Finding a local dentist that you can trust

Posted on 27 August, 2020  in Dental Care

Looking after your teeth is vitally important and alongside good dental hygiene regular visits to the dentist should be a priority if you want to avoid dental problems in the future. A few years ago, it was exceedingly difficult to find an NHS dentist who was taking on new patients, but this has now changed with most towns having a dentist that you can register with.

Some people have an aversion to visiting the dentist perhaps because they have had a bad experience in the past and so try to find a dentist that they feel understands their fear and who they can trust. The best way to find a suitable dentist is to go on the recommendation of family and friends and read online reviews as fear of dental treatment is a common phobia.

When you find a dentist who you feel will be sympathetic it is a good idea to spend time relating past dental experiences to them so that they are aware of any issues you may have.

If you are taking children to the dentist perhaps for the first time most dentists are very amenable and encourage children to simply sit in the dentist’s chair and open their mouths until they are old enough to be able to let the dentist check their teeth in any detail.

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.

Dental Immediate Life Support Training – What is it and Why do you Need it?

Posted on 27 March, 2020  in News

Some dentists and other dental professionals will need to undergo dental immediate life support training, not just to satisfy requirements, but to be able to carry out their work safely and ensure the safety of their patients. This ensures they can practice safely and carry out necessary treatments, whilst having the right skills and knowledge to provide these services. It is an advanced type of training that won’t be needed by every dental team, but it’s essential that dentists and nurses that offer sedation to patients have this training, so they can react if an emergency situation does occur.

Who needs to undertake dental immediate life support (DILS) training? How much study is required?

Dentists and dental teams that offer sedation to patients will need to undergo dental immediate life support training, with the idea being that they will be able to react quickly if a patient goes into cardiac arrest. This is a very unlikely situation, and many dental practices offer sedation to patients on a daily basis, managing the process very safely. However, sedation is an increasingly popular option, especially for people who may have a phobia of going to the dentist. This makes it essential to manage sedation safely and make sure the team treating the patient can look after them properly. DILS training will help you to do just this.

DILS certification is required as a prerequisite of your record of competence. The CQC guidelines say all members of any dental team providing conscious sedation ‘must undergo a minimum of 12 hours of continuing professional development every 5 years.’ This will keep knowledge current and up to date, so you’ll learn the latest industry best practice.

When might you need to use your dental immediate life support training?

There is a very low chance of you needing to put your training into practice, but if you do find yourself in a situation where a patient is unwell, then you’ll be able to treat them more effectively. The training goes into how to manage patients who are experiencing a cardiac arrest, giving you and a nursing team the skills to carry out airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, if needed. This will give your patient a higher chance of recovery if you’re able to carry this out immediately, rather than waiting for a cardiac arrest team to arrive on site.

Who provides DILS courses – where can you undertake the necessary training?

There are various providers offering DILS courses, so you need to find the right one to gain your qualifications and have all the required knowledge as a dentist or dental nurse. As this is very important training that also ties in with CQC guidance, it’s best to look for a course that will cover all necessary information in regards to this. Look for courses that are tied to the Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care 2015, as this will cover everything you need. A good, thorough training course in DILS will cover both adult and paediatric care.

Dental Check-Ups – What do they Look for?

Posted on 29 December, 2019  in News

It can seem all too easy to put off your regular dental check-up, or even to miss it altogether. Too many people in the UK think that a dental check-up isn’t an essential part of their dental care, and will end up neglecting their oral health. Don’t be tempted to do this, as it’s a very important part of your overall oral care. After all, you wouldn’t go to bed without brushing your teeth, would you?

A dental check-up looks for signs of plaque, decay, infection, or other oral concerns, such as mouth cancer. Your dentist will also look at the health of your gums and may take x-rays to look at surrounding bone structures. It’s important you attend your check-up appointment so that any issues can be detected early. This makes them easier to treat and can help avoid invasive treatments such as root canal, or even tooth removal.

Dental Implants and Oral Hygiene

Posted on 6 November, 2019  in News

Dental implants are permanent replacements for teeth that are missing or loose and need to be taken out. They are one of the most realistic options you can pick to replace teeth, but importantly, they are also one of the most hygienic. Removable options can be removed to be cleaned, but they have more components that can become dirty throughout the day.

One of the best things about dental implants is that they can be looked after almost exactly like normal teeth. However, it is very important that you look after them well as you need to do everything you can to prevent them becoming infected. Infection could lead to the implant needing to be removed, so it’s important to clean implants thoroughly. Establish a good oral hygiene routine and carefully floss between all teeth and implants twice a day. You should also visit a hygienist on a regular basis.