Sedation Dentistry

We use advanced sedation dentistry for a wide variety of in-house services. Our goal is to ensure you are comfortable, calm and relaxed through any dental treatment or dental procedure. Our team will work closely with you to assess what fears you may have and determine a treatment option that feels comfortable for you.

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 offer sedation dentistry options like IV sedation, a safe and effective way to slip into a state of deep relaxation during your treatment. 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. Don’t let dental anxiety hold you back from achieving a healthy, beautiful smile – ask us about IV sedation at your next appointment and experience dentistry in a whole new light.

IV Sedation is the safest method of sedation because the medications can be tailored to each patient’s own levels extremely quickly. This method requires a driver to and from the appointment and is available for healthy individuals with no major health conditions. The patient will feel a little pinch in the arm and then the medications will create a full-sleep appointment with no memory of anything for the patient.

Up close picture of an IV bag.

Prepare For Your Procedure

It’s important that you follow our instructions when preparing for your appointment where IV sedation will be in use.

  • Make sure you are healthy. If any symptoms of a head or chest cold are present prior to your appointment, we may want to reschedule your procedure.
  • 8 hour fast. No eating anything 8 hours prior to the appointment. You may drink water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee (no cream or sugar) up to 3 hours prior to the appointment. All other liquids/solids MUST be stopped 8 hours prior.
  • Dress comfortably. No tight clothes or long-sleeved tops as access to the arm is needed for the blood pressure cuff.
  • NO fingernail polish. Remove all forms of fingernail polish so it does not interfere with the equipment.
  • Must have a designated driver. Someone will need to drive you to your appointment and drive you home. This person MUST remain in the office or vehicle during the procedure and we ask they do not run any errands during this time. This person is your responsible party.
    • If you are under the age of 19, this must be your parent or guardian.
  • Designate a caretaker. We ask that someone remain with you for at least 4 hours following the procedure.
  • For 24 hours, no driving, operating machinery (including lawnmowers, tractors, etc…), or power tools.

Patient chair at Montana Dental Arts in Missoula, Montana



  • Is dental sedation safe?

    Yes! Sedation is a very safe option for those with dental anxiety. After a discussion with Dr. Wilcox—we will find the best route for you that is safe, but also allows you the peace of mind that you will not experience any anxiety or fear around the dental procedure.

  • Will I be unconscious during the procedure?

    No—you won’t actually be unconscious, but you’ll sleep through the procedure and will have little or no memory of it.

  • Will I be awake? What will I hear?

    Under IV sedation, you will not hear any of the noises that occur. This is the highest level of sedation and you will leave with little or no memory of the procedure.

  • Do I need a driver?

    For IV sedation you will need a driver before and after the procedure, as well as someone to help bring you home and stay with you for a couple of hours after the procedure. The medications that are used in IV sedation make it dangerous for you to be driving afterward.

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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