Category: dental treatments

Nothing to fear but fear itself – Advice for nervous patients

 

 

As a dental nurse, part of my everyday life is to help people who are nervous. Unfortunately, like death and taxes, dental work is certain in our everyday lives. For some people, the thought of walking into a dental practice would be as unthinkable as building a rocket to the moon. Pain however, will get the best of all of us, and we often see weary faces enter the clinic doors, patients suffering some pain or discomfort.

Faced with the task of removing that discomfort, I have had to learn to think outside the box in many situations. A smiling face and scented candle can only take you so far. So low and behold, please find below the best advice I can offer to those of you who lie awake for days if not weeks dreading coming to see me and experience my cheery disposition.

Number one, don’t think about it.

This sounds easier said than done, but, if most people could train their minds to not think about the dentist as much as they can train their minds to ignore the reoccurring tooth pain they have had on and off for several years, you will find anything is possible when you really try.

When we focus our attention on all of the negative aspects of coming to the dentist, the noisy drills, the clinical smell, the numb lip, it can strike fear in hearts of the bravest of people.

Therefore, the most simple and straightforward advice I can give you is to simply not think about it.

Do not analyse it. Do not talk to everyone you know about your upcoming appointment this Tuesday at 1:15. Do not think of the million treatments you will have to get done and how you are sure as soon as you sit in the dental chair all of your teeth will magically begin to fall out.  Schedule the appointment and forget about it. Simple.

Number two, don’t forget to breathe. People look at me strangely when I say this to them, but you will be surprised just how many people manage to hold their breath as soon as they enter the clinic until they leave. So much so, they could give an olympic swimmer a run for their money.

When we are faced with a scary situation, our body’s reaction is to release adrenaline in preparation for a life threatening event. In previous times, this is what allowed us to kill woolly mammoths and survive. Dentists however aren’t going to murder you, even if you are convinced they are secretly plotting to do so.

This adrenaline, races through our bodies, it makes us become tense, on high alert, listening to every small noise. It also makes us forget to breathe, and therefore the panic lasts longer becoming a vicious circle.

If we try to relax (even if it feels against our best judgement) and take some deep breaths, the effects of the adrenaline will begin to wear away. This in turn, believe it or not will allow the body – muscles, joints, nervous system to relax.

From experience, I understand asking you to participate in an impromtu yoga class while sitting in a waiting room doesn’t sound extremely appealing, but I can promise you that when your body is more relaxed the injections are easier.

People who love coming to the dentist ( they are a rare species) will back me up on this, they take them in their stride.

Number three, eat breakfast always.

As one of my favourite writers, Laura Jane Williams says; you would never send a child into school without a good nights sleep and a decent breakfast to get them through their day, so why would you treat yourself any different?

As adults, we become so occupied with how busy we are, that we forget to be kind to ourselves. If you have been dreading the dentist for several weeks and arrive to the practice tired, stressed and a bundle of nerves I can assure you the experience will seem one hundred times worse on an empty stomach.

Therefore, I cannot recommend highly enough to eat something before leaving your house, it can be ice-cream if it makes you happy, but I will promise you, fainting in the dental chair due to low blood sugar is not something you want to add to your list of to-dos nor mine. The other patients will not thank you for the delay in their busy schedules.

Number four, if all else fails, ask about sedation.

Sedation is the magical wand that can wipe away the most dental phobic of all dental phobias.

No, you are not “knocked out” as people would usually request, but you are very very sleepy.

The majority of the time you will not remember anything after drinking the sedation, but you will wake up happy knowing the dreaded dental visit has come and gone while you were blissfully sleeping, kind of like an adult version of Santa Claus.

The downside to this is you cannot be trusted for the rest of the day. You must have an chaperone to bring you home, tuck you in and make you dinner. No emails, no cooking, no school run and no, no excuses or exceptions. That’s the trade, abide by the rules. But for the most terrified of humans it is the saving grace of their oral health and also makes us dental people’s lives that tiny bit easier.

We don’t enjoy going home at the end of the day feeling like we have worried or upset people.

We are human too. So, if numbers one, two and three have all failed ask your dentist or nurse about number four. If they don’t offer sedation, ask them to refer you to someone who does.

Make your life easy, it is worth it, I promise.

Chelsey Mates

RDN TCD

Implant Retained Dentures For Patients Near Foxrock

If you’re sick of struggling with ill-fitting dentures or you’re looking for a convenient, long-term tooth replacement treatment, why not consider implant-retained dentures? These innovative prostheses offer all the benefits of denture treatment with a host of added extras.

