Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Bob, do you ever use sedation in your office?
I do not use sedation in patient treatment. Sedation was not part of our training at the then Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago). Nitrous oxide is used by us as an analgesic raising a patient’s anxiety threshold. If a challenging patient needs to be rendered unconscious, we use the services of an anesthesiology team either in a hospital OR setting or in the office.
When should my child first go to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen starting at 12 months of age. We agree with that position and encourage parents to bring younger siblings and have them watch their older brothers and sisters go through their dental check-ups. Patients who are under two years are held on a parent's lap while tell, show, do, the exam, cleaning and fluoride treatments are initiated before the the advisory consult with the parent(s) is done.
Do you treat patients who are disabled or physically challenged?
Patients with disabilities are a large part of our practice. Probably about 55% of our population consists of boys and girls AND men and women with significant medical histories. We are honored to have them in our practice. It is what I was trained to do. I personally thank those families and practitioners who refer mentally and physically challenged patients to us. As a final note, autistic patients make up the bulk of our exceptionally, wonderful patients. I truly enjoy the challenges and rewards of special needs care!
Is there a difference between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a practitioner who has undergone additional training of two to three years at a dental school or in a hospital based program. Some pediatric dentists like myself have had post-doctorate training at both facilities. In addition, certain states like Illinois require completion of specialty boards to practice as a pediatric dentist. We enjoy working in environments which are “kid” friendly!
I haven’t been to the dentist in years and am afraid to go? Is that a problem?
When I was a child, I got “butchered” at the hands of a dentist. Hence, I can’t always say that going to the dentist as a patient is one of my favorite activities. Yet I realize that cavities and gum disease (bone loss) can develop even in a dentist’s mouth. Therefore I sit in the dental chair like everyone else. Today’s technology of drill-less cavity preparation (using ultrasonic caries removal,air abrasion or lasers), nitrous oxide analgesia, audio/video analgesia, slower-mechanical injection-pump systems, etc. make the dental experience more pleasurable. This technology is available in our office, especially for cowards like me!
Also... if financial considerations are a concern, my office is a participating member with AETNA, CIGNA, , BC/BS, GUARDIAN, METLIFE and CAERINGTON dental plans.