients are heavily sedated, are not easily aroused, will not recall their surroundings and will respond only to repeated or painful stimulation. Many different drugs and combinations of drugs can be utilized to achieve deep sedation or general anesthesia.  Drugs are delivered intravenously (with an IV), by breathing a gas or a combination of both.  For safety and drug delivery, IV’s must always be in place for these types of anesthesia. Airway and breathing functions are easily effected as well as heart function to a lesser degree, requiring a high level of observation.