How nervous dental patients in North London are beating their fears

Being a nervous dental patient isn’t as uncommon as you might think. Adams Dental in North London understands the fear and anxiety that even the thoughts of dentists and dentistry can bring to many people. However, we do not think that in the 21st Century fear needs to be a barrier to getting treatment, which is why we are committed to working with nervous dental patients on a one-to-one basis to find their personal road back to oral health.

nervous-dental-patientsOur Principal Dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, which means he is recognised for his work with nervous dental patients. The whole team at our North London clinic shares this commitment to providing gentle, compassionate, and caring treatment to all patients at all times.

There are numerous reasons given for fear of the dentist, from a negative childhood experience to fear of being out of control. Drills, needles, Latex gloves. . . These can all be triggers for some people, whilst others fear being judged or are anxious about what treatment lies ahead. If you can identify a specific cause for your fear, please tell the team at our North London clinic and we will do all that we can to work around it and reassure you.

Often, a chat with an understanding and friendly dentist away from the surgery environment can put your mind at rest. There have been many rapid advances in the world of dentistry in recent years, meaning that many procedures are now pain-free.

For those who need a little more help to relax, our North London dental practice offers the services of a fully qualified hypnotist, who is experienced in working with nervous dental patients and helping them back to health. As well as dealing with the immediate situation, this is a good way to gain coping techniques for the future.

Sedation dental treatment is an increasingly popular method of helping phobic or severely nervous dental patients to beat their fears. At Adams Dental in North London we offer both oral and intravenous sedation options, which will mean you feel safe and relaxed during treatment.

A guide to sedation dental treatment for nervous patients

Sedation dental treatment is an excellent way to get back to oral health if you are nervous or phobic of visiting the dentist. At Adams Dental in North London our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, which means that he is recognised for his work with anxious and phobic patients.

nervous-dental-patientsOur North London clinic offers a number of options for nervous patients, of which sedation dental treatment is one of the most popular. It does not mean you will be unconscious as you will have been if you’ve had an operation under general anaesthetic at hospital. You will be awake, and able to cooperate with any instructions your dentist may give you, but you will be in a deep state of peace, largely unaware of your treatment and unlikely to remember much about it after your procedures are complete.

Other options at our North London dental practice include hypnotherapy, which can give you coping techniques for future appointments as well as helping you get the original problem treated. We have a fully-qualified and highly-experienced hypnotherapist at our North London clinic.

Some patients benefit from learning more about modern dentistry. Techniques and materials have improved a great deal in recent years, meaning that the vast majority of procedures are now pain-free. In addition, many people benefit from using in-chair entertainment – listening to your favourite radio show, music, or podcast, watching a film or documentary during longer procedures. Whatever your requirements, your dentist will work with you to find the perfect route back to oral health.

North London sedation dental treatment

There are two options for sedation dental treatment at our North London clinic. The first is oral sedation, which is a milder form of sedation and is usually taken in tablet form on the morning before your procedure.

The second option is IV sedation, which is stronger and delivered directly into your blood stream via a small needle.

Our North London clinic will provide you with full aftercare instructions for sedation dental treatment. A friend will need to come with you to take you home and look after you until the sedatives wear off.

Nervous dental patient? Adams Dental can help

Modern dentistry means that nervous dental patients no longer have to be prevented from getting much-needed treatment because of anxiety, fear, or phobia. At Adams Dental in North London, our principal dentist Dr Ricky Adams is Dental Phobia certified, and we offer a number of ways to help nervous patients back to full oral health.

nervous-dental-patientsIt’s not uncommon to be scared of the dentist. Approximately one in ten UK adults identifies as a nervous dental patient to the extent that they put of routine treatment, only being driven into a practice when an emergency arises.

Nervous dental patients cite numerous reasons for their fear. It could be a bad experience during childhood, or a specific trigger such as a needle or drill. Many people who haven’t had treatment in many years fear that the dentist will judge them for having teeth and gums in less than perfect condition.

At our North London clinic, you need not fear being judged. We know this is counter-productive – instead, we will find a way of working with each of our nervous dental patients as an individual, helping them to get the necessary treatment to return them to oral health and, if they want, also helping them to achieve the smile of their dreams that they may currently think is beyond their reach.

North London options for nervous dental patients

When you come into our North London clinic for a consultation as a nervous dental patient, we will take the time to talk through your fears. If you have a specific trigger for your anxiety – the sound of the dentist’s drill, for example – please tell us, and we will find a way to work round this. Even if you don’t know the exact cause of your fear, the team at our North London clinic can still help.

