- October 14, 2019
Dentophobia. It’s a big word for a common fear – going to the dentist. For some people, it is a general sense of unease about sitting down in the treatment chair and letting the dental hygienist and dentist clean and examine their teeth. For others, the feelings are more intense and can result in anxious thoughts or even physical illness.
Shorewood Family Dental Care understands. We are the Joliet family dentist for so many because we do everything we can to help our patients feel good about seeking excellent care for their oral health.
The first step is knowing that you can set up an appointment with your dentist in an office setting to discuss your concerns. Our compassionate doctors are happy to talk with you about any past bad experiences, fears you have about treatment, or any other issues that concern you about seeking dental care. All conversations are confidential.
Sedation Options for Dentophobia
If you require a dentist with sedation qualifications, Dr. Robert Funk at Shorewood Family Dental Care can help. Dr. Funk has been licensed for more than a decade to provide sedation dentistry services. He will either prescribe an oral sedation medication that you take shortly before arriving at the office. Or, for patients with more severe anxiety or for more complex procedures, IV sedation may be the preferred option.
The benefits of IV sedation are centered around getting patients who have not received dental care for many years back in the habit of regular cleanings and treatment for any lingering problems.
Sedation is available for adults age 18 and older. Nitrous oxide (aka, laughing gas) is available for younger patients as well as adults.
Family Dentist for All Ages
Don’t let dentophobia stop you from taking care of your oral health. If you have questions about how sedation dentistry might benefit you, contact your Shorewood Family Dental Care today at 815-725-5991 or book an appointment online. You can request Dr. Funk.