An early childhood experience at the dentist or a complex procedure many years ago may have triggered a dental phobia. However, many of the fears that were grounded in some sort of truth now are no longer true or relevant. Training, techniques and technologies have all advanced in the last decade so that you can now experience pain free dentistry.
The first thing we do is provide you with a relaxing environment and friendly staff who will welcome you from the start and let you know you’re in safe hands.
We believe that communication is the key and we always allow time before your treatment to explain what will happen and answer any questions you may have to help put you in control.
Decayed or damaged teeth can cause sensitivity or pain. They are susceptible to infection and if left unchecked this infection can spread to the root of the tooth which commonly causes significant pain and discomfort. By seeing our patients regularly for routine examinations and hygiene appointments we endeavour to prevent problems occurring or at least catch them in the early stages and thus avoiding painful teeth and gums.
A common dental phobia is a fear of injections. For some treatments anaesthesia is essential to provide a comfortable and pain free experience. We don’t try to rush and always allow plenty of time for the anaesthesia to work. We are confident that with taking our time, using topical numbing gel and having a skilled technique we can provide a comfortable injection for most patients. However we do also routinely offer the WAND™ as an alternative to the traditional syringe. This is a computer controlled dental injection system from America.
Discomfort experienced during an injection is not usually due to the needle itself (which tends to be very fine) but rather the way in which the anaesthesia is delivered through the needle. With the WAND™ the flow of anaesthesia is computer controlled so delivered at perfect speed and therefore without discomfort. The WAND™ is particularly popular with our more anxious patients and with children.
We find that an increasing number of patients routinely put up with headaches along with neck and shoulder pain as the cause is unknown. This pain and discomfort often originates from the muscles attached to the jaw or from the jaw joint itself and may be caused by the clenching or grinding of teeth especially when sleeping. Stress often accentuates the situation. Accurate diagnosis of this problem and the provision of a custom fit mouth guard can often completely eliminate the associated pain.