Often, patients benefit from using in-chair entertainment (listening to the radio or their favourite podcast, or watching a film) during treatment. Some nervous dental patients find hypnosis very beneficial, because it gives them coping techniques they can use in the future.

Dental sedation is also a popular option. We offer oral and IV sedation.

What is an Invisalign Records Appointment?

Once you’ve had your initial or free consultation, received your estimate and selected the right package for you.  You may want to look into exactly how Invisalign could improve your smile by having your very own 3D Clincheck Video treatment plan created.

This is when you’d book in for your Invisalign Records Appointment.

During your visit we will;

  • Confirm with you in person and writing your preferred package option and payment option.
  • Perform a full dental examination, oral cancer screening and take any x-ray which may be needed.
  • Take moulds or impressions of your teeth to send to Invisalign to create your Clincheck 3D video animated treatment plan.
  • Take your before digital photos.
  • Go over your and agree your terms, conditions and consent forms with you and of course answer any further questions you may have*.

* Please note agreeing to these terms does not in any way obligate you to taking up treatment. We take the time to perform this with you at this stage so that should you wish to move forward quickly once you have received your treatment plan all your paperwork is in place and we can help make this happen for you as quickly as possible.

An example of an Clincheck 3D treatment plan.

Following this visit, along with the Invisalign team. We’ll create your very own bespoke 3D video animated treatment plan like the one shown above.

A few weeks after your visit, we’ll email this directly to you. You’ll be able to view your 3D treatment on most smart phones, tablets and computers as well as being able to show it to your friends and family should you wish.

We’ll review it together with you in person, over the phone, or email. If you’d like any changes we’ll  be happy to make adjustments  as needed following your feedback.

The cost of an Invisalign Records visit is £350 and you are under no obligation to move forward with Invisalign treatment following  records visit, however should you choose to, the cost of your Invisalign records visit is deducted from your total treatment amount as a first installment towards your total treatment cost.

‘The Invisalign records visit and the Clincheck 3D video animated treatment plan is a a really empowering way for patients to find out and see for themselves exactly how Invisalign will transform their smile from the comfort of your own home on their mobile, tablet or computer. It’s a really exciting stage for everyone involved.” Dr Ricky Adams B.D.S.

Retention. How to keep your teeth straight after Invisalign.

During our consultations we always make sure we cover this with patients at the beginning. It’s one of those things patients may not even be aware of when first starting treatment

Once you’re teeth are straight, we want them to stay straight, so we recommend you retain them. This basically means doing something to keep them (retain them) in their new position we include this in our new Invisalign packages.

Why do you need retention?

  1. All teeth move, always! Yes all our teeth are always moving to some degree and in some way. This is a natural aspect of teeth. Some move so little you’ll never notice it, some move a lot especially as we get older teeth might tend to move towards the midline of the face creating crowding and crooked teeth that never used to be there.
  2. Your teeth are most at risk of moving back or relapsing in the first 1-2 years following your treatment.
  3. Whilst it’s true some patients find after the first few years their teeth settle into place and don’t use anything to keep them straight, this isn’t the case for all or indeed most patients. I tell all my patients you need to be prepared to retain your teeth for as long as you want to keep them straight!

We will discuss this in much more detail with you and which of the retention options are right for you in your individual case.

We also provide an information sheet and pricing on retention options, this is also available for non patients on request, simply click here to request from our reception team.

Helping nervous dental patients beat their fears – from hypnosis to conscious sedation

In the 21st Century, nervous dental patients have a number of options available to them to help them get back to oral health. At Adams Dental in North London, we are highly experienced in treating nervous dental patients, and our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified.

nervous-dental-patientsNervous dental patients cite a number of causes of their fear or phobia. It may have been a negative experience during childhood, or could be provoked by a specific trigger such as the sound of a drill or the sight of a needle.

Others fear being judged if their oral health has fallen into disrepair because they haven’t visited a dentist in many years. At our North London clinic, you need not fear being judged if your teeth and gums are in less than perfect condition. We believe that being judgemental will only serve to strengthen nervous dental patients’ fears, making it even harder for them to get treatment in the future.

We want only to help you back to good dental health, and to help you to maintain it in the future. Our whole team is sympathetic to the need of nervous dental patients, and we will take the time to work with you to help you get the treatment you need and the smile you deserve.

