COVID-19 Update and Letter From The Practice

Our Offices Are Now Open

As we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we have updated our preventative measures to protect patients and staff.

View the: Enhanced Patient Protection Plan or call the office at (847) 251-5004  for more information.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and not been overly stressed with all the challenges we have all had over the last two months. Fortunately none of us or our families have had their health directly effected by COVID - 19. For those of you that have had any deaths or sickness in your family and friends we empathize with your pain or loss. For those of you that have had your livelihood and business effected and felt the humiliation and frustration of being told the hard work you have done to further your career and support yourself and your family is considered an extremely insulting term “non essential” we understand your frustration. What we are going through is not the “new normal” it is what we have to endure for now but we are all starting the road back to normalcy that we all crave.

We are considered essential healthcare business so we have been open and have seen many of you. We were only open to see patients with pain, infection, swelling and trauma. Under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health we are now clear to resume a full range of dental services. We will highlight temporary changes on the included overview page. We will have a backlog of patients for awhile so if you were one of the hundreds of our guests who had their appointments cancelled with no future appointment made we will be contacting you.

I realize more than ever that all of us at the office miss everyone dearly and it has been difficult not using the talents we have been given to serve you. I just turned 50 and now I definitely realize I am nowhere near retirement and not close to being ready. For now dropping into our office to talk, read magazines, grabbing a cup of coffee is not possible. Hugs and handshakes are gone for now too but we will not live in a dehumanized society void of human touch forever.

Since we are a small boutique dental office we are uniquely qualified to thrive during the shadow of COVID - 19. We are not a clinic so we do not see multiple patients at once and we have private enclosed treatment rooms. As a dentist I have always practiced under universal precautions so the steps we have always had the proper protocol in place but we are enhancing and taken further precautions above and beyond what the Center for Disease Control recommends. Your safety and our dedicated staff’s safety is and always will be our top priority.

It is understandable if some of you still have concerns or health issues that cause you concern. Feel free to ask any questions about our cleanliness and enhanced infection control protocols. Common sense guideline have always been in place such as if you are sick or with a fever do not come to the office. I cannot think of another step we can take to ensure your safety and the staff’s safety and to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID - 19. Your health and safety is of utmost concern and is in excellent hands. No one at our office would have it any other way. Just as with previous financial crises some of you may have had your business decimated or income negatively effected. As our valued guests please do not hesitate or be embarrassed to seek treatment or receive care. Please discuss that with us. We will take care of you! It is an honor to take care of everyone and look forward to seeing everyone back at the office. Stay healthy!

Art, Cynde, Courtney, Oksana, Geila and Kim

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.

Art Carpenter, DDS, LTD

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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