Sedation Dentistry for a More Comfortable Dental Experience

Dr. Art Carpenter offers gentle, safe sedation for our patients to alleviate the discomfort and anxieties keeping them from undergoing procedures they need. Sedation dentistry allows patients who suffer significant dental anxiety or discomfort in the dentist chair to receive the treatments they require right away, preventing more serious problems in the future. Dr. Carpenter can discuss your sedation options for various treatments and procedures performed at our Kenilworth, IL, practice. He can help you find the right level of sedation based on your individual anxieties and the treatments needed.

How Patients Benefit from Sedation

Sedatives are an option for any patient who has dental anxieties or fears of any kind. This may extend to include fear of needles, drills, and other dental instruments. Sedation is also a great option for patients who find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time. Many patients have put off vital dental care because of anxiety over treatment or discomfort they experience while sitting in the dentist chair. Avoiding professional dental care can result in serious oral decay, damage, and health conditions that require significant restorative work to repair. Gentle, proven oral medications can eliminate your worries, both physical and emotional, allowing you to undergo the essential treatments you need to protect your oral health.

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Oral conscious sedation can help you remain comfortable during your procedure without the effects of deeper sedation.

A More Comfortable Dental Experience

Different forms of sedation dentistry use some form of medication to help patients feel calm and relaxed before and during dental procedures. Alleviated anxiety can improve treatment experience and lessen discomfort. Although there are a number of different sedation options out there, Dr. Carpenter prefers the use of oral conscious sedation, or oral sedatives. With the proper dosage, patients can feel comfortable and completely at ease while still remaining conscious. Patients can also remain stationary for longer periods of time, enabling them to undergo more extensive procedures in fewer visits. 

What You Need to Know About Oral Sedatives

Dr. Carpenter prefers to prescribe oral sedatives for his patients. This is commonly referred to as oral conscious sedation because while it will effectively lower your anxiety, you will still remain fully conscious and able to respond to directions. You must have a prescription for oral sedatives, so you will need to meet with Dr. Carpenter to discuss your needs. Based on your personal anxiety levels and the procedure you will undergo, he can prescribe an appropriate medication and specified dose.

The level of sedation you experience will depend on the dose he recommends. Oral sedatives can provide mild to moderate sedation. With a mild sedative, you are fully awake but feel entirely relaxed. You remain conscious with moderate sedatives, but you may slur your words and even have trouble remembering your procedure.

 Based on your personal anxiety levels and the procedure you will undergo, Dr. Carpenter can prescribe an appropriate medication and specified dose.

In most cases, Dr. Carpenter will advise taking a dose of sedative at home and then another once you reach our office. This means you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. He may advise patients with more serious phobias to take a sedative the night before to help calm their nerves.

Benefit from Safe, Effective Sedation Dentistry

Does the thought of going to the dentist make you feel anxious or do you find it difficult to sit for dental appointments? If so, contact us online or call our office at (847) 251-5004 to discuss your options for sedation.

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