Overcoming dental anxiety for dental implant treatment

Dental implants are the most reliable and effective solution today for treating tooth loss. You can protect your dental health and restore your smile with this clinically proven treatment available at Adams Dental in North London. However it is one of the more complex treatments and involves a minor surgical procedure. If you are a nervous dental patient, who has experienced tooth loss, you may have ruled out dental implants for this reason. However at our friendly practice we can help you overcome your anxiety through a variety of techniques, including dental hypnosis.

Dental Implants in North LondonWhat is dental hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of mind produced either by yourself or by responding to the suggestions of the therapist. Deep physical relaxation usually accompanies it, with a corresponding reduction in awareness of your surroundings.

What is it used for?

At Adams Dental, hypnosis can be used to help with dental anxiety, exaggerated gag reflex, clenching or grinding of the teeth and excess salivation. It is also helpful for complex treatments, such as dental implants in North London.

On our website, there is a link to a free ‘what is hypnosis’ track, plus a free relaxation hypnosis track, so you can get a feel of how hypnosis works at Adams Dental.

You will be taught how to practice self-hypnosis to reinforce suggestions made by our therapists.

What else can help me relax during my dental implant treatment?

In addition to hypnosis, we offer distraction techniques when you come in for dental implants in North London. We have invested in various entertainment options, all of which you can request from your dentist for no additional cost.

Many of our patients tell us the noises of the dental surgery enhance their dental fears. So, we’ve found noise cancelling headphones work well to counteract this. We have albums ready to use, or you can bring your favourite music with you, whichever you prefer.

For longer visits, such as when getting dental implants in North London, we offer the unique experience of watching a film during your treatment. Our DVD glasses project the image to you, giving you the equivalent experience of watching a large TV.

I’m nervous about going to the dentist, but I want dental implants

At Adams Dental in North London, we provide reliable and effective treatments for our patients. We strive to ensure our patients wellbeing, comfort and anxieties are catered at every visit to our practice. Dr Ricky Adams is a Dental Phobia Certified Dentist and has treated many patients who feel very nervous about dental work.

As well as Dr Adams, all our other dentists and dental professionals, such as our nurses, hygienists and technicians, are committed to providing a comfortable, gentle and relaxing dental experience. This is true even when it comes to more involved treatments, such as dental implants in North London, which are used to restore missing teeth. The treatment involves a minor surgical procedure to fit the dental implant and then later attach the replacement teeth. We will ensure that the treatment is carried out at a pace you are happy with.

Dental Implants in North LondonA gentle touch

We find that with careful clear explanations and videos our nervous patients feel more relaxed about getting dental implants in North London. We understand that it can be a big step to start seeing the dentist, which is why we offer flexible appointments. For any patient who requires a bit more help to undergo treatment, we are also happy to offer IV sedation.

If you need IV sedation, our qualified staff will offer you support and reassurance before, during and after your treatment with dental implants in North London. We will use a very small needle to administer the sedation drug and luckily, what comes next, you won’t remember.

The drug will relax you and reduce any anxieties, while still allowing you to be fully aware and responsive. The best part is it causes you to have a fuzzy memory of your treatment. The experience of IV sedation can be likened to the feeling of ‘not having a care in the world’.

There are no side effects following IV sedation and when the dentist completes your treatment with dental implants in North London, they can administer a drug to reverse the effects. It is a safe and reliable solution for our nervous patients. So, why not pick up the phone and make that call and a member of our team can answer all your queries.

Hypnotherapy can help you through your implant procedure

Many people are nervous about the going through the procedures that are required to insert dental implants in North London. The idea of being drilled into under local anaesthetic is too much for them, even if the results, a whole new life with teeth that are fully functional, is very desirable.

Dental Implants in North LondonIf you have lost teeth and would love to get dental implants, but are too nervous to go through with the procedure, then Adams Dental can help you. We have experience in delivering various ways that can relax or sedate you during your implant treatment.

Talking helps

When you come to us for your initial consultation for dental implants in North London, you can use the time to talk through any concerns you have, and ask any questions you like. You may find that just getting to know us a bit and being able to voice your concerns is enough to make you feel comfortable about undergoing the procedure, without sedation dentistry.

Oral and IV sedation

However, if you’d like some back up, we have two forms of sedation. Oral sedation involves taking a tablet the morning of your procedure and is the milder of the two forms of sedation. Intravenous (IV)sedation requires sedative drugs to be delivered directly into your bloodstream, and provide immediate deep relaxation.


At Adams Dental, we also offer hypnotherapy to help with pain relief, dentophobia and fear of needles. Our hypnotherapist Christopher Adams offers free consultations, so that you can find out if this drug-free route is one you’d like to choose for your procedure.


There’s nothing like giving your brain something else to focus on to help reduce anxiety. When you have dental implants in North London at our practice, you can choose to watch TV on a flat screen, wear noise-cancelling headphones, or watch a movie wearing DVD glasses that project an image equivalent to watching a 40 inch TV screen.

