Our St Albans Dental Phobia clinic is up and running and we are treating more patients each week with varying levels of anxiety, nervousness and fears. Nervous patients are visiting us from St Albans, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City, Luton and Watford.
Our St Albans dentists listen to your concerns, anxieties and dental problems. We gently look at your teeth and gums and only undertake the investigations you are comfortable with. With this information we develop a bespoke plan to address any problems and delivery high quality dental treatments in a comfortable, safe environment.
We have our own medical anaesthetics consultant who administers and monitors any IV sedation treatment we provide so our dentist can focus on you and your teeth.
1 in 7 people are anxious of the dentist and we ensure those 1 in 7 people also have access to a friendly and caring dentist.
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Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common problems dental patients have. Tooth sensitivity can affect just one tooth or all teeth. Most people experience sensitivity when drinking hot, cold, sweet or sour, and that pain quickly spreads deep into nerve endings of your teeth.
Causes of Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity arises when gums recede and expose the underlying dentin. Dentin is the soft layer of tooth located beneath tooth enamel. There are thousands of tiny tubes within the dentin leading to the tooth’s pulp and nerve center. These tubes allow sensations of hot and cold to reach the nerve, causing sudden pain. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a multitude of things including wear and tear due to brushing too hard, tooth decay, gingivitis leading to gum recession, chipped or broken teeth, teeth grinding, tooth whitening products, age, plaque buildup, and eating acidic foods. The big take away is that all of these factors listed expose dentin, which ultimately can cause tooth sensitivity.
Making the correct choice in toothpaste is paramount. Avoid any smokers/whitening toothpastes. These can often make the situation worse. Toothpastes containing Potassium Nitrate and Flouride is the secret ingredient which helps reduce or eliminate sensitivity in the majority of patients. Enlighten tooth serum and Sensodyne repair and protect tend to be the products of choice in combatting this problem.
If your teeth persist to be severely sensitive after several days your dentist can help solve the problem. Bonding can be applied to cover exposed root surfaces as well as varnishes. These methods will protect the dentin and prevent any irritants from causing any pain.
- Practice good oral hygiene, this can help prevent conditions such as gum disease, which can cause receding gums
- Use a toothpaste specially formulated – toothpastes containing potassium nitrate such as Sensodyne Repair and Protect and Enlighten tooth serum.
- Don’t brush too hard, electric toothbrushes have pressure indicators
- Use a soft toothbrush -preferably one designed especially for sensitive teeth
- Avoid acidic foods – that can wear away tooth enamel, such as wine, vinegar, soft drinks
- Avoid grinding your teeth – or clenching during the day. Ask you dentist about a mouthguard for night time use.
- See you dentist for regular check-ups – dental care recommendations and advice for your sensitive teeth
Nervous patients are becoming more common. Whether it is fear from one aspect or the whole experience our dentists at High Oaks Dental are experienced in calming, safe techniques and pain-free dentistry to ensure all experiences are relaxed and enjoyable.
Now all nervous patients in St Albans can have high quality dentistry they deserve to maintain a healthy mouth and smile at our safe and relaxing practice.
Our dentists have treated countless anxious and phobic patients over the years and it is safe to say that no one is the same. Each patient has their own experiences and reasons for their anxiety. We work together to establish how to overcome these so you can be comfortable in the dental chair.
What to expect at your first dental visit?
At your initial visit we will discuss your dental issues, your expectations and briefly the services we offer which may help you to accept treatments. We then undertake a fully dental examination where we check you teeth, gums and soft tissues. We will likely take some x-rays to help in establishing if there are any problems. After this we will talk some more about the options available.
Treatment plans are bespoke for each patient, and during all treatments, the patient is in control during their treatment and the pace of their treatment.
Our practice has invested in all the latest equipment and communication tools to ensure our patients fully understand each aspect of their treatment and their treatment is pain-free and effective.
We hope you have found this informative, and gives you the confidence to visit one of our friendly team.
Remember the first visit is the first step towards a healthy mouth. And a healthy smile is a happy smile
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