Category: general dentistry

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

Rugby And GAA Sports Guards At Dublin18 Dental Care For Patients Near Dalkey Only €60

While sport can be exhilarating and exciting, it can also be dangerous and this is why we offer custom-made high performance mouth guards. With a mouth guard in place, there is a much lower risk of injury to the teeth and you can enjoy the game and give it your all without worrying about losing or breaking a tooth.

Our mouth guards

We provide bespoke mouth guards for amateur and elite athletes from €60. Our mouth guards are made from high grade materials and comply with IRFU standards to provide protection for the teeth and gums and ensure optimum comfort.

We create mouth guards based on impressions of your mouth to ensure that they fit perfectly and we offer a range of colours and designs, so you can as bright and bold as you like!

We welcome the decision from the GAA to prevent players from taking part without a gum shield and encourage anyone who participates in a contact or fighting sport to wear a mouth guard. Without a mouth guard, there is a very good chance that you could suffer an injury, which will require urgent dental treatment.

Who should wear a mouth guard?

Mouth guards are advisable for anyone who plays a sport that carries a risk of dental injury; this applies to children, amateurs, professionals and even those who just enjoy a kick about with friends now and again. You never know when an accident may happen, so resist the temptation to assume that you’ll be fine and always ensure that you have your mouth guard with you. We recommend mouth guards for anyone who participates in boxing, martial arts, wrestling, lacrosse, Gaelic football, rugby league, rugby union, field hockey and ice hockey.

 

Emergency Care For Patients Near Deansgrange At Dublin18 Dental Care 24/Hours A Day

At Dublin18 Dental Care we know all too well that accidents can happen at any time and this is why we are on hand to provide 24 hour assistance for our patients.

Emergency dental care at Dublin18 Dental Care

We offer same-day urgent appointments for patients who require emergency dental care, as well as 24 hour assistance through our website. If the practice is closed and you need help or advice, simply fill in the enquiry form online through our website and one of our team will get back to you as quickly as they can. This service operates 7 days a week. We also operate an emergency telephone service and any calls to the practice will be diverted to the emergency mobile for the dentist on call to answer.

If you’re in pain and you can’t stand it any more or you’ve suffered an accident, we are here to help, so don’t suffer in silence.

Dental emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them and include chipped and fractured teeth, severe dental pain and dislodged teeth. If you have sudden dental pain, which is very severe, you have lost a tooth or you fear a tooth may be broken, it is best to seek urgent advice. Call the surgery and we will do our best to arrange an appointment for you as quickly as possible and relieve your pain. We can also offer self-help advice, such as applying an ice pack to the tooth or taking over the counter pain relief to make you feel more comfortable in the meantime.

If you’ve lost a tooth in an accident or while playing sport, it may be possible for us to save the tooth and secure it back into its socket. Call ahead and get to us as quickly as you can and our dental team will do their best to re-implant the tooth. While you make your way to us, place the tooth in a glass of milk or hold it carefully between the gum and the cheek; this helps to keep the tooth moist.

Back to School Dental Check Ups For Patients Near Deansgrange At Dublin18 Dental Care Now €60 Including A Polish

The school holidays are in full swing, so what better time to arrange your child’s next check-up? During the summer break, we will be offering routine appointments for all the family and we look forward to catching up with you and your children. At the moment, we are offering a special price of €60 for back-to-school check-ups and a polish.

Children’s dental checks

Children’s dental checks are really important, not just for identifying possible danger signs of cavities, but also to enable us to keep an eye on tooth growth and development. We recommend regular check-ups for patients of all ages and we always look forward to seeing our younger patients. Ideally, we like to see children every 6 months from the age of 12-24 months.

Some people assume that dental checks aren’t important for children because their milk teeth are supposed to fall out anyway, but this is not the case and routine check-ups are essential for good oral health. Children who visit a dentist on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from decay and lose their teeth prematurely, which reduces the risk of problems during adulthood and orthodontic issues.

What happens during a check-up?

Check-ups are straightforward and painless and they only take a few minutes. We strive to ensure that our check-ups for kids are really fun and we understand that some of our smaller patients can be a little apprehensive. Our dentists and nurses are very friendly and lively and they will do everything they can to help children settle and ensure they enjoy their time at Dublin18 Dental Care.

