Hospital and Sedation Dentistry
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.
Dr. Summers may recommend some patients receive a single oral medication to help you relax. The medication is taken before your procedure begins, and often times will reduce the amount of anxiety for routine dental procedures. The medication may make you feel sleepy, but typically you will not be asleep during the procedure. Taking these prescription medications require that you have a driver to and from your dental appointment.
In some cases, patients with special needs 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 . Anesthesia performed in the hospital is a very safe and effective means to complete dental treatment for patients who otherwise cannot receive services in a typical dental setting. 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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If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, call 541-926-3689 and schedule your appointment today!