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Sedation Dentistry

Going to the dentist can be nerve-wracking, even for the simplest of procedures.

Thankfully, there is a method our dentist, Art Carpenter, DDS, uses to safely relax his patients: oral conscious sedation.

For easier treatment at our Kenilworth, IL, dental practice, talk to us about sedation dentistry.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?


Sedation dentistry allows patients who suffer significant dental anxiety or discomfort in the dentist's chair to receive the treatments they require right away, preventing more serious problems in the future. 

Don't Let Fear or Pain Prevent You From Dental Care

What kind of sedation dentistry do you use?

Simpler Methods, Strong Results Using Oral Conscious Sedation

Our Kenilworth, IL, dentistry practice oral offers oral conscious sedation for less intensive but enormously effective calming.

Oral conscious sedation involves a pill or several pills. This medication will keep you awake, but you will not feel the anxiety or pain you may typically associate with a dental visit.

Although there are a number of different sedation options out there, Dr. Carpenter prefers the use of oral conscious sedation — oral sedatives. It's a less intensive yet remarkably helpful alternative to nitrous oxide.

Our dentist 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.

"10+ years and counting, won’t drive anywhere else." Reassuring Words From Our Kenilworth, IL, Patients


Harry Linton


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Dr Carpenter is the best. I went there because I was afraid of going to the dentist but Dr Carpenter rocks. Absolutely no pain. I had to get dentures and the patience and professionalism was superb The staff is very friendly and helpful. The small office is so welcoming and pleasant. I have a dentist for life now as the youth say ‘my new bff’

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Michael Puffer


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10+ years and counting, won’t drive anywhere else. Always a pleasant experience and any post visit issues come with Doc offering his mobile number should something present a problem after hours. Kind of place you get there early just to catch up with the staff. 

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What You Need to Know
About Oral Sedatives:

Our Preferred Method

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.

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 may slur your words and even have trouble remembering your procedure.

The 3 Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation

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1. Decreased Anxiety

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.

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2. Higher Tolerance

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.

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3. Simpler Sedation

You do not need heavy sedation options like nitrous oxide to stay comfortable at the dentist. Oral conscious sedation can help you remain comfortable during your procedure without the monitoring or possible side effects of deeper sedation.

Welcome to Our Dental Practice

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Our office was founded in 1998. If you need dental care, we offer quality treatment with the comfort you deserve.

Choose a Dentist That Works Hard to Keep You Comfortable

Going to the dentist can involve a lot of trust. Dr. Carpenter will show you that yours is well-placed.

He offers gentle, safe sedation for our patients to alleviate the discomfort and anxieties keeping them from undergoing procedures they need. Dr. Carpenter also values continued education.

Our dentist enjoys learning about newer, more advanced dental methods, so that his patients always receive a high standard of care. Then, he passes on that information to his patients, allowing them to better care for their teeth.

To learn more about treatment, sedation, or making an appointment, contact our Kenilworth, IL, dentistry office. You can also call

(847) 251-5004

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For a dentist that cares both for your teeth and for you as a person, look no further than Dr. Carpenter. You can visit him in the Evanston area.

How Does Dr. Carpenter Prescribe Oral Sedatives?

Dr. Carpenter offers individualized treatment for all his patients. He works hard to ensure that you receive care based on your specific needs — and that includes sedation.
Dr. Carpenter offers individualized treatment for all his patients. He works hard to ensure that you receive care based on your specific needs — and that includes sedation.


You must have a prescription for oral sedatives, so you will need to meet with Dr. Carpenter at our Kenilworth, IL, office to discuss your needs. He will assess them carefully during this consultation.


You should also tell him about any medications you take. This can prevent unwanted reactions. If you're worried you can't remember the name, write it down on paper or make a note in your phone.


Based on your personal anxiety levels and the procedure you will undergo, he can prescribe an appropriate medication and specified dose. Feel free to ask questions on anything during the process.

Will I Need Someone to Drive Me?

Yes, you will need to have someone drive you to our dental office and back home again. Oral conscious sedation will keep you calm and even unaware during your appointment.

Because it will likely be effective before and during your dental visit, you will need to take precautions. Your safety is important to us — and we're happy to explain how to best take care of yourself during this process.

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

The most exciting part about oral conscious sedation? The fact that it makes dentistry procedures possible again for anxious patients.

"Best dentist ever!!!" Let Our Kenilworth, IL, Patients Put You at Ease


Lizbeth Silva


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Best dentist ever!!! Would come here any day for checkups and wash

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Meredith Rives


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High quality, thorough care matched with excellent communication and expertise. Highly recommend Dr. Carpenter and his wonderful staff.

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Financing That Can Make You Smile Again

Another worry that many patients face is cost. We want to make going to the dentist as stress-free as possible, which is why we accept CareCredit® financing.

They can create a payment plan for whatever costs insurance does not cover. That way, everyone can afford a beautiful and healthy smile.

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Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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"We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!"

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