Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I expect after my I.V. Sedation Appointment?

  • Go home and rest for the remainder of the day.
  • DO NOT attempt to eat a heavy meal immediately. If you are hungry, a liquid diet (liquid and toast) will be more than adequate. DO NOT SMOKE FOR 48 HOURS AFTER APPOINTMENT.
  • DO NOT perform any strenuous activity. You should remain in the company of a responsible adult for 24 hours after appointment .
  • A feeling of nausea may occasionally develop after an I.V. Sedation. The following may help: lying down for awhile and small sips of a cola beverage.
  • DO NOT drive a car for the remainder of the day.
  • DO NOT take ANY ALOCOHLIC BEVERAGES.
  • Pain medication and/or an antibiotic may have been ordered by Dr. Tentler. Take them only as directed.
  • You must be accompanied at our office by a responsible adult who can remain in office and drive the patient home after the I.V. Sedation. The patient will not be able to leave the office alone.
  • The patient is advised to wear loose fitting clothes.
  • The patient should plan to arrive in the dental office 15 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment.
  • If for any reason the patient is unable to keep the scheduled appointment, 48 hours cancellation notice must be given or an anesthesia fee will be assessed.
  • If you wear contacts, please remove them prior to your appointment.
  • Financial arrangements must be taken care of prior to any anesthesia given.

The patient should have NOTHING to EAT or DRINK after midnight the evening prior to the appointment.

If you smoke, you must refrain from smoking for 48 hours prior to the appointment.

Going to the dentist can be stressful for any child. For a special needs child, it can be traumatic. Here are some tips to help make visiting the dentist easier:

  • Try to ease anxiety and make a more pleasant link with the dentist’s office by rehearsing a dentist’s visit. The first visit is always a consultation where Dr. Tentler welcomes and invites you and your child to meet Dr. Tentler and his caring team in a stress-free and calming environment.
  • Inform the office team ahead of time and when you arrive if your child has difficulty cooperating or shows aggressive behavior so they will do their best to see your child as quickly as possible.
  • Help the dental assistant or Dr. Tentler during the exam by calming your child or assisting with procedures.
  • If available, bring a letter of medical necessity stating your child’s condition and bring these documents to the visit to give to Dr. Tentler.
  • If you can, bring another person to the dentist’s office to help with your child. This way, you don’t have to be rushed or worried about your child’s behavior while you talk with Dr. Tentler.
  • You may use this video or other books, videos, or materials to explain step-by-step and in a positive way what will happen at the dentist’s office. They also point out that most steps don’t hurt and are comfortable.

It is common and perfectly normal to have some degree of apprehension or anxiety prior to receiving dental treatment. Some people however, have stronger feeling in this regard than others. These feelings may have been produced by a less than pleasant past experience, stories told by family or friends, or by the nature of the dental procedure itself. Dental treatment may be especially frightening to young children and patients with developmental disabilities.

Whatever the cause, apprehension or anxiety , can produce many unpleasant effects including heart palpitations, high blood pressure, upset stomach and trouble sleeping the night before the appointment. Many highly apprehensive patients avoid dental care for many years until their problems become so severe that they are forced to seek emergency care.

Sedation and anesthesia can make practically all dental and oral surgery procedures more pleasant and safer for the apprehensive patient.

American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

The use of sedation and anesthesia in dentistry has a commendable record of safety. This is due to advanced training Dr. Tentler has an his commitment to your overall health.

Depending on the depth of the sedation or anesthesia being used, as well as your own medical condition, various monitors will be used during your procedure to ensure your safety. These monitors vary from automatic pressure cuffs to the use of pulse oximeters which, through a light sensor, measure the oxygen concentration in your blood. An EKG monitor is also used to monitor your heart rhythm.

In addition to the monitoring procedures, Dr. Tentler along with his trained dental assistants will always by with you and will be observing you very closly during your treatment.

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We are excited to see you and your family at our state-of-the-art dental office in Orland Park!

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Tentler & Dr. Matthew Pearce

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