So, as you can see, when you have dental implants in North London with us at Adams Dental, there is no need to be nervous, and plenty of ways to feel relaxed and peaceful as we give you a new smile with teeth that really work.

Get to the root of your missing teeth problems

At Adams Dental, we know that when you lose a tooth, it’s not just the white crown you are now without. You have lost the root of your tooth as well. There is a reason teeth come in two sections, and, believe us, what goes on below the gum-line is just as important as what goes on above it.

dental-implants-north-londonThe presence of tooth roots in your jaw is what keeps it healthy. Without the roots there, moving ever so slightly every time you bite or chew, your jawbone thinks it is no longer needed and starts to shrink.

This is why dental implants in North London can have such a huge and beneficial impact on patients. Dental implants replace the missing root as well as the tooth.

The lowdown on dental implant treatment

Implants are tiny screws made of titanium, a metal that has the amazing ability to become one with our bone tissue. In North London, dental implants are inserted into the jawbone during oral surgery under local anaesthetic. If you are a nervous dental patient, you can opt for sedation as well so that you can fully relax during the surgery.

Once the implants are inserted, you’ll need several weeks for your jawbone to heal. During this time new bone tissue and blood vessels grow around the implants, meshing with the metal. Once your implants are held securely in place, you will once again have a stable base that will be able to withstand the multi-directional forces produced by biting and chewing.

In North London, dental implants are fitted by our dentists to resolve the top six problem areas reported by patients. Implants can be used when all the upper teeth are missing, to replace missing back teeth, to replace one missing lower tooth or side tooth, and even to replace every single tooth at once.

The crown part of the teeth is handmade in a specialist laboratory to match the colour of your surrounding natural teeth. Or, if you are having all your teeth replaced and have a photograph of your smile, then they can be matched from these.

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Don’t let fear get in the way of a new life

If you are afraid of the dentist, you are not alone. Being scared of going to dentist is in fact very common. About 2.5 million people in the UK experience dental phobia. Now that it is a recognised phobia, more and more dentists are training in ways to make people feel more at ease when they visit the dentist.

dental-implants-in-north-londonThat said, there’s a very big difference between popping into the dentist for a check-up, or a scale and polish, and opting for a lengthy treatment with a fair bit of drilling, like dental implants.

Yet dental implants in North London can have such a dramatically beneficial impact on your quality of life that it is almost a tragedy that people refuse to go down the route of complete tooth replacement out of fear.

Helping you feel at ease

Here at Adams Dental in North London, dental implants can be placed with the help of additional methods to help you relax if you are a nervous dental patient. We use a local anaesthetic to make sure that the insertion is as comfortable as possible. We can also offer you hypnosis, sedation, noise cancelling headphones and other patient entertainment options to make your treatment less gruelling. We are dedicated to ensuring you feel at ease during your treatment.

What can make people feel so scared is the knowledge that we will be drilling into the jawbone rather than the tooth. People then draw on their experience of having their teeth drilled and conclude that drilling into the bone must be far worse. In fact, in terms of pain, drilling into bone is less traumatic because the bone has far fewer nerve endings than your teeth. That said the process takes a while. This is because we have to drill very carefully, starting with a narrow drill bit and then expanding it. This is done so that we do not crack the jawbone.

The good news is that if you take care of your North London dental implants you need never have them replaced. The porcelain crowns will not decay the way that natural teeth can, and the implants in the jaw are robust enough to last for the rest of your life.

Knowing what to expect when you have dental implants in North London

At Adams Dental, North London, dental implants are a treatment that we offer to our patients who have missing teeth. We discuss the process in detail with you so that you can make a decision about whether they are right for you.

dental-implants-north-londonWhen you have an initial consultation with us, we check your suitability for dental implants. If you are in a good general state of health and have the required jawbone thickness and height then there is a good chance that you will be eligible for the treatment.

There are a few lifestyle factors that we check as well such as whether you are a smoker or have had certain medications. It is important that you talk to us about your history and habits frankly so that we can give you the best advice and information.

What will happen?

We will make a plan for your treatment with you. This might include preparatory work such as a bone graft or some extraction work. You will then have your dental implants fitted. The surgery itself takes a few hours.

What will I feel?

During the surgery, you will have a local anaesthetic. In rare cases, a general anaesthetic is required or requested by a patient. In either situation, you should not feel any pain during the procedure. For some patients, this reassurance does not alleviate the anxiety that they feel when they consider dental procedures. If this is you, do not let it stand in the way of having a life-changing treatment. Talk to us at Adams Dental and we might be able to offer you sedation dentistry options alongside normal anaesthesia.

How about afterwards?

When you have dental implants in North London with us, we continue to monitor your progress in the coming weeks and months. You may feel a little sore and swollen after the procedure which is perfectly normal and this will fade. Getting rest is a good idea and taking it easy for a few days afterwards is also advisable. You can begin to resume a normal schedule as the days go by, and if you feel up to it. This includes beginning to introduce more and more solid foods, as advised by your dental practitioner.

