Author: Adams Dental

COVID Patient Protocols

COCID Patient Protocols

Come alone

Please attend alone and at your designated appointment time. If you require a chaperone please advise reception so they can make necessary arrangements.

Personal belongings

Please only bring with you the bare essentials, no shopping bags or any other unnecessary items. During operative dental treatments patients will be required to store any personal items outside of the clinical rooms in containers provided.

Patient PPE

All patients are required to attend with face coverings. If you are unable to provide your own, please advise our team on bookings and one will be provided for you.

Call and wait for your greeter.

When you arrive, park or wait somewhere safely and call us, one of our team will let you know when to enter the practice and will be ready at the front door to greet you personally.

Temperature check

Our team will take your temperature on arrival with a contactless thermometer to ensure it is safe for you to enter.

Hand sanitiser

Contactless hand sanitizers are available throughout our practice and patients are required to use these on entering and existing the building.

Social distancing in the practicing.

Please follow current social distancing guidelines whilst in our practice and on entry and exit, some of our patients may be vulnerable and we appreciate your effort to help keep everyone safe.

Clinical treatment

Our dentists will carry out your treatments with enhanced PPE and protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible.  Our masks and outfits may have changed, but we are still the same friendly faces as always.

Patient toilet use

Please plan your visit and use home or other facilities prior to visits.  Patients are required to request access to use facilities as following use, our team must complete an additional cleaning procedure.

End of treatment & leaving the practice

One of our team will escort you out of the building or let you know when it is safe to do so. This will help reduce patient interactions whilst at the practice.

COVID Patient Journey

COVID Patient Journey – Adams Dental

Online Consultations

We are now providing online video & phone consultations in order to reduce the amount of time patients spend in the practice.

For free initial consultation please click here.

For urgent care and follow up care please contact our practice directly here and our team will assist you personally.

Book apps from home

Please do not come to the practice to book an appointment or make an enquiry. Please contact us online or via our website here.

COVID pre appointment packs & consent

Someone from our team will be in touch with you prior to your visit to provide you with updating your COVID-19 medical history form and patient questionnaire.

Confirming your appointment

Our team will contact you once we have received all your documents to confirm your booking.

Your treatment day

Please see the patient treatment day protocols found here. This information will also be sent to patients directly at the time of booking.

Contactless payment methods

Payments can be made securely online or over the phone. Please limit any cash transaction to help our team safe.
After care and support

Our team are always here to provide support and aftercare for our patients and you can contact our team here who will return your enquiry personally.

COVID challenges & solutions in Dentistry

We thought it useful to for our patients to summarise the main challenges in providing dentistry during the covid pandemic and the solutions we have adopted to reduce these risks.

Challenges: Patient numbers and flow.

         As a multi surgery practice during normal periods of operation we experience a large number of patients in the practice and a large proportion of our patient interactions, administrations and payments taking place in reception.

Solutions:   Online Consultations

We are providing a full range of online consultations (video/phone) in order to reduce the amount of time patients spend in the practice.

For free initial consultation please click here.

For urgent care and follow up care please contact our practice directly here and our team will assist you personally.

Solutions: Contactless online forms

Many of our pre-appointment administration steps such as updating medical history & COVID questionnaires or consent will now be completed online prior to appointment, our team are available to support those patients who are unable to use digital services.

 Solution: spaced bookings and personal greeters.

During the initial stages of our reopening, all our appointments will be more spaced out and the individual arrival and departure of every patient will be managed by our team. Each patient will be personally greeted on arrival to the practice and escorted to their designated treatment room or reception.

Challenges: Proximity during treatment and distancing within the practice

         Due to the nature of dentistry it is not possible to carry out dental procedures whilst maintaining social distancing. During normal times the number of patients arriving, departing and in the practice can be high making social distancing difficult throughout the practice.

Solutions: Dental Team enhanced protocols and PPE

         As part of our updated COVID SOP (standar operating procedure) which can be found here. Our team will be carrying out treatments under with high level PPE and enhanced protocols, including additional time and types of deep cleaning following treatments.

Solution: Patient COVID protocol

         All patients are required to arrive at the practice wearing a face covering.  