North London treatment options for nervous dental patients

There are several options available to nervous dental patients at our North London dental clinic. We’ll start with a relaxed and informal conversation; a lot of people who haven’t visited a dentist for decades are pleasantly surprised by the advances in modern dentistry.

Some people benefit from in-chair entertainment – watching a film or listening to music as a way to distract themselves from the practice environment.

We also offer treatment under hypnosis, from a fully qualified dental hypnotherapist, or under conscious sedation, which involves the use of a range of sedative drugs to bring about a state of deep relaxation and peace.

Whilst you won’t be asleep when under sedation, you will be largely unaware of any treatment. Most people remember little about it afterwards.

Sedation dental treatment: the key to beating dental anxiety

Sedation dental treatment has helped scores of nervous patients back to full oral health. At Adams Dental in North London, our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, and is highly experienced in treating people who suffer from fear or phobia when it comes to dentistry.

sedation-dentalFear of the dentist is not uncommon: it affects approximately one in ten adults in the UK to the point where they simply don’t go to appointments, instead waiting until an emergency occurs to seek out treatment. This can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as emergencies often result in pain and the need for more invasive or extensive procedures, all of which could have been avoided with regular check-ups and early intervention.

At our North London clinic, sedation dental treatment is just one of the options we offer to nervous patients. We also have the services of a fully-qualified hypnotist, who can furnish you with techniques to help you avoid any fear in the future.

Sedation dental treatment involves the use of sedative drugs to induce a deeply relaxed and peaceful state. You will not be asleep as you would be with a general anaesthetic, which means you can cooperate with your dentist’s instructions as needed. But you will be largely unaware of your treatment and may remember very little about it when it is complete. Most importantly of all, you will experience no pain.

Our North London practice offers two forms of sedation dental care: oral sedation and intravenous sedation.

Oral sedation dental treatment is an excellent option if, like many people, needles are a trigger for your anxiety. You will be prescribed sedative tablets, with full instructions on aftercare requirements. It is now illegal to drive under the influence of sedatives, so you will need to bring a friend to your North London sedation dental appointment.

Intravenous sedation dental treatment is delivered by a small needle and takes effect almost instantly, because the sedatives go directly into your bloodstream. We have special sedationists at our North London clinic who are qualified to provide this stronger form of sedation. Again, a friend will need to drive you home.

Nervous dental patients: how to get back to oral health

Approximately one in ten adults in the UK is classed as a nervous dental patient. Adams Dental in North London offers a range of treatment options specifically designed for those who are scared of the dentist, designed to help you get back to full oral health, and enabling you to achieve the dream smile you may currently think is impossible to reach.

nervous-dental-patientsAt our North London clinic we take the concerns of nervous dental patients seriously. There is no point in being either judgemental or patronising; this will have a negative effect on nervous dental patients and can convince them that their fears were well-founded. After having emergency or essential treatment, you could hardly blame them for fleeing the practice never to be seen again.

Instead, we are committed to treating all of our patients with the highest degree of understanding at our North London clinic. The whole team is committed to working with nervous dental patients to find the perfect pathway back to health.

The perfect solution will be different for every patient. It may take time to find the ideal answer to quell your fears, but the team at Adams Dental in North London will support you at every stage and will help to find your ideal route to successful treatment.

A good way to begin is to have an informal chat, away from the dentist’s chair, in a relaxed and friendly environment. Many nervous dental patients haven’t had treatment for decades, and are pleasantly surprised at how much things have changed and improved.

If you know the cause of your fear, we may be able to help you overcome it; but even if you don’t know exactly what triggers your anxiety, our North London team can help you.

In-chair entertainment – watching a film, listening to the radio or a favourite band – can help some people to relax enough to take their mind off treatment. For more serious cases of anxiety, we offer hypnotherapy from a fully qualified dental hypnotist.

Conscious sedation is an excellent option for phobic and seriously nervous dental patients. You will feel nothing but relaxation and peace for the duration of treatment.

Free Invisalign Consultations in London

Weather you’ve come to us through recommendations of friends, family or work colleagues who perhaps have had treatment with us and shared their experience and results with you. Or if you’ve found us on google, social media or else where online. Welcome. We’re here to help.

We offer a range of useful information on our website for anyone considering cosmetic orthodontic options such as Invisalign.
For those able to visit us at our North London practice, we offer no obligation free cosmetic consultation, which is by far the most popular and best value way to find out more about Invisalign or other cosmetic and advanced treatment options.

What makes our consultations different?