Dental implants in North London: options for nervous patients

It is normal to feel nervous about surgery, but sometimes it’s a necessary step towards protecting your health. If you are a nervous patient who has experienced tooth loss, you may require dental implants to reconstruct your missing teeth. However anxiety over undergoing dental implant treatment, which requires a minor surgical procedure, may leave you hesitant to seek help. At Adams Dental in North London, dental implants are fitted with care and precision during a procedure that is made as painless and comfortable as possible.

Dental implants in North London are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. Strong and stable, dental implants restore your missing teeth, so that they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. We understand that some patients are more nervous than others when it comes to having dental work carried out. This is why at Adams Dental, you can expect a compassionate, caring and professional approach to dealing with dental anxiety. What’s more we offer dental sedation to help you feel more relaxed during your procedure. There are two types of sedation that we offer: oral and intravenous.

dental-implants-in-north-londonOral versus intravenous sedation

Oral sedation comes in the form of a tablet that you take on the morning of the procedure. Generally, oral sedation is lighter than intravenous sedation but is still enough to ensure a comfortable experience for most patients.

Intravenous sedation involves the use of a sedative drug injected into your bloodstream. This provides a deeper level of sedation than oral sedation. It also comes with the added benefit of leaving you with a fuzzy memory of your treatment. As it stronger than oral sedation, we always make sure that it is provided by one our team of dental professionals who is specially trained in sedation.

It will take several hours for you to recover from intravenous sedation. We therefore advise that you are accompanied by an adult on the day of your procedure.

Get in touch

If you are interested in dental implants in North London but are nervous about the treatment, our friendly dentists will help relieve you of your fears. If you would like further information or to book an appointment, please contact us at Adams Dental today.

Dental implants – making them available for everyone

If you want to have dental implants in North London with Adams Dental, then we would be delighted to work with you. There are some common barriers to treatment that patients have in their minds that can be removed by a good chat with your dentist. We are here to help make dental treatments that you want available to you.

dental-implants-in-north-londonWhat are your concerns?

Everyone is different, but there are some concerns that we work with on a regular basis.

One of the first things that people notice when they start to look into dental implants is that the treatment process can be quite long. There is no getting around this as the body takes as long as it takes to heal. However, we can offer you support and advice to help to make the process more bearable. We can also give you lots of encouragement with information on the benefits you will enjoy once your surgery is complete.

If cost is a factor for you, talk to one of our team at Aura Dental, North London. Dental implants are a relatively expensive dental treatment because they involve a lot of time, work and high-quality equipment to give you back your teeth. There may be ways that you can spread the cost over time. Your dentist might also be able to make treatment recommendations that take your budget into account.

Your treatment journey is very individual so you need to talk to a skilled practitioner about your particular concerns. When you have dental implants in North London at Adams Dental, we create a safe environment for you to discuss anything that is worrying you. Even if you are a nervous patient, this is something we pride ourselves on being able to work with so that you, too, can enjoy the benefits of more involved dental work.

Next steps

Booking your initial consultation means that your dentist can begin to build up a picture of what will work for you. After this appointment, they will be able to give you more tailored advice on what your procedure will entail, how much it will cost and how long it will take.

A strong, long lasting solution

Although dental implants were first developed in the 1960s, they are still a relatively new treatment for most people. Dental implants have now been proven to be a safe and reliable way of replacing missing teeth. In addition they are very durable and have an extremely long lifespan once fitted. Here at Adams Dental in North London, dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option for many of our patients.

dental-implants-in-north-londonImplants are made from titanium which has the unique ability to bond with the bone of the recipient. They have many advantages over alternative forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges and dentures. Once the implant has been fitted and the bone has healed around it, a crown is fitted that gives a completely natural-looking result. Implants also help to maintain the structure of the jaw and may prevent the remaining teeth from moving due to the lack of support from the missing tooth. If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants in North London we would be delighted to discuss your requirements with you.

I’d love to have implants but, I’m afraid of the dentist

If you are nervous about visiting the dentist even for a check-up, you might feel that dental implants are not for you. We understand how difficult it can be to deal with fears and phobias about dental procedures,and we will make every effort to help you overcome your fears. We take extra care and allow extra time to work with nervous patients and also offer conscious sedation here at our dental practice. Sedation is a proven way to enable you to undergo dental treatments, feeling drowsy and calm throughout the process. Most patients find they can remember very little of their treatment afterwards.

Become part of the Adams family

As an established dental practise here in North London, dental implants are just one of the treatments that we can offer you so come and have a talk with us to find out how we can help you with all your dental care needs.

At Adams Dental we take customer service extremely seriously and treat all our patients as part of our family so when you visit us you can be confident that we will treat you with the same care and courtesy as a valued member of our own family.