During a check-up, the dentist will have a good look at the child’s teeth, check their gums and tongue and record any changes in their notes. As children’s teeth are still growing and milk teeth are falling out and being replaced with adult teeth, it’s important to take note of differences from the last check-up and keep an eye on the alignment of the teeth and the development of the adult teeth. Our dentists also look out for early warning signs of tooth decay and cavities and they are able to provide advice for adults and children about teeth cleaning and diet.

 

Hygienist Visits Near Donnybrook At Dublin18 Dental Care From €50

Our amazing hygienists are an integral part of the Dublin18 team and we cannot stress the benefit of seeing a hygienist on a regular basis enough! If you’re eager to keep on top of oral health problems, prevent pain, welling and sensitivity ad keep your teeth looking beautiful bright and white, make sure you make regular hygiene sessions part of your plans.

The importance of hygienist visits

Dental hygienists play a very important role in the treatment of advanced gum disease, but they can also be hugely beneficial to patients who have good oral health and simply want to keep things that way. Hygienists are trained to provide oral hygiene treatments, which remove bacteria and plaque from the mouth and polish and clean your teeth to make them sparkle and shine. Cleaning treatments remove surface stains and provide a very deep clean, which helps to prevent decay and gum disease.

For younger patients, preventative treatments are highly recommended. Fluoride varnish and sealant treatments help to strengthen and protect the teeth and reduce the risk of cavities.

Hygiene sessions are particularly important for patients who have symptoms of oral health problems and existing conditions, such as gum disease. Our hygienists work in close contact with our dentists to provide first class standards of care and ensure that you are free from pain and discomfort. If you have gum disease or you are at risk of gum disease, we recommend regular hygiene sessions throughout the year.

Our team of hygienists is available from Monday through to Thursday with flexible late morning and early evening appointments on offer for those with a busy work schedule.

 

To find out more about our hygiene services and book an appointment with one of our highly trained hygienists, simply give us a call today!

 

Facebook At Dublin18 Dental Care Near Deansgrange

At Dublin18 Dental Care we like to move with the times and we enjoy connecting with our patients via social media. Our Facebook page enables us to keep in contact with our clients, update them on our services and offers and post details of exciting events and news. Have you joined our Facebook page yet at Dublin18 Dental Care? If not, what are you waiting for? All you need to do is follow the link and press ‘like’: https://www.facebook.com/Dublin18dentalcare

Why you should follow us on Facebook!

We love to keep in touch with you and Facebook is an easy, simple and quick way for us to inform you of our latest offers and news. We post regular updates and also give you details about special discounted rates, monthly competitions and staff news. By liking our Facebook page, you can follow all our latest news on our beautiful new surroundings at Dublin18 Dental Care.  Look out for deals on the treatments you’ve been thinking about for a while, watch out for summer offers and learn more about the practice and the treatments and services we offer. Ask us questions or simply send us a message and we’ll do our best to get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Once you’ve liked our page, our updates and posts will appear on your news feed and you can also visit our page any time you like.

To find out more, visit our Facebook page or simply give us a call or pop in and speak to our friendly reception team. We look forward to seeing you on Facebook soon!

 

 

 

Check Up And Teeth Cleaning For €60 At Dublin18 Dental Care For Patients Near Dublin18

Are you thinking about packing your bags and heading off on holidays this year? Have you got your passport, printed your boarding pass and sorted your holiday wardrobe? Have you remembered to book your pre-holiday check-up? If not, call us now! The last thing you want is a dental injury! Don’t experience a toothache while abroad- book in with us today and take advantage of our amazing pre holiday check up and a full teeth cleaning for just €60.  This offer will run for two weeks only so book now to avoid disappointment. Call our team on 01 2354631!

The importance of pre-holiday dental checks

The last thing you want when you saved all year and looked forward to a relaxing sun-drenched break with the family or your partner is to be sat by the pool nursing a broken tooth or laid up in bed with toothache. We advise all our patients to keep up to date with their dental check-ups and if you’re heading overseas and you haven’t been to see us for a while, now is the perfect time to arrange your appointment. Check-ups allow us to identify any issues and have a good look at your teeth to make sure they are in good condition. If we spot problems or warning signs, we can then treat them before you head off on your holidays to make sure you can enjoy the sun and make the most of your time off.

At the moment, we are offering a special price of just 60 Euros for a check-up and a full tooth cleaning treatment, but appointments are going fast, so call us now! Our cleaning treatments will ensure your smile looks beautiful and bright in perfect time for those holiday snaps!

