In an article written for the national patient website for implant dentistry, click4teeth.com, our principal dentist Dr Colin Gardner reveals how you can help to make your dental implant treatment a success.
Dental implants are a well-established treatment for the problem of missing teeth and have a very good success rate.
Technological advances and detailed preparation mean that implant placement is a relatively minor surgical procedure. At Botanics Dental Care, your case will be carefully assessed and planned, and we will ensure that you are thoroughly informed and supported throughout your treatment.
There are many factors under your control which can contribute to the long-term success of your dental implants, such as:
- Having enough bone in your jaw
- Practising good oral hygiene
- Adopting a healthy lifestyle
To learn more, please visit “How can I help make my dental implant treatment a success?”
If the very thought of visiting your dentist in Glasgow sends your heart racing and makes your palms feel sweaty, then don’t worry you’re certainly not on your own. Thousands of people across the UK feel the way you do and have put off visiting their dentist often since they were a child.
Why are people so scared of the dentist?
For a lot of people their fear goes back as far as their childhood days and they think of the antiseptic smell that hit their nostrils as soon as they entered the building, the screeching sound of drills, and the cold clinical waiting room where they nervously sat waiting for their name to be called out. For others it’s a fear of needles and injections. It’s important to realise that dentistry has come on in leaps and bounds over the last couple of decades and there is very little comparison to how it once was.
So what’s changed?
These days dentists are more aware that many patients stress about visiting the dentist and as a result they do all they can to make the experience as pleasant as it can be. First impressions are all important and a reception area is bright and welcoming with pastel coloured walls, fresh flowers, a smiling receptionist, and friendly, caring staff. Having checked in, patients will sit in a calm and restful waiting room with comfy chairs and a stack of magazines to choose from.
The emphasis of modern dentistry is that it is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. For those with a fear of needles, then many dental practices use a method of computer controlled injections known as the Wand. Alternatively gums can be numbed with a numbing gel before an injection is given so there is no pain. Many dentists employ their own relaxation techniques to calm a patient, and many have gentle background music playing too. With the advances in dental technology, then for more complex procedures such as dental implants in Glasgow, much of the planning can be carried out behind the scenes as it were, using 3D CAT scans and computer imagery. This allows for more precision and less time spent in the dentist’s chair.
For particularly anxious patients your Glasgow dentist is likely to offer conscious sedation. As its name implies this treatment sedates the patient so that they are awake and aware of what the dentist is doing, but feel deeply relaxed. We offer two types of sedation. For those patients that don’t like needles, we offer inhalation sedation where a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide is breathed through a small mask placed over the nose and mouth. The other is known as IV sedation which is administered via an injection into a vein on the back of the hand.
Don’t let fear of the dentist put you off from getting the dental treatment that you need. Instead why not contact Botanics Dental Care and mention that you are a nervous patient and we’ll do all we can to make you feel at ease and help you through treatment. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 to book an appointment or visit our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk for more information.