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Could hypnosis make visits to the dentist less stressful?

Posted on 15 April, 2021  in News

Hypnosis is often thought of as a way of manipulating a patient and is not particularly thought of as being scientific whilst in fact, the main aim of hypnotherapy is not to manipulate the patient, but to give them the tools they require to take back control of their feelings and emotions. Hypnosis comes originally from a Greek word that means sleep and this is usually how a person who is being hypnotised appears. Although in a hypnotic state the subject is open to suggestion, they maintain concentration and keep the potential to make their own decisions at any time.

Dentists who use hypnosis regularly in their clinical practices experience a variety of significant advantages. There are many and varied applications of clinical hypnosis in dental clinical practice including relaxation, relief from fears and anxieties, reduction in the perception of pain during procedures and in the control of bleeding. Hypnotics is one of the oldest and non-invasive ways to control dental anxiety in children as well as in geriatric patients and therefore dentists get a better treatment result, and the patient has a much better experience.

Hypnosis can bring considerable relief to anxious patients and make it easier for the dentist to do their job, but it is particularly implemented in order to help patients relax. As relaxation raises the pain threshold, requirement for local anaesthesia is reduced. And even if it is necessary, it is better tolerated. Therefore, the use of hypnosis as a general relaxation strategy is certainly possible in both adults and children. The clinical benefits that are gained from hypnosis such as the control of fear, abnormally active gag reflex, adaptation to dentures is well reported on but additionally hypnosis can control salivary flow and bleeding.

A distinction arises between a deep type of hypnosis and a light one and both have different applications. Deep hypnosis takes long so it is not useful for regular dental practice however, it is required for analgesia. On the other hand, the light hypnotic state is easier and faster to attain and can be used on a daily basis for instance, to relax a nervous patient in a matter of minutes.

Dentists have to use positive suggestions when managing patients. Words or actions that inspire trust in the dentist will relieve the patient’s anxiety and fear. There are those dentists that use an Informal hypnotic method including the use of encouraging phrases such as “you will feel quite comfortable” or “you will feel happy with the finished result” and this can be a powerful technique of patient management.

Can you get straight teeth as an adult?

Posted on 24 February, 2021  in News

Many children have braces to straighten up their teeth, but as an adult these can move back or you may have missed out on braces altogether. Having straight teeth is something most of us dream of but the fact is that not many people naturally do.

IF you are an adult and thinking about braces then you may not have to choose the typical train track braces that were used when you were younger. There are many different ways in which to straighten your teeth, some of which can’t even be seen.

Retainers are often used in adults and worn behind the teeth or over night so that people can not even tell you have them. The issue is that they are not cheap and you may be expected to pay up to £3000 for the contraption.  Many dentists that offer teeth straightening also offer finance packages as they know it is a lot of money to find upfront. You should be able to spread the costs over more affordable monthly payments. Some offer 0% interest finance whereas others may charge interest, in which case you may be better to tray and get a 0% interest credit card or a low rate loan.

How to Keep Your Teeth White

Posted on 30 January, 2021  in News

Keeping teeth white is indicative of good oral hygiene, as well as being important for your appearance. This means that having white teeth is highly desirable. How can you keep your teeth white, and how can you make them whiter if you are unhappy with the way they look currently?

If you are happy with your teeth but want to maintain their appearance, there are various things you can do. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss, and be careful about your sugar intake, as well as the intake of foods that might affect the appearance of your teeth. These include fizzy drinks, sugary foods, red wine and coffee, which can damage your teeth and also cause staining.

The other important step to take is visiting a dentist and hygienist on a regular basis. A hygienist will perform a scale and polish, helping to remove staining from your teeth.

Are you still maintaining a high level of dental hygiene?

Posted on 9 January, 2021  in News

With the whole of the UK at a stand still again, many of us are finding ourselves back at home again. It may be that you have been furloughed or maybe you are still working but doing it from your home. During these times it is very easy to get complacent and not keep up our usual hygiene standards. It may be that you are just answering calls from your home in which case you may think that there is no point in getting dressed. Often brushing our teeth is something that we do when we go up to get dressed, so if we are not getting dressed for work you may forget to brush your teeth. Research also shows that we are consuming more sweet treats at the moment so this will only add to the need to brush your teeth properly.

It is important to try and keep some sort of schedule to your daily life as not only will this ensure you are more organised but it is also good for our metal health. Try and keep any dental appointments you may have and be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.

Sedatives for Nervous Dental Patients

Posted on 31 July, 2020  in News

Many patients are very nervous about going to the dentist and may need some support from their dentist to help make the experience better. Sedatives can really help these types of patients, and an IV sedative can be just what they need to get through a stressful treatment such as a root canal treatment or a filling.

Many practices can offer sedation for nervous patients and it requires some specialist training. You will need to know how to administer a sedative safely and how to keep patients safe throughout the treatment, plus you will need to be able to react if something goes wrong. This type of training is a great asset to your professional profile and it will really help you to offer services for a broader range of patients, who might otherwise be too afraid to visit the dentist. Look into where you can get the relevant training if you want to offer sedative to dental patients.