Fear no longer reason to avoid visit to dentists


Although many people associate October with Halloween and scary things, it seems that fear is keeping people from being healthy.

According to national healthcare experts, 90 million people in the U.S. don’t see a dentist regularly because of fear.

But according to a local dentist, more than 1 million people have now conquered that same fear with the help of a safe and effective treatment called oral sedation dentistry. Patients who were once anxious and fearful— and put off having their dental work completed—can receive their dental care while they are totally relaxed and comfortable.

According to Dr. Joe Mc- Cartin, a dentist in Mt. Greenwood for more than 25 years, oral sedation dentistry is not just a trend; it’s a new level of dental care.

Sedation dentistry has drawn the attention of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and it has even been featured on the “Good Morning America” TV program.

Chicag o is one of the growing areas to have a trained sedation dentist available locally. McCart in and his team have completed a comprehensive training program in sedation dentistry through DOCS Education (DOCS).

According to McCartin, his office is proud to offer the service with the goal being better dental health for local residents.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to help the people in our community with this beneficial treatment,” McCartin said. “Patients no longer have to be afraid of the dentist.”

DOCS, which was founded by Dr. Michael D. Silverman and Dr. Anthony S. Feck, has successfully trained more than 12,000 dental professionals in the United States and Canada.

McCartin said the process for patients is simple. After a careful review of the patient’s medical history, a qualified sedation dentist will choose the appropriate medication(s) and level of sedation to best meet the patient’s needs. Driven to their appointment by a companion, the patient will most likely take a single pill before arriving at the office on the day of their treatment. More medication may be given depending on the type of procedure being performed and the duration of the appointment, McCartin said.

When treatment is completed and the patient is ready to go home, the companion drives him or her home and stays with the patient until he or she is fully recovered (about four to 10 hours). According to McCartin, due to the amnesic properties of many of the medications, by the next day patients have little to no memory of their time in the dental chair.

McCartin received his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Marquette University. He earned membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon–National Dental Honor Society (top 10 percent of Dental School Graduates). He has also trained at the Dawson Center of Advanced Dental Studies.

For more information about oral sedation dentistry, people can visit the consumer Web site at sedationcare.com, call McCartin’s office, 10401 S. Kedzie Ave., at (773) 238- 2906, or visit the Web site at drjoethedentist.com.