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.

What is clincheck?

Clincheck is Invisaligns own 3D animated treatment plan that is created following your full consultation or Invisalign records visit.

Following your Invisalign records visit, the moulds we take of your teeth are shipped to the Invisalign laboratory where they are scanned into a special scanning machine to create a 3D model of your teeth.

From there, your Invisalign certified dentist at Adams Dental will work along side the team at Invisalign to create your custom 3D animation of your treatment plan.

Below is an example of a Clincheck 3D treatment plan.

Your treatment plan will be emailed to you and can be viewed on most smartphones, tablets and computers.

When you receive your Clincheck treatment plan it allow you to;

  • See how many aligners your treatment plan consists of.
  • How long your treatment time will be.
  • What your teeth will look like will at the end of your treatment.
  • You’ll be able to view your own teeth in 360 degrees and watch as they transform over the treatment time.

You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your treatment plan with your dentist, either over the phone, email or in person at our practice in north london.

Even up until this point you are under no obligation to choose to move forward with your Invisalign treatment!

Book you free consultation online today.

How does Invisalign work

We already know that Invisalign works using aligners.

Looking at how thin and slimline they are it seems crazy these little things can straighten even really crowded or crooked teeth.

How do aligners work

Firstly, you should know that, ANY kind of orthodontics system used to straighten teeth, works by applying pressure to the teeth, which in turn causes the teeth to move.

When we create your 3D video animation of your treatment, Invisaligns’ clincheck software will show us exactly how many of these aligners it will take to straighten your teeth.

Lets say for example its 15 aligners.

Each aligner is created in a slightly moved or rotated position than the previous one, such that, your first aligner is where your teeth are at the moment, and your last aligner is the position we want your teeth to end up.

Every two weeks, at home, you’ll change over to your next aligner (typically patients come to visit us every 6-8 weeks and we will give you 3-4 aligners to take home with you on each visit). Since your next aligners is in a slightly more moved or rotated position that the last one, this change in position puts gentle pressure on your teeth causing them to move.

Of course there is a bit more science behind it and there a things you might want to know about such as, attachments, reductions and refinement, but, in a nut shell that’s how Invisalign straightens teeth.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces.

Invisalign is a product which straightens your teeth using nearly invisible, custom made, removable aligners to improve your smile.

It was created for adults who wish to straighten their teeth but who wouldn’t consider traditional fixed braces.

Whilst obviously it is not completely invisible, it is, the brand which has commonly become known by the public as the ‘Invisible brace’.

Invisalign is an aligner based system.

Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces.
Example of an Invisalign aligner

An aligner is basically a clear strip of plastic which covers the teeth, similar to a bleaching tray or night guard but much thinner and made of stronger more rigid material.

“In my opinion Invisalign aligners are by far the best on the market and have been for some time. Cosmetically no other aligner I’ve seen looks as discrete and natural as Invisalign aligners do. As a company, Invisalign also has huge amounts of research, development and technology behind the brand’.” Dr Ricky Adams B.D.S.




The most common question I get at this point of explaining Invisalign to a patient, friend or family, is; but how can something so small and thin straighten my teeth?

To find out, click here to read our article on, How does invisalign work?

Nervous dental patients need fear no more, thanks to advances in modern dentistry

Nervous dental patients may have struggled with their anxiety for years, desperately wanting a healthy mouth and an attractive smile yet wracked with crippling fear. At Adams Dental in North London we understand how much dental phobia can affect your life, impacting not just your oral health but your self-image, general wellbeing, and confidence too.

nervous-dental-patientsThat’s why, at our North London clinic, we are pleased to offer a range of solutions designed to help nervous dental patients get both the treatment they need and the smile they deserve. Because everyone deserves a smile to be proud of, even you. It may seem like a distant dream right now, but if you want to beat your fear your journey begins by contacting our North London dental practice.

If you haven’t visited the dentist in many years, you may feel embarrassed or ashamed by the condition of your teeth. At our North London practice we urge you not to feel this way; we take nervous dental patients’ concerns seriously and know that by passing judgement on your oral health we will only add to the problem. We are determined to help you conquer your anxiety, whatever it takes.