What are implant-retained dentures?

Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are anchored by dental implants. Traditionally, dentures are held in place by the suction of the gums, but with this treatment, implants are used to secure and stabilise the denture. With implants in place to hold the denture, there is no risk of the appliance slipping or sliding.

Dental implants are small titanium appliances, which are designed as a substitute for tooth roots; they are placed inside sockets in the jaw bone and they integrate into the bone tissue, enabling them to offer the same degree of functionality as a tooth root. Once an implant has integrated into the bone, it can then be attached to the denture; implants are also compatible with dental bridges and crowns.

How could implant-retained dentures benefit me?

Implant-retained dentures offer stability, functionality and excellent aesthetics, but perhaps most importantly, they give you the peace of mind that your denture will never come loose or slide when you ear eating or speaking in public. This can be a real concern for many patients with dentures and implants are an amazing solution to many of the issues commonly brought up by denture wearers. With implants, the denture is stronger and more stable, so you can chew more powerfully and eat a wider range of foods. Implants can also lower the risk of bone loss and they are very easy to look after.

If you’d like to find out more about implant-retained dentures in Dublin18, call us now!

Everything You Need To Know About Our Amazing Dentist, Dr Paul Hooi- See Our Website For Patients Near Deansgrange

Dr Paul Hooi is an integral part of the Dublin18 Dental team and he is always there to greet patients with a smile. A warm, friendly and caring dentist, Paul is a popular choice for patients, especially those who have suffered with anxiety or nerves in the past.

Paul qualified from Trinity College Dublin after undertaking studies in engineering and design. His methodical approach and inquisitive nature has contributed to excellence in dentistry, an eye for detail and a constant desire to find out about new treatments and technology on the market.

Paul regularly attends conferences, events and courses in a bid to expand his dental horizons, learn about new treatments and maintain a commitment to continued professional development.

Treatments and services

Paul undertakes a wide range of dental treatments, procedures and services and has a broad spectrum of interests and skills. He regularly treats children and is always energetic and compassionate, which makes his very popular with our younger patients! He also offers cosmetic and restorative treatment, in addition to periodontal treatment, minor surgery and general dentistry. Paul is also experienced in treating nervous patients and provides treatment under sedation; he is always willing to make time for patients who are feeling anxious and his calming nature helps patients to feel at ease.

Paul is currently researching for a post-doctoral study and he mentors at Dublin Dental Hospital.

In addition to caring for Cabinteeely’s dental patients, Paul also has a passion for helping people in need and he visited an orphanage in Belarus in 2010 to provide treatment for children living with the effects of the Chernobyl disaster.

Emergency Dental Treatment 24/7 For Patients Near Deansgrange

At Dublin18 Dental Care, we understand that our patients are busy and also that accidents and emergencies can happen at any time. This is why we offer same-day treatment, flexible opening times and evening appointments.

Our opening hours are:

Monday 9am to 8.30pm

Tuesday 8am to 6.30pm

Wednesday 8am to 6.30pm

Thursday 8am to 8.30pm

Friday 8am to 6pm

Outside of these hours, we also offer 24 hour assistance via a portal on our website. If you need advice quickly, simply log onto the Internet, visit our website and fill out the enquiry form and we will endeavour to respond urgently.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

If you need urgent dental treatment, call us and we will do everything we can to see you as quickly as possible. If you’re in pain, don’t suffer in silence!

In the meantime, we can offer advice over the telephone and if it’s outside of working hours, we can provide advice via our website, which is accessible 24 hours a day.

Examples of dental injuries and emergency situations include broken teeth, dislodged teeth, severe dental pain, dental abscesses and toothache associated with the wisdom teeth.

Preventing dental emergencies

Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent a dental emergency; however, some accidents and illnesses can be prevented. Steps you can take include wearing a protective mouth guard when playing sport, always wearing a seatbelt, seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and getting any symptoms, such as bleeding gums and toothache, checked out, rather than leaving them. We also recommend preventative measures such as maintaining good oral hygiene at home and steering clear of foods and drinks, which can increase your risk of decay; examples include fizzy drinks, sweets and biscuits.

Implants From €2000 For Patients Near Seapoint

Dublin18 Dental Care is proud to offer patients in Seapoint amazing dental implant treatment for just €2000. This innovative treatment is an excellent solution for patients of all ages who are searching for a long-term replacement for lost natural teeth. Whether you’ve lost a tooth playing sport or you’re looking for an alternative to dentures for a full arch of missing teeth, dental implants could prove the perfect choice.

