At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, we understand that many patients are nervous or phobic about visiting the dentist. In fact, fear of the dentist is the main reason that UK patients give for putting off seeking dental treatment – above lack of time or worry about costs. It is ironic, of course, that by failing to visit the dentist regularly, your chances of developing serious dental health problems increase, potentially leading to unnecessary pain and discomfort and the need for more invasive treatment when you do eventually attend a dental surgery.
The whole team at our Derby dental practice understand and empathise with nervous patients’ concerns. However, we do not believe that fear should be a barrier to getting the treatment you need or the smile you deserve. We want to work with you to help you conquer your fear once and for all, and get a healthy, happy mouth for life.
There are numerous causes of fear of the dentist, from a bad experience as a child to specific triggers such as the sound of the drill or the sight of a needle. Some patients worry about feeling out of control, while others expect to be judged if they haven’t visited a dentist in many years.
Our experienced and understanding team will take the time to listen to your fears and will explain any treatment and analgesia requirements carefully. Dental techniques have advanced greatly in recent years and most treatments are now pain-free.
We will never judge you if your dental health is less than perfect – all we want to do is help you get back to full oral health for life.
Many patients find that our team’s gentle manner, coupled with the time taken to explain any procedures and give reassurance that you will remain in control of your treatment, is enough, but if you are still nervous we also offer treatment under sedation.
Dentist Trishan Malhi is fully qualified in providing sedation, and you will be monitored carefully at all times during treatment.
Is fear of the dentist preventing you from getting the dental treatment you need, or the smile that you’ve always dreamt of? At Derby’s Park Dental Clinic, our team is experienced in working with nervous patients and every staff member is empathic to their concerns. However, we do not believe that fear or even phobia of the dentist should be a barrier to getting treatment, which is why we offer IV sedation for nervous patients.
There are many triggers and causes of dental phobia and fear, from bad experiences in the past to anxiety at the sound of a drill, the sights or smells of a dental surgery. Just imagine if there was a way to alleviate all these anxieties, so you can visit the dentist without the fear and negative feelings. IV sedation offers an excellent way to do this.
How it works
The “IV” in IV sedation stands for intravenous. That means that sedative drugs are delivered by a small needle in the back of your hand or in your arm. If fear of needles is part of your anxiety, don’t panic; in that case we can provide nasal sedation first before the intravenous drugs are delivered.
IV sedation is also sometimes called “conscious sedation”. Unlike a general anaesthetic used for major procedures in a hospital, with IV/conscious sedation you will remain awake and able to co-operate with your dentist during treatment. However, the anti-anxiety drugs used induce a state of deep relaxation, meaning that you will feel peaceful and largely unaware of what is going on.
The drugs used in IV sedation also cause mild amnesia for the duration of treatment, meaning that you will remember little to nothing of what has happened when the drugs wear off – you’ll just have healthy, beautiful teeth.
It is important to bring a friend or family member with you if you are having IV sedation at our Derby practice, because the drugs will stay in your system for some hours after treatment, and you will not be able to drive or use public transport. You should also avoid cooking, using kettles or any other equipment until the effects have worn off.
The whole team at The Park Dental Clinic would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patients who have recommended us to the friends and family, we have noticed a big increase in new patient consultations and that is thanks to you!
My name is Ellie and I manage The Park Dental Clinic,
All of my adult life I had gaps inbetween my teeth, I was reluctant to smile whilst having photographs taken and smiling at people I had not met before.
Two years ago I took the plunge and had an Inman aligner fitted, I soon got used to it and thrilled with the results, I would urge anyone thinking about having orthodontics to just do it, it will be the best decision you ever made
Due to our changing life styles in the UK oral cancer cases are on the increase. This can be attributed to several factors, the primary ones being smoking (up to 30% of oral cancers is attributed to tobacco smoking ref: cancer research UK, 2010) and the increase of alcohol consumption. Both of these factors combined increase the risks significantly.
The most common form of cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, originating in the cells that line the mouth and lips. Oral cancer most commonly involves the tissue of the lips or tongue. It may also occur on the floor of the mouth, cheek lining, Gingiva or plate.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
◙ A visible lump or mass that may or may not be painful
◙ Bleeding from either of the above
◙ An ulcer that will not heal
◙ A persistent blood blister
◙ Loss of sensation anywhere in the mouth
◙ Difficulty in swallowing
◙ Impaired in tongue mobility
◙ Difficulty in moving the jaw
◙ Speech changes, such as slurring or lack of clarity
◙ Lose teeth and ore sore gums
◙ Altered taste
◙ swollen lymph glands
Bearing this in mind, it is extremely important to visit the dentist regularly at least every six months for routine examinations. Part of the examination involves an oral cancer screen where the dentist will examine the soft tissue of the mouth (cheeks, lips and gums) as well as the hard tissue (teeth). Dentists are trained to identify and refer patients whom they feel are at risk or have any symptoms they feel need closer investigation.
Here at The Park we are committed to employing the best staff available. All of our nurses hold the National Certificate in Dental Nursing or are a course to sit the exam shortly. Once students have achieved their qualification they are registered with the General Dental Council. This means that they are covered by the same regulations that Dentist, Dental Therapists and Dental Hygienist are. This means that they have to maintain their personal professional development by attending regular courses on all aspects of dentistry. Currently two of our nurses have been on a training course in conscious sedation procedures as this is quickly becoming one of the most popular services on offer in the practice.
Previously Dental Nurses did not need to be qualified. However, in recent years the profession has realised how important the role of the Dental Nurse is in the practice. Not only does the nurse assist the dentist in the surgery by getting all the equipment and materials ready they may use, they are generally the person a patient feels most comfortable talking to and asking any questions that they may feel uncomfortable talking to the dentist about. Also, their knowledge of products used and the procedures carried out is essential to the smooth running of the surgery and practice in general. They also need a good knowledge of First Aid and how to cope with any medical emergency. All of our staff attend an annual resuscitation course where we are all updated on the latest procedures and new drugs to with most situations.
Cross infection control is another very important role for the dental nurse within the practices as it is she who is responsible for the cleanliness of the surgery and the sterilization of instruments and disposal of any contaminated materials. Every year all staff attend a recognized cross infection control course where we refreshed and advised on new policies.
At The Park Dental Clinic we pride ourselves that we are committed to the on going support and updating of all our staff who have been with us since we opened in September 2007. All of this ensures that from the moment you enter the practice until you leave you are assured of dealing with a dedicated and loyal team of dental professionals.