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.
Many people with fear or anxiety about dental treatment find that IV sedation allows them to overcome that barrier to good oral health. Dr. Summers can give you a sedative through an IV. This is a safe and accurate method to provide the most relaxing dental experience. Although IV sedation is inaccurately referred to as sleep dentistry, you may feel like you were asleep, but you will still be able to respond to Dr. Summers and will likely not remember the procedure.
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 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.