About dental implants

Dental implants are made from titanium and shaped like small screws; the aim of an implant is to replace the root section of the lost tooth. Implants are placed inside sockets in the jaw bone and then left to heal. As titanium is a biocompatible material, it integrates into the bone tissue and this allows the implant to offer the same standard of stability as a natural root.

Dental implants are the most versatile option for replacing missing teeth because they fit with different restorations and this means that they are suitable for patients with one or multiple missing teeth.

How does an implant work?

Implants are placed inside pre-drilled holes in the jaw bone and they are then left to undergo the process of osseointegration; once this is complete, the implant will have become part of the actual bone tissue and it can be attached to a new restoration to produce a strong, healthy and natural looking tooth. Implants are the closest match to a natural tooth and they also last a lot longer than bridges and dentures. As the implant takes on the role of a new root, the restoration is completely stable and this allows you to do everything you would be able to do with a natural tooth.

Am I a suitable match for treatment?

Dental implants are a suitable match for most patients; however, if you smoke heavily or you suffer from a condition, which affects bone density, there may be other options, which are better suited. If you lack bone density in the jaw bone, we may recommend bone grafting prior to treatment; this is because the implant may fail if the bone tissue is not dense enough.

To find out more and arrange a consultation to see if you’re a suitable candidate for treatment, call us today!

Crowns On The Day For Patients Near Deansgrange At Dublin18 Dental Care Now €500

At Dublin18 Dental Care we are delighted to offer same-day crowns with the help of amazing Cerec technology. We are offering this incredible treatment for just €500 this summer!

What is Cerec?

Cerec is a form of technology, which enables us to complete the entire crowning process in a single day. With Cerec, we are able to design, mill and fit a custom-designed crown on the same day, so you don’t have to wait around to enjoy the results of treatment. Cerec uses state of the art software to convert camera images of the tooth into 3D models and templates, which are sent to the on-site milling machine. The milling process takes a matter of seconds and once the new crown is ready, it can then be fitted.

What’s so good about Cerec?

There are so many benefits of having Cerec on-site. The time period for crown treatment is vastly reduced, from 2 weeks to a single treatment session, there is no need for a temporary crown and patients spend much less time in the dental chair, which is particularly advantageous for those who suffer from dental anxiety. There is also the added convenience of only needing to arrange a single appointment and patients don’t have to put up with uncomfortable process of creating putty moulds, as Cerec uses images, rather than impressions.

Cerec also enables our dentists to have more influence in the treatment process, which is very quick and accurate.

What are the advantages of crowns?

Dental crowns are designed to strengthen the teeth when they are weak as a result of decay or injury. With a crown, the tooth is stronger, more functional and more aesthetically pleasing. Our bespoke crowns create beautiful aesthetics and they are made from high quality, durable materials.

Back to School Sports Guards For Patients Near Deansgrange At Dublin18 €50

The holidays have flown by and some parents may already be planning for going back to school. If your child plays contact sports or any sport than carries a risk of dental injuries, we strongly recommend providing them with a mouth guard to take back to school with them.

We provide custom-made mouth guards in a selection of colours, patterns and designs, so you can look cool on the pitch and stand out from the crowd. Our mouth guards are bespoke for a perfect fit and you are welcome to add your own design touches.

What are the advantages of mouth guards?

Mouth guards are primarily designed to protect the teeth from injury and they can literally make the difference between keeping and losing teeth. Sport has so many benefits for health, social skills and general wellbeing, but it can be dangerous and it’s advisable to take steps to protect yourself from injury. Mouth guards help to reduce the risk of dislodged teeth, chipped and broken teeth and gum injuries.

It is possible to buy mouth guards and mould them yourself at home, but the fit is inferior to a dentist-made gum shield and this can result is soreness and irritation and prevent you from being able to give the match or game your full attention. With custom-made mouth guards, the gum shield is designed to fit the contours and shapes of the teeth perfectly, so you can concentrate on your performance without worrying about pain or your gum shield coming loose. We can also offer a range of colours to suit your preferences.

We are offering bespoke mouth guards for just €50, so call us now and book your child’s appointment to make the most of this great offer!

