F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R. Forget everything and run. Face everything and recover. These 2 acronyms get bandied about in certain circles as a way to name that horrible feeling that can stop us achieving so much in life.

Our teeth are so important to our quality of life, and yet, many people, who are scared of going to the dentist, would rather their lives diminished than receive the help they need to have healthy teeth and gums.

Dental Implants in North LondonIf you are one of those people and are now at the point of needing to replace your teeth, please don’t let your fear of the dentist stop you reaping the enormous benefits that come with dental implants in North London.

At Adams Dental in North London, we firmly believe that fear should never be allowed to stop you, but we also understand that dentophobia is a very real condition that affects many people.

Here to help

If you are a nervous dental patient, please don’t let that put you off having dental implants in North London with us. We have been trained in helping nervous patients and have created a practice environment to help soothe you from the moment you step in the door.

We have various ways to help you overcome your fears, from being able to talk to us about them, to hypnotherapy and coaching, to oral and intravenous dental sedation.

When you have dental implants in North London, they are fitted under local anaesthetic. This helps numb any pain. However, it’s still oral surgery and you may choose to have sedation.

Oral sedation is a tablet that you take in the morning before you come to the surgery for your procedure. It will relax you but not fully sedate you, and you will be able to leave under your own steam afterwards.

Intravenous sedation delivers the drug straight into your bloodstream, either into your arm or the back of your hand. This fully relaxes you almost instantly, and while you will be able to respond to the dentist, you will find you don’t remember much about the procedure afterwards. You’ll also need someone to drive you home.

Float through implant surgery

If you are a nervous dental patient, you know how easy it is to put off going to the dentist. Perhaps it is the noise of the drill that sets your anxiety rising. Maybe it’s the injections that the unnecessary adrenaline coursing through your veins. Did you have a terrifying ogre for a dentist when you were a kid and now, no matter how you try to use logic, every dentist’s face starts to morph into theirs? Whatever the reason for your fear of the dentist, please don’t join the legions of people suffering in silence as their teeth and gums succumb to disease and their quality of life diminishes as a result.

Dental Implants in North LondonHere at Adams Dental, we have several ways to help you regain your calm, and so open up avenues that you may have thought would always be closed to you, such as having dental implants. In North London, this method is becoming the go-to solution for missing teeth. This is because dental implants get rid of the added inconveniences that come with traditional teeth replacement systems, namely bridges and dentures.

The problem for nervous dental patients is that to have dental implants in North London, you have to undergo minor oral surgery, under local anaesthetic, with a drill. See, it’s the ‘D’ word isn’t it? Hear that word and people start imagining unimaginable pain. But here at Adams Dental, it doesn’t have to be that way.

We can offer you either oral or intravenous sedation to help you fully relax throughout your treatment with dental implants in North London.

Oral sedation

This comes in the form of a tablet, which you take on the morning of your treatment, before you leave home. The typical sedation drug is called Halcion, a member of the Valium family. It takes about an hour to kick in, and will make you groggy. You may even fall asleep, but can be awoken with a gentle shake of the arm.

Intravenous sedation

This is delivered straight into your bloodstream, either through the back of your hand or into your arm. Once again, you may fall asleep, but can be easily awoken and able to understand and communicate.

Float through your implant procedure

If you’ve lost teeth and are thinking about having dental implants in North London, but are worried that the implant procedure will be too much for you, then please stop worrying right now.

dental-implants-north-londonAt Adams Dental, we understanda that fear of the dentist is a very real experience for many people. It even has a name: dentophobia. We would hate it if we thought our patients were too scared to have such a life-changing procedure.

That is why when you come to us for dental implants in North London, we will first talk you through exactly what is going to happen, giving you as many, or as few, of the details as will make you feel more comfortable.

Getting through your implant procedure

The vast majority of dental implants in North London are inserted into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. The jawbone has fewer nerve endings in it than a tooth root, which means local anaesthetic is strong enough to deal with the pain.

However, there is quite a lot of drilling. When we insert a dental implant, we need to drill the channel for it very carefully, so that we do not crack the jawbone. This is why we start off making the hole with a thin drill bit and once that is done, we increase the diameter of the hole with a wider drill. Throughout the procedure, we will also bathe the area with cool water. This is done so that the heat created by the drill does not badly damage cells in the jawbone.

If that sounds utterly terrifying to you, you may well be a candidate for sedation dentistry. When you have your implant consultation with us, we can talk you through the options. We offer intravenous (IV) sedation, which goes straight into the bloodstream and deeply relaxes you almost immediately. If you think you would like something less full on, you can have oral sedation, which means taking a tablet in the morning before your procedure. We also offer hypnotherapy.

With so many options, there is no need to be scared of having dental implants in North London.

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.

Hypnosis

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.

Entertainment

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.