IV Sedation Dentistry

Transform your dental experience with IV Sedation Dentistry in Missoula, MT, from Montana Dental Arts. Experience a serene, anxiety-free visit for your utmost comfort.

IV Sedation at Montana Dental Arts in Missoula, MT

At Montana Dental Arts, we understand that visiting the dentist can be stressful, especially for those with dental anxiety. That’s why we’re proud to offer IV Sedation Dentistry, a safe and effective way to receive dental care in complete relaxation. Through an IV line, you’ll receive medication that eases your worries, leaving you feeling comfortable and detached from the sights and sounds around you. No more white-knuckling the armrest or flinching at drills. IV sedation makes even complex procedures feel like a peaceful nap, and with our qualified team monitoring your vitals throughout, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

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Meet Your IV Sedation Specialist

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Dr. Wilcox

Dr. Wilcox has completed sedation training in dental school at the University of Pittsburgh, during residency at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, including rotations at University Medical Center Southern Nevada and Nellis Airforce Base and sedation training through the Academy of Dental and Medical Anesthesia.

Preparing for Your Procedure

Ahead of your upcoming appointment involving IV sedation, it’s essential to prepare effectively. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Ensure your well-being: If you’re experiencing symptoms of a head or chest cold, rescheduling may be necessary to ensure optimal safety.
  • Maintain an 8-hour fast: Refrain from consuming any food for at least 8 hours before your appointment. However, you may drink water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee (without cream or sugar) up to 3 hours before. All other food and beverages MUST be avoided 8 hours prior.
  • Opt for comfortable attire: Avoid tight-fitting clothes or long-sleeved tops, as accessibility to your arm is required for the blood pressure cuff.
  • No fingernail polish allowed: Remove all nail polish to prevent any interference with the equipment.
  • Arrange for transportation: It’s imperative to have a designated driver accompany you to and from your appointment. This individual must remain present either in the office or vehicle during the procedure and refrain from running errands. If you’re under 18, this must be a parent or guardian.
  • Assign a caregiver: We recommend having someone stay with you for at least 24 hours post-procedure.
  • Avoid driving: operating machinery or using power tools is prohibited for 24 hours following the procedure, including activities such as mowing the lawn or operating tractors. Drowsiness can be experienced for up to 48 hours after the procedure. 

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Considering Sedation Alternatives?

Montana Dental Arts offers alternatives tailored to your needs if you’re considering sedation for your dental treatment but are unsure if IV sedation is right for you. If you have questions about the sedation alternatives offered at our practice, call us, and we’ll be happy to discuss them further.

Local Anesthesia: Also known as “novocaine,” this option involves numbing the treatment area, allowing patients to remain awake during the procedure. Many patients find themselves drifting off during treatment, and they are typically able to drive themselves home afterward.

Prescription Anxiety Medication: If you’re seeking a more relaxed experience without the need for IV sedation, a prescription pill can help take the edge off. Administered before your appointment, this medication often induces a state of relaxation, with patients sometimes falling asleep during treatment. However, they typically don’t recall the details the following day. This option requires arranging transportation to and from your appointment to ensure your safety. We can call in the prescription to your pharmacy before your treatment for added convenience.

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  • Is dental sedation safe?

    Yes! Sedation is an entirely safe and effective option for those with dental anxiety. Once we discuss your concerns with Dr. Wilcox, we'll select the best method for you to ensure your complete safety. You can rest assured that you'll be able to undergo the dental procedure without experiencing any anxiety or fear.

  • Will I be unconscious during the procedure? How will I feel during treatment?

    Moderate sedation offers a balance - patients are relaxed, yet cognizant enough to co-operate. The primary benefit of moderate sedation is the alleviation of anxiety, allowing patients to undergo vital dental procedures without debilitating fear.

  • How much does IV sedation cost?

    This is variable depending on the duration of your unique treatment and possible coverage by your dental insurance benefits. To get an estimate and discuss financing more in-depth, please contact our office today and we will be happy to answer any questions you have!

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  • Do I need a driver?

    If you're planning to undergo IV sedation, you must have a designated driver with you before and after the procedure. The medication used during IV sedation can make it unsafe for you to drive. Also, you will need someone to help you get back home and stay with you for a few hours after the procedure to ensure your safety.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about sedation dentistry, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further!

Montana Dental Arts

1920 S Russell St.
Missoula, MT 59801
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Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: Closed



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