 

 

Fissure Sealants For Children Near Blackrock At Dublin18 Dental Care

Your oral health is our priority and we do everything we can to ensure that our patients have the best chance of keeping oral diseases at bay. We offer a range of dental hygiene and preventative dental services, including fissure sealant treatment for children. If you would like to book your child in for treatment during the summer holidays, call us and arrange an appointment today!

What is fissure sealant treatment?

Fissure sealant treatment is a means of reducing the risk of tooth decay in children. It involves applying a plastic coating on the biting surface of tooth, which is known as fissure sealant. The sealant covers the fissures, tiny cracks in the tooth surface, to form a barrier between the teeth and bacteria and food debris. With sealants in place, it is much harder for food to become trapped in the fissures and this lowers the risk of cavities forming. This treatment is usually used on the back teeth, which are involved in chewing and breaking up food.

How does fissure sealant treatment work?

Fissure sealant treatment is quick, painless and very effective. Treatment takes less than half an hour and there is absolutely no pain involved, no drilling and no scary injections! The sealant is applied to the teeth once they have been cleaned thoroughly and it is then set firm using a light; at this stage, your child will be asked to pop on a pair of protective goggles.

What are the benefits of fissure sealant treatment?

Fissure sealant treatment is a really effective means of reducing the risk of decay in children and it is quick, simple and safe. Children are able to enjoy the benefits of treatment without worrying about pain and the results of treatment last a long time.

Hygienist Visits At Dublin18 Dental Care Is Important For Both Adults And Children Near Deansgrange

Our amazing dental hygienists offer an array of important and effective services to help you enjoy good oral health. From the treatment of gum disease and bad breath, to preventative measures to keep decay away, seeing a dental hygienist has a host of benefits for patients of all ages.

Dental hygiene for adults

Even if you have bright, healthy teeth, you can still benefit from seeing a dental hygienist on a regular basis. Hygienists provide powerful cleaning to polish your teeth, remove surface stains and take bacteria out of the mouth and they are also heavily involved in the treatment of existing oral health issues, including gum disease and bad breath using methods such as scale and polish treatment. Scale and polish is a really intensive and effective cleaning method, which is used for removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line and giving the teeth a lovely glossy glow.

If you have gum disease or persistent bad breath, we will recommend regular sessions with our dentists and dental hygienists to treat the problem and prevent further issues in the future.

Dental hygienists can also offer advice about nutrition and diet, giving up smoking and oral hygiene and they are on hand to answer any of your oral health queries.

Dental hygiene for children

Seeing a dental hygienist is hugely beneficial for children, especially those who have early signs of decay. Our hygienists provide preventative dental treatments, including fissure sealant treatment and fluoride varnish, to strengthen and protect the teeth from decay and prevent children from suffering from toothache and sensitivity.

How can I arrange to see a dental hygienist?

You can now book appointments with our dental hygienists directly, rather than waiting for a referral from your dentist. Simply call reception or pop into the surgery to make your appointment.

 

 

Dublin18 Dental Care Customer Service And Journey For Patients Near Deansgrange

We were delighted to win a Customer Service Award from whatclinic.com in 2013; of 10,000 clinics across the country, just 1 per cent scored highly enough to receive this award.

Customer service is extremely important to us and we strove to ensure that every single patient feels valued at our practice. We offer care for all the family, we encourage families to come together and we also offer treatment for nervous patients. We want all our patients to be able to enjoy good oral health and feel confident when they smile and we provide a comprehensive range of treatments to suits patients with varying needs and desires.

Our practice

We aim to offer our clients a calming oasis and encourage our patients to relax on arrival. We do everything we can to ensure services run on time, we provide refreshments and guarantee every patient a warm and friendly welcome. Our dental team is experienced, professional and skilled and our dentists, nurses and hygienists are known for their approachable and caring nature.

We always endeavour to provide our patients with the best treatments around, we use the latest technology and the finest quality materials.

Practicalities

We cater for patients from Dublin18 and the surrounding area and we have recently managed to secure parking facilities to make visiting the dentist easier and less stressful.

We offer payment plans, discounts for pre-payment and reductions for students and senior citizens. We also offer seasonal discounts and special offers and aim to keep our prices competitive and maintain a transparent pricing policy.

If you have any questions, you would like to find out more about the practice or find out how to register as a new patient, call us today or simply pop in and talk to one of our friendly receptionists.