Patients can receive a single oral medication to help you relax. The medication is taken before your procedure begins. The medication may make you feel sleepy, but typically you will not be asleep during the procedure.
Through a mask placed over your nose, Dr. Summers can give you nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) combined with oxygen to help you relax. Unlike other forms of sedation, you may be able to drive yourself home after your procedure, as the effects tend to wear off quickly.
In some cases, patients with special needs or those with severe medical complications can be safely treated under general anesthesia at the hospital, where they are completely asleep. Dr. Summers is a residency-trained dentist with privileges at Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Hospital dentistry is available for people with special needs and in cases where medical circumstances make it unsafe to be seen in a typical dental setting.
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