Implants For Patients Near Deansgrange Now €1995 At Dublin18 Dental Care

Dublin18 Dental Care is delighted to offer patients near Deansgrange amazing dental implants for a special price of just €1995. With dental implants, we are able to restore full function to the mouth and create stunning smiles, so what are you waiting for? If you have missing teeth, call us now and book your appointment to take advantage of this incredible offer.

What are dental implants and how could treatment benefit me?

Dental implants are the newest treatment on the market for missing teeth. This versatile treatment is suitable for patients of all ages with different needs and it can be used to replace any number of teeth, from a single tooth to a full arch of lost teeth. Implants are a modern, innovative and long-term term solution to dental bridges and dentures.

Implants are designed to replace the tooth root and they lie beneath the gums in the jaw bone tissue. As they are made from titanium, which is biocompatible, they are able to integrate into the bone and this provides optimum stability for the rest of the tooth, which is replaced by a new restoration. Implants are versatile because they are compatible with crowns, dentures and dental bridges.

Implants provide patients with a wide range of dental needs with a host of benefits. Implants are the nearest thing to a natural tooth and they enable you to do everything you would normally do if you had a full set of functioning natural teeth. As implants are made from titanium, they are able to integrate into the bone without causing any harm to the surrounding gum tissue or neighbouring roots. With implants, your smile is secure for years to come and the aesthetics are amazing; implants can also help to reduce bone loss and they are very easy to look after.

To find out more and set the ball rolling in the pursuit of a beautiful new smile, call us today!

 

Root Canal Treatments Near Stillorgan At Dublin18 Dental Care From €390

Root canal treatment is a highly effective dental procedure, which is used to save a tooth that has been infected. Once the infection reaches the pulp tissue, the living tissue of the tooth, often the only options are to extract the tooth or carry out root canal therapy.

Root canal treatment has something of a bad reputation and many patients assume that it’s going to be traumatic and painful; however, this is really not the case and most of our patients find the experience refreshingly painless and hassle-free. We numb the tooth prior to treatment to prevent you from feeling any pain and we recommend taking pain relief afterwards for those who have mild discomfort once the effects of the anaesthetic wear off.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a general dental procedure, which is used to treat severely decayed or damaged teeth. This treatment is generally recommended once an infection has spread to the pulp; the pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels and once it is infected, the tooth starts to die and there is a real risk of abscesses forming. Root canal treatment is a means of stemming the spread of infection and protecting the tooth. It is often the only alternative to extraction.

Before you have root canal treatment, local anaesthetic will be used to numb the tooth completely and block any pain. Your dentist will drill into the tooth to access the root canals and then remove the decayed pulp tissue; once the tooth is clean and free from decay, the root canals will be sealed using dental material. In most cases, a new crow is placed on the tooth after root canal treatment; this helps to make the tooth stronger and also improves the aesthetic of your smile.

If you’d like to find out more about root canal treatment, or you are a nervous patient and you would like advice about undergoing root canal therapy or information about treatment at Dublin18 Dental Care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or pop in and see us.

Composite Fillings From €90 At Dublin18 Dental Care Near Dun Laoghaire

At Dublin18 Dental Care we provide composite fillings, also known as white fillings, from just €90.  We are proud to be an amalgam-free dental practice and look forward to restoring your teeth without impairing the natural beauty of your smile.

About white fillings

White fillings are very popular now, as many people are willing to pay a little more for natural looking aesthetics and there are concerns about the safety of mercury amalgam filings. White fillings are made from resins and dental composite, which is matched to the natural shade of your tooth for a flawless finish. Composite is safe and durable, and white fillings are an excellent option for patients who have cavities and signs of tooth decay.

Many patients are choosing to replace existing mercury amalgam fillings with composite filings because they are safer in terms of your health and the environment.

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

The most obvious advantage of composite fillings is the aesthetic; with metal amalgam fillings, you can clearly see the filling when you smile or open your mouth to speak, yawn or cough. With a white filling, the filling blends in with your natural tooth and it’s impossible to notice the difference.

Technology has advanced significantly in a relatively short period of time and modern materials are much tougher and more durable than those of old; white fillings are suitable for most teeth and they should last around 7-10 years. These fillings are also completely harmless for your health and they are more environmentally friendly than metal amalgam fillings.

What happens when you have a filling?

Before you have a tooth filled, it will be numbed using local anaesthetic, so you don’t need to worry about feeling any pain. Your dentist will remove any decayed tissue from the tooth and then clean the cavity completely; once bonding agent has been applied to the tooth, the composite is placed inside the cavity and shaped to fill the hole. Once the filling is in place, the composite is set using a curing light.