• September 25, 2016
dental_anxiety_2 _ |Shorewood Family Dental Care _ Shorewood, IL

Hello and welcome to another September edition of the Shorewood Family Dental Care blog!

If you or someone in you love is in the throes of dental anxiety (fear of the dentist), that will not be good in the long run.

The good news for you is that we provide a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. And our dentists have incorporated the latest techniques, such as sedation dentistry, to help you and your children feel calm, comfortable, and relaxed while you are in our care.

In fact, sedation dentistry may be the key to getting you and your family the preventive dental care that you all deserve. Finding out more now can save you lots of pain and expense down the road. Keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your consultation in our Shorewood, IL dentist’s office!

Making Sense Of Dental Anxiety

Dental fear can come from a lot of places, most often your own dimly lit past.

It could be that you had a bad experience with a dentist when you were younger. Maybe that particular team was having a bad day and didn’t give you the attention (or proper numbing) that you should have gotten.

To our youngest patients the dentist office seem scary until it becomes a familiar place for them to visit.

Additionally, you may be afraid of needles, or just have a general fear of the unknown.

Maybe you are afraid to ask questions. But you can relax with us!

At Shorewood Family Dental Care, we welcome your questions. And we understand the anxiety that you are feeling. We won’t take it personally, but we will take it seriously.

By avoiding the dentist, you are only hurting yourself.

Preventive care is an essential part of our practice. We want you to have regular cleanings and exams so that we can prevent the worst things from happening.

And that’s why we offer sedation dentistry in conjunction with all of our services and for our patients of all ages.

Sedation Takes The Edge Off

We have options that vary according to your needs. For folks with moderate anxiety, nitrous oxide is usually effective. This fast-acting gas is safe for children and adults. It will ease your anxiety and allow your hygienist to give you a routine cleaning. When it’s over, we turn off the gas, and within a few minutes, you’ll be ready to go on about your business.

Patients with higher levels of anxiety may prefer oral conscious sedation. Here’s how it works: before you come to our office, you will take a pill. The effects of this type of sedation dentistry will last for hours, so you will want to line up a ride for yourself.

Patients with severe anxiety and patients who are undergoing more complex procedures may require IV sedation.

This form of sedation must be administered by a licensed professional, and our own Dr. Funk has been licensed for more than 10 years.

You most likely won’t remember your procedure, and you will definitely need a ride home.

Sign Up For Sedation!

Contact us online or by calling 815-768-1615. Dr. Funk and the rest of our Shorewood, IL dental team will give you plenty to smile about!