Most free consultation offered at practices are run by a ‘treatment co-ordinator’ this is generally a nurse or reception who is there to answer questions and explain promotions, products and general options.

Our consultations our unique in that they are carried out by one of our team of Invisalign certified dentists

During your consultation you’ll be able to…

  • Visit our practice and meet our team.
  • Speak directly to one of our Invisalign certified dentists and have them give you specific advice on your individual case and circumstance.
  • Our dentists will also explain to you all the other options available to you which might also be suitable ways to meet your cosmetic dental needs.
  • Our dentists will also explain to you the Invisalign system and process in more detail and show you examples of clincheck 3D video animated treatment plan, as well as before and after photos of other cases treated successfully with Invisalign.
  •  You’ll be provided with a bespoke treatment package suitable for your exact case, as well as your customised quotation including finance options and special offers (if applicable).
  • On request we can also explain to you our payment plans including interest free payment plans of up 2 years!
  • Finally you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have during and following the consultation.

“Our intention with our free consultations, be it for Invisalign or any other product or service you may be interested in, is that you walk away with all the information and advise you need in order to make an informed choice about which treatment is right for you. With no cost and no obligation to go ahead with any treatment at all, I like to think it’s one of our best value services we offer and a real no-brainer for someone considering cosmetic treatment.”

Dr Ricky Adams B.D.S

What a free consultation does not include…

If you’re considering Invisalign or any other cosmetic or advanced dental or facial treatment we offer, why not come and visit us for your own free consultation by clicking here.

What is a refinement?

So, if you’ve been reading along with my series on Invisalign, you’ll now know about what Invisalign is and how it works, and what a Clincheck 3D video animated treatment plan is.

Now lets talk about what might happen during your treatment, what a refinement is and why some dentists are being a little more than cheeky by not telling you about all this upfront!

For certain percentage of people, their teeth will move exactly as we’ve planned, and at the end of their first series of aligners, their teeth will be exactly where we want them to be and everything is perfectly finished off in just one set of aligners! Great no problems and no need for any refinements, straight onto keeping your teeth straight and maybe even a little whitening to finish things off.

This, however isn’t the case for all patients, and in my experience for most patients.

Teeth can be unpredictable at times, and don’t alway move exactly as we planned them to, some times teeth will ‘lag’, i.e. they will be moving slower than we had planned them to.

This is one of the things your Invisalign certified dentist at Adams Dental will be reviewing with you during your visits to us every 6-8 weeks, and there are some things we can do to help move these stubborn teeth, (see tips and tricks to get the most out of your Invisalign).

Predictably I have found most patients will achieve 80% – 90% of the desired movement we planned in their original clincheck on their first series of aligners.

So what happens next?

Well this is where we do what is known as a ‘Refinement‘. This is where we take new moulds of your teeth, create a new 3D treatment plan, and manufacture another series of aligners to tidy up the final little movements you may need, basically repeating the process.

Now here is what you should be aware of. Many places will quote really “cheap prices” for Invisalign to get you in the door and signed up, but they won’t tell you lots of things aren’t included! Commonly they may charge you extra for …

  • Invisalign Records visit
  • X-rays
  • Photos
  • Refinements
  • Retainers

Some practices can charge up to £1000 per refinement!! Can you imagine that, getting towards the end of your series of aligners and being told if you want to finish it off you have to pay another £1000!!

To me this is really cheeky, in fact, it’s worse, I think it’s plain dishonest, as once you have got to this stage, you’ve invested your time and money and are then faced with this horrible choice;

‘Do I pay more money to finish of my treatment as I wanted originally or do I stop and walk away without having got the smile I wanted?’

That’s why at Adams Dental we’ve created what we call ‘All inclusive invisalign package’. These include EVERYTHING mentioned above.

We want you to have the piece of mind that when you choose to have your Invisalign treatment with Adams Dental, there will be no hidden costs, all your consultations, visits, x-rays, photos, refinements and retainers are fully included in your treatment plan.

Depending on which Invisalign product you choose, i7, lite or full. We will provide you with the maximum refinements Invisalign allow.

For Invisalign full packages this actually includes unlimited retainers as needed to achieve your treatment goals (see t&c’s for more details, available on request).

In fact now we’ve gone one step further and not only included retainers to help keep your teeth straight, but the best retainers around, Invisaligns’ own Vivera retainers.

Keeping your teeth straight is something which I think every patient should be aware of before they start their treatment, read more about retention and how to keep your teeth straight as well as Vivera Retainers here.