Your First Visit to Diamond Dental Centre
Our team at Diamond Dental wants to take out any worry or concerns you might have about your first visit to meeting our team. At your first visit, we like to get to know you as this will be a long lasting relationship between yourself and the entire team at Diamond Dental. Upon arriving, we will ask you to complete a medical history form to help the dentist in understanding any medical concerns you have had in the past or present. The Dentist will call you and escort you to their comfortable and modern consulting room where your examination will commence. One of the experienced dental professionals will ask you some questions about your dental history, your health, your goals and plans. The dentist will then complete a visual examination and take some digital x-rays. A treatment plan is then handed to you with all the relevant information needed about your options and future treatment. Any questions you have will be answered and then we will make plans for your next visit either for treatment or your next routine examination appointment in six months time.
Can I alleviate my fear of the dentist?Yes!
Some people are so frightened of the dentist that they avoid dental treatment. But today’s dentists are sympathetic and in recognising real anxiety of patients, they have developed new techniques and approaches to help. Modern dentistry is very customer focused and as such, a range of sedation and relaxation techniques have been developed to help anxious patients overcome their fears.
What is sedation?
An effective way to treat the most nervous of patients is via intravenous sedation (injection). The drugs have a relaxing and calming effect but don’t prevent communication between dentist and patient so treatment can still be carried out easily. Weight, age and medical condition must be assessed before suitability for this kind of sedation is determined but this would all be discussed during the consultation with the dentist. Usually the patient would need to be referred to a specialist clinic for this treatment.
How will IV sedation in the surgery affect me?
Whilst IV sedation will make you drowsy and unaware of the treatment you are undergoing, you will remain lucid enough to communicate and cooperate with the dental team. The effects of the sedative will take time to wear off and you won’t be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time so it is important that someone can help you home after treatment and keep a careful eye on you for sometime afterwards. Your dentist will tell you how long it will be before the drugs are completely clear from your body.
What else can help?
You can be helped to feel relaxed by ‘relative analgesia’ sometimes known as inhalation sedation. This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (‘laughing gas’) which quickly leads to a pleasant, relaxed feeling. At the same time, your dentist puts you at ease through calming speech. Although you may feel a little drowsy, you remain conscious throughout but any treatment given causes you no discomfort. You breathe in the mixture through a nosepiece which is very comfortable. You can’t overdose on the gas as the mixture quickly leaves your body if you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air. There are no after-effects and you are able to drive a car about 15 minutes later. Many dentists use this safe and effective technique.
Will I ever feel differently about visiting the dentist?
We understand that previous experiences can deter patients from visiting a dentist on a regular basis. At diamond Dental, we get to know our patients and in time develop good relationships with them. Our dentists are highly trained to make your dental visit as comfit able and painless as possible. It is our goal to meet your needs and maintaining good oral health, but it in doing that we take great care in ensuring your individual needs are met. We have a number of different techniques available to illuminate your fears and concerns. We also have light sedation available in assisting with nerves and anxiety.
Same Day Emergency Treatment