         All patients must follow our patient COVID protocol, which can be found here.

Challenges: Variations in patient groups and needs

         As a general and specialist practice we have a wide range of patient groups, including but not limited to vulnerable patients, phobic patients and children, all these groups of patients have varied needs and risk associated with them which need to be carefully managed.

Solutions:   Pre screening questionnaire and zonings following screening

         All patients will be asked to complete a covid screening from our reception team, patients will be categorised based on

  • Covid Risk status
  • Procedure type needed

Patients will be offered specific time slots dependant on the above factors to help us to reduce the risks for our more vulnerable patient groups to coming into contact with other patients and additional team member.

Challenge:  AGP’s (Aerosol generating procedures)

         There has been some evidence to show that aerosol generating procedures such as the use of hand piece and deep cleaning equipment.

The evidence on this is still emerging and different countries have recommended different regulations and protocols with regards to this.

Solutions:

AGP – PPE

We have enhanced our PPE procedures for these treatments including the use of full coverage gowns, face visors and respiratory masks for our team.

For each treatment of AGP we will also have a second room being used reserved for putting on and removing of our clinical teams PPE.

AGP – Clinical steps

We will additionally be implementing additional equipment during treatments such as but not limited to rubber dam and additional high volume suction to reduce these aerosol.

Fallow time and deep cleaning

We have at this stage added a ‘fallow time’ following each AGP.

In this context ‘fallow time’ is an additional time added to the end of an AGP procedure to allow the air to be cleaned prior to our staff re-entering the room to deep clean prior to its next use.

DEFINITIONS:

AGP            : A dental procedure using equipment which generates an aerosol examples include deep cleaning and use of the dental hand pieces.

Non-AGP    : A dental procedure which does generates an aerosol, examples include examinations, hand scaling and temporary fillings.

Need some help attending a dental check-up? Ways our team at Adams Dental can help nervous patients

Dentistry has come a long way in the past 20 years.

Painless options, the rise in dental implants, and invisible braces, mean that there is now more to gain from a trip to your dental practice than ever before!

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However, if you are a nervous or phobic patient, you may feel that even a cheque for a million pounds will not get you through those doors.

But, as stated earlier, dentistry has come a long way and now many dental surgeries, including Adams Dental, are aiming to help nervous or phobic patients overcome their fears and get their dental health back on track!

Indeed, if you are a phobic patient, our dentist in Southgate can help you! Our team does not think dental phobias or anxieties are a laughing matter and can provide you with a relaxed, comfortable environment in which to receive your dental treatments. We will aim to build a rapport with you, so when you come to our surgery for any procedure in the future, you will be smiling!

But how does our dentist in Southgate accomplish this? Read on to find out about our techniques!

Communication

As mentioned earlier, our dentist in Southgate will aim to build a rapport with you while we treat you, to relax your nerves and make you feel more confident.

Many nervous patients are fearful due to the unfamiliar aspect of dentistry and so, as a starting point, our team will discuss with you what they are doing and will allow you to communicate with them if you need a break or when you are feeling stressed. No pressure; you are in charge and we will work with you to overcome this fear, taking it at your pace in your own time. Great stuff!

Hypnotherapy

An innovative way to help you relax; we won’t wave a pocket watch back and forth while telling you you are feeling sleepy, but our dental team does work closely with hypnotherapists to help patients overcome their phobias.

Hypnotherapy will help you to relax your mind, and our team will also teach you management techniques, meaning that during your future visits with us, you will be more in control of your worries and physical symptoms. If you feel this may be an option you want to explore, contact our team for more information.

Sedation

If you need something a bit faster due to discomfort, our team at Adams Dental can offer you intravenous (IV) sedation.

Injected into your arm, this will leave you feeling very relaxed. You will be conscious and able to follow instructions given by our team, but, once completed, you will have no recollection of the procedure. We must insist that if you undertake IV sedation that you bring along an age-appropriate family member or friend to take you home afterwards. You must not operate machinery for 24 hours post-sedation.

Entertainment

We can also offer you music to listen to while in the dental chair, or even play a DVD during a longer appointment.

