Sedation Dentistry - For Patients

Sedation Choices:

Several different sedation options are available to you; they differ in ease of administration, predictability, depth of sedation, and cost. We can describe the pros and cons of each during your exam.

  • Nitrous oxide/oxygen (“laughing gas”) via a nose mask.
  • Oral sedation (tablets or liquid, swallowed or held under your tongue) with Nitrous oxide/ oxygen.
  • Intravenous sedation (minimal to moderate) via an IV in a vein.
  • General Anesthesia (technically not sedation, but included here for completeness and something that we can have done for you in the office or at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital).


The following are recognized benefits of using sedation. We cannot guarantee that they will occur. Note that if your sedation is not going smoothly, or you are requiring unsafe drug amounts to achieve or maintain a good sedation, we will stop and consider a different approach on another day.

  • Safe medications that are simple to administer, well-researched, and have short onset times.
  • Sleepiness, relaxation, and decreased anxiety.
  • Some of our sedative medications cause partial to profound amnesia of the visit, which can be very appealing. This effect is unpredictable. Assume you may have significant memory loss for 24-48 hours.
  • Less expensive and invasive than general anesthesia.

Who would benefit from sedation?

As there are many different sedation options, there are also a number of different situations in which sedation can be helpful to accomplish dental treatment.

  • If you have dental anxiety or just don't like undergoing dental procedures.
  • If you need to undergo a long or unpleasant dental treatment (like having wisdom teeth out).
  • If you have trouble getting numb.
  • If you have a medical condition that may require it.
  • Children who need dental restorations.
  • Patients with special needs.

Sedation Information

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Please don't hesitate to contact the Mint* office at 586-5880 with any questions or concerns regarding the information provided on this page.