Every nervous dental patient’s story will be unique, so we will start by getting to know a bit about you and, if possible, identifying the root cause of your fear. It may be a negative experience as a child or in the past, or could be triggered by something specific – the sound or feeling of a drill, the sight of a needle, perhaps. Sometimes people can’t identify what causes their anxiety, and we can work with that too.

We will work with you to find the ideal route back to dental health. Among the options for nervous dental patients are using in-chair entertainment (listening to the radio, music, or watching a film) during some treatments to help you relax, hypnotherapy – which can provide helpful ways to cope with future treatment – and conscious sedation, which involves being awake so able to cooperate with treatment, but very relaxed and free from pain.

Nervous dental patients’ North London treatment options

Nervous dental patients can experience serious problems with their oral and general health, as well as with their self-esteem and confidence if their teeth fall into a poor state. Adams Dental in North London has worked successfully with many nervous dental patients, providing gentle, caring, respectful and professional treatment no matter what the cause of your fear.

nervous-dental-patientsMany nervous dental patients feel their fear compounded by additional anxiety that they will be judged by their dentist for allowing their oral health to fall into a bad way. At our North London clinic we will never judge you, no matter what health issues we may find – all we want to do is restore your mouth to healthy condition and help you keep it that way. We also believe that everyone deserves a smile to be proud of, and offer a number of cosmetic dental treatments to help you create the smile that may right now seem like a distant dream.

North London nervous dental patients’ treatment options

There are several routes back to oral health available at our North London dental practice. Our principal dentist is Dental Phobia certified, a recognised accreditation for treating nervous dental patients.


We have a qualified hypnotherapy team at our North London clinic, who can help those anxious about treatment by communicating with your subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is also useful for people who have a strong gag reflex, who suffer from bruxism (tooth grinding), or who would like help giving up smoking. This therapy doesn’t stop when you walk out of the practice with healthy teeth; instead, you will be furnished with techniques to help you cope and maintain your health going forward.

Conscious sedation

Conscious sedation is different to the general anaesthetic you may have had if you have undergone an operation in a hospital. You won’t be asleep – so will be able to cooperate with your dentist as required – but will be in a deeply peaceful, relaxed, and pain-free state. Most people remember little to nothing about their treatment when it is complete, instead coming out of sedation with a healthy, happy mouth.

Sedation dental treatment to beat fear of the dentist

The rise of sedation dental treatment means that thousands of patients who were once excluded from having good oral health because of fear, anxiety, or phobia are now finding a route back to a healthy, happy mouth in a stress-free environment. Adams Dental in North London offers sedation as part of its commitment to helping nervous patients get the treatment they need. Other options include hypnosis and the ability to use noise-cancelling headphones to drown out common triggers such as the sound of the drill.

sedation-dentistryBenefits of sedation dental treatment

At our North London dental practice we believe that everyone deserves a healthy mouth. But we also know that many people’s fear or phobia of the dentist is so strong that they put off seeking treatment – or simply refuse to go at all.

According to the Oral Health Foundation, 12% of the UK population experiences severe anxiety about visiting the dentist. It’s slightly more common in women than in men, but can affect people of all ages, from all backgrounds, and has a vast array of causes.

Sedation dental treatment is an excellent option for nervous patients. It does not mean you will be unconscious as with a general anaesthetic in hospital – you will be awake, so able to cooperate with your dentist during treatment. However, you will be in a very relaxed state, will feel no pain or discomfort, and will remember little to nothing about treatment when it’s complete.

North London sedation dental treatment options

There are two options for sedation dental treatment at our North London clinic, and we will discuss them both in detail prior to your appointment so that you know anything you need to do before or after your appointment.

The first is inhalation sedation, which is excellent if you are afraid of needles, and wears off soon after treatment is complete. It involves breathing a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.

The second is IV sedation, which is delivered by a small needle in your hand or arm, and requires you to bring a friend to take you home afterwards, because it takes longer for the sedatives to wear off.