Perfect if you dislike the sound of the drill!

Need a new dentist in Southgate? Five reasons to join Adams Dental surgery today!

New to Southgate and looking for a high-quality dental surgery? Look no further than Adams Dental!

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In the past, many people attended dental surgeries solely for their biannual check-ups and sometimes, if they had a wedding coming up, for a tooth whitening session. However, as the image of the censorious dental practitioner has faded and cosmetic dentistry has become more common, more people are looking for a dental surgery that is equipped to service all of their cosmetic and general needs.

So, when you are looking for a dentist in Southgate that can offer you more than a simple scale and polish, come to Adams Dental. Our dedicated team will help you keep your mouth healthy while also helping you to get that straighter, whiter smile you deserve! We can also offer our patients minor, non-surgical facial aesthetics too. Perfect!

What are the other reasons to choose Adams Dental as your dentist in Southgate? Read on to find out!

Nervous? Don’t be!

At Adams Dental, we know how intimidating a trip to your dental surgery can be!

If you are a nervous patient, our dentist in Southgate can help you to relax through our range of treatments for nervous patients, which includes sedation dentistry, distraction techniques such as music and even hypnotherapy. We don’t want your oral health to suffer as a result of these phobias and aim to help you beat these fears together.

Snoring

As odd as it may sound, there are many ways that our team can help you banish troublesome snoring completely.

Once considered a problem without a simple solution, our dental team at Adams Dental can not only diagnose the cause of your snoring, but also provide suitable solutions to treat it. Everything from mouth guards to CPAP machines, we can make your night-time woes a thing of the past, ensuring that you and your bed partner get those much needed forty winks.

Dental implants

Our dental team are experienced in restoring our patients’ smiles to their former glory with the use of dental implants and can advise you on which option would be most suitable for you.

We offer every type of dental implants, from endosteal to zygomatic and can recommend one of the many varieties of prosthesis to rejuvenate your smile.

One of our most popular cosmetic treatments, coming to Adams Dental for oral implants can really change your life!

Invisalign

Worried you missed the window to implement braces?

At Adams Dental, we can offer many of our adult patients orthodontic options to help them straighten their misaligned smiles, including the famous Invisalign aligner.

Designed to be invisible, removable and painless, this brace will straighten your teeth quickly and easily, without drawing unwanted stares. Brilliant!

Smile makeovers

Need a more mixed treatment? Our team can do that too!

Known as a smile makeover, this option includes everything from dental whitening to oral implants, to leave you with the best version of your smile!

What are you waiting for? Join Adams Dental surgery today!

Got a pain in your tooth? Five FAQs about dental emergencies with Adams Dental

It can feel like the earth has stopped spinning; you are working away at your job and suddenly, after sipping a coffee, you are met with a sharp pain underneath your tooth.

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At first, you brush it off as being a bit of sensitivity, but as the day goes on, the discomfort gets worse until you are taking over the counter pain medication to relieve it.

This scenario, or others like it, are surprisingly common in the UK and, while unpleasant to go through, these are the times when you need to know that your dental surgery will be able to slot you in for an emergency appointment as soon as possible.

At Adams Dental, we know that you never want to have to see an emergency dentist in Southgate, but just in case you need to, we have one on site! Prioritising to fit you in with a same-day appointment, our dentists will carefully examine the area and will aim to get you back on your feet as soon as they can.

But, how is an emergency dentist in Southgate different from a regular one? The answer to this and more questions about dental emergencies are found below.

How is a regular dentist different from an emergency one?

Similar to the difference between a nurse working at a GP surgery and one who works in a hospital, an emergency dentist in Southgate is going to have more experience at treating common dental emergencies, such as abscesses or chipped teeth.

Our emergency practitioner at Adams Dental will aim to ensure that you are completely comfortable before proceeding with treatment, and unlike regular dentists, they will only focus on the area of the emergency issue.

Will an emergency practitioner be able to resolve the issue?

Often, yes.

If your emergency is related to a chipped, cracked or decayed tooth, many emergency teams will be able to repair these problems immediately.

However, for more complicated issues, like infections, our team will aim to resolve the pain as the first course of action and you may require a further appointment with a member of our team for a root canal.

Am I experiencing a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies often involve a great deal of discomfort as one of the main symptoms, but if you notice a chipped tooth or have an unusual lump in your mouth, it is worth booking a same-day appointment just to be extra cautious.

Are emergency dental teams available 24 hours a day?

At Adams Dental, our emergency team is available Monday to Saturday within regular appointment hours.

If you need urgent treatment outside these hours, contact your local hospital to see their onsite dental team.

What if I have an infection?

Infections are a common cause of dental emergencies and our team will attempt to numb the area fully before attempting treatment.

Often, we will prescribe a course of antibiotics as a first step and book you in for a follow-up appointment for further treatment options, like a root canal or extraction.

Cosmetic treatments available at the Dentist in Southgate

In today’s world, visiting the dentist in Southgate includes more than filling cavities, extracting teeth, removing plaque, and being taught how better to clean your teeth.

More individuals are turning to aesthetic treatments to enhance one of their most prominent features, their teeth.

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At Adams Dental, our mantra is to leave you with a smile on your face; a toothy grin that we helped improve!

From Invisalign braces to teeth whitening and more, we offer an array of cosmetic treatments that will increase your confidence regarding your looks.

How can we help you?

If you are unhappy with your crooked, yellow or generally imperfect teeth, visit our dentist in Southgate for a smile transformation.

Misaligned teeth can negatively impact your quality of life. You might refuse to smile in photographs because you hate the appearance of your teeth, or even cover your mouth when you laugh. Feeling self-conscious all the time is not just mentally exhausting, but it can really knock your self-esteem.

What treatments are the most popular?

Invisalign, teeth whitening, veneers, and composite bonding – we offer all of them at competitive rates.

Because of our affordable and friendly services, we boast an army of loyal patients and are continuously seeing new faces.

What is Invisalign?

Are you an adult or is your impressionable teenager opposed to the idea of standard metal braces? Invisalign does all the work of straightening aids but provides a user-experience that is second-to-none.

Invisalign or invisible braces are translucent aligner trays that realign your teeth incrementally until they have reached their final, desired position.

Invisalign at the dentist in Southgate is a desirable form of treatment because the plates are undetectable, meaning you can wear them without drawing unwanted attention.

Invisible braces are also detachable, granting you the freedom to remove them when you eat, brush your teeth, or play sports. In many ways, your lifestyle is not disrupted by your new straightening device.

How do you fix yellow or stained teeth?

Age, not cleaning your teeth, and bad habits, can leave your teeth unsightly. Prioritising dental hygiene may improve your dental health but does little to return the white to your teeth.

Teeth whitening at the dentist in Southgate lightens your teeth a few shades immediately after treatment.

The patient experience may vary between individuals, however, the discomfort you may feel during the procedure and after pales in comparison to the way your teeth transformation can make you feel.

How can veneers help me?

Veneers can do a lot of things, such as closing gaps between teeth, covering chips, and masking unsightly marks and stains.

A veneer is made from thin porcelain. Despite its appearance, it is a durable material that lasts and will serve you well.

Are the results of cosmetic treatments permanent?

The treatments mentioned above are effective and life-changing, but you are required to take care of your teeth.

If you have recently undergone teeth whitening, follow the dentist in Southgate’s instructions of avoiding coffee, tea, and food that stains. You should also prioritise dental hygiene by adhering to a strict cleaning ritual.

If you have had your teeth straightened, remember to wear your retainer as advised to prevent your teeth from shifting in the future.

When to call the emergency dentist in Southgate

An intolerable toothache should be seen by an emergency dentist in Southgate urgently. This type of pain may be a symptom of a severe dental issue that could cost you your teeth in the long run.

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Our experienced dental team at Adams Dental prioritise patients facing extreme cases and will serve you in a friendly, calm, and professional manner to help ease your anxiety.

Why choose us?

Our dental practitioner is trained for emergencies. We have seen people from all walks of life and will know how to handle your issue best.

Additionally, we are open until 8pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until 6pm on other weekdays.  We also see patients on Saturdays. We will do our best to attend to your ailment in an expedient fashion.

If your emergency occurs after hours; phone our hotline and follow the instructions we give you. You may find that your issue is not as severe as you may think, in which case you can book an appointment with us for another time.

If you cannot wait, you have the option of visiting your local hospital dentist for medication to ease your pain and discomfort until you can see us for a thorough examination.

What constitutes an emergency?

It can sometimes be tricky to classify a dental emergency because the situation is not generally life threatening.

That said, you could face severe repercussions if you shrug off an injury or illness that could adversely affect your lifestyle.

For example, you will need to see an emergency dentist in Southgate within the hour if you knock out your tooth. Time is of the essence in this scenario if you wish to re-plant the tooth.

On the other hand, a chipped tooth is not usually classified as an emergency unless accompanied by pain, which could point to a fracture. A fracture could point to injury inside the tooth, where the pulp is damaged and will require a visit to the emergency dentist in Southgate.

Other pressing issues that demand your immediate attention include pain that occurs suddenly, and could be a symptom of something more serious, such as an abscess.

What do you do in the above scenarios?

If you are suffering from a mouth injury, there are some things you can do before your local dentist sees you.

If your tooth is knocked out, it’s essential to keep it moist and clean. Hold the tooth with the roots facing up and place it in milk or a saline solution – do not use water as this dries out the roots. If it is possible, reposition the tooth back into the socket.

If your tooth is cracked, fractured, or causes you pain, washing out your mouth with warm water may ease your symptoms and will clean the area to prevent it from becoming infected. Press a cold compress against your cheek if your face begins to swell.

How can you prevent dental emergencies?

Dental trauma is frequently unpredictable but can be avoided by wearing a mouthguard when you play sports, thus preventing a hard impact on your mouth.

Other ways to avoid injury is avoiding hard and chewy food, such as popcorn, hard candy, or ice – all of which can crack teeth.

Tips for nervous patients visiting our dentist in Southgate

Visiting the dentist for most patients is a fairly normal part of their routine that doesn’t involve a second thought. But, there are a number of people that are still nervous about stopping by a practice for an appointment as dentophobia, ‘fear of the dentist’,  is a pretty common phobia and sadly it can often put patients off from making an appointment as the anxiety kicks in. In these modern times however that should no longer be the case, as dentists are now very aware and sympathetic to these concerns.

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With that in mind, here are a few tips our team has come up with for patients that may be feeling a little nervous about their visit to our dentist in Southgate.

Talk to the team about your concerns

Perhaps the most vitally important tip we can give you is to just take some time to talk to our team. We are more than happy to take things at your pace and our trained professionals can help you feel a little more confident about your impending treatments.

Having a chat also allows you to learn more about the procedure, for instance what’s involved, whether there’s going to be any discomfort and what you can generally expect during the process. Plus it allows you to come up with a way of letting the team know when you need a break. At Adams Dental our team will strive to provide you with a calm and relaxing environment whilst you undergo any treatments and we have a range of relaxation options to fit a variety of needs.

If talking to others is something that can also make you feel nervous then setting up something as simple as a hand gesture for a short pause is also acceptable. Unfortunately our team are not mind readers, so it’s down to you to let us know when to stop.

Listen to some relaxing music

The whirr of drills and general noise of a busy practice can be quite overwhelming for nervous patients, so what better way to shut out everything than by listening to some of your favourite tracks. Getting completely lost in the music of a song can make a lengthy treatment fly by and make it seem like only minutes have passed.

When choosing your tracks we recommend that you stick to something gentle and relaxing, avoid any thumping bass lines or heavy metal as this will just get your heart racing, which in turn can make you feel more nervous.

Bring someone with you

If you are struggling to stay calm ahead of your visit to our dentist in Southgate, then you can also talk to our team about bringing someone in with you when you stop by the practice. Having a familiar face can help anxious patients focus and stay more relaxed in a room filled essentially with strangers.

Discuss further relaxation options with your dentist

One last possibility worth considering is to talk to our team about our hypnosis or sedation options during your treatment, to help you stay relaxed and calm.

These are just a few things you can try should those feelings of anxiety start to take hold of you before or during your next appointment, to make things a little easier for yourself.