Here at our Northbrook Dentist Office we understand that for some patients dental appointments are frightening. Sometimes this fear goes back to an irrational childhood fear that has persisted unchecked into their adult years, for others it might be from a memory of a painful appointment years ago. Still others may just be anxious by nature, while some people are scared that their problematic teeth will lead to a painful experience in the chair. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to vanquish this fear, one of the simplest of which is meeting your friendly dentist in Highland Park, IL, Dr. Kacel. He is an experienced dentist who will surely put you at ease the second you walk into his office.
As with most fears, the first step is admitting that you’re afraid. Once you acknowledge you’re nervous about a dental appointment you can begin to face the problem. Whether it’s a routine cleaning to your dentist in Deerfield, IL or an emergency visit, take some time to alert the office staff about your fears and they can help you deal with them. Your hygienist and dentist can calm your fears by explaining the procedure, talking to you throughout the process, and letting you see the equipment before it’s used. Being aware of what’s happening will help you feel more in control and you won’t have to worry about the fear of the unknown during your appointment.
Perhaps you have a fear of X-rays or a sensitive gag reflex. Both of these can be discussed with Dr. Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I., before your visit. In most cases modifications can be made that will make your visit more comfortable and can get rid of many of the obstacles that make you afraid.
Most adults go to an appointment alone, but feel free to bring a family member or friend who can help you remain calm while you wait for your appointment. If there is room, your friend or loved one can remain close while you’re in the chair.
Many people who fear the dentist are worried about pain. Rest assured that your Highland Park, IL dentist has numerous options when it comes to managing pain. In addition to very gentle shots, you can take a pill like diazepam (Valium), or you can inhale a combination of oxygen and “gas”. In any case, you will still be able to answer your dentist’s questions during the procedure.
Steven Kacel. D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A D.I., longtime dentist in Highland Park, IL, is more than happy to discuss your dental anxiety and find ways to help you feel more comfortable when you visit his office. Set up your next appointment by calling (847)457-0400.