Welcome to November’s edition of our monthly updates!
This month we bring you exciting news of yet another service we are introducing for new and existing patients, particularly for those who feel anxious about coming to the dentist- scroll down to read more!
I am pleased to inform you that we are making good progress in working through our backlog of dental care from the ‘first lockdown’. This is no easy task given the reduced capacity we find ourselves working in. However, we would like to reassure you that we are still open and ready to provide you with dental care should you need it. Although routine NHS checkups have not fully resumed, we would encourage you to contact us should you have a dental problem or concern. We operate a dentist-led triage advice line to allow you to access advice remotely and allows our dentists to assess whether you need to be assessed face-to-face.
Finally, we will also be sharing some information about oral cancer as part of the UK Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
As ever, our team are on hand to assist you, please call us on 01299 271 747.
NEW SERVICE: Dental Sedation for Anxious Patients
We are excited to announce that we will be introducing dental sedation to our extensive list of services at Cleobury Dental Practice. We know that coming to the dentist can be a very anxious experience for some, which is why this service will be of great value to many! We believe that dental anxiety should not get in the way of good dental health, so why not speak to our dentists about sedation for your future treatment?
What is dental sedation?
There are many different forms of sedation. At Cleobury Dental Practice, we use intravenous sedation, where a thin, plastic tube is inserted into a vein on your arm or hand. A sedative drug is then administered through this tube, which will make you feel relaxed and calm during your treatment.
Why should I have sedation?
Sedation is a great way to feel less anxious during dental treatment. It is a safe and reliable method, providing a feeling of deep relaxation during your dental treatment.
Will I be asleep?
Contrary to popular belief, sedation does NOT put you to sleep (that is a general anaesthetic which can only be done in hospitals). You will remain fully conscious throughout, however, you may feel drowsy. In addition, you may experience partial or complete memory loss while sedated.
Will I feel pain whilst sedated?
Your dentist will use local anaesthetic during your appointment to ensure your treatment is pain-free.
How do I get sedation at Cleobury Dental Practice?
Our dentists, Dr Pal BDS and Dr Sampson BDS, are both trained and experienced in dental sedation. Our dental nurse, Abigail, is also undergoing additional training to assist during sedation procedures. Speak to your dentist about sedation and whether your treatment would be available whilst sedated. A member of our team will then be in touch to arrange a short assessment appointment to ensure sedation is a suitable option for you. We can then arrange your appointment with Dr Pal or Dr Sampson.
Unfortunately, cases of mouth cancer are on the up with tobacco, alcohol and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) the main causes.
However, early detection of mouth cancer can save lives and improve the outcomes of treatment.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The things to look out for include:
1) An ulcer which does not heal within 3 weeks
2) Red, white or red and white patches inside the mouth or on the tongue
3) Lumps or swellings in the mouth, or on the face and neck
4) Difficulties swallowing
5) Unusual bleeding or numbness in your mouth
6) Pain or discomfort inside the mouth, or around the head and neck
HOW TO CHECK YOURSELF FOR MOUTH CANCER
We’ve attached the following video so you can carry out your own oral cancer screen in the comfort of your own home! All you need is a bathroom mirror and a good quality light source. Check the video out here: https://youtu.be/_6csIJAWj_s
If you are worried, concerned, or think you might have a symptom of mouth cancer, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR DENTIST! We are still open during this lockdown and our dentists can offer advice and arrange an appointment if needed.
Call us on 01299 271 747
As more and more of us are getting used to working from home, now is the perfect time to consider making your smile Zoom-meeting ready!
We are providers of cosmetic dental services including:
- Professional Teeth Whitening
- Composite (white) Fillings
- Hygienist Services to reduce staining and remove tartar deposits
Invisalign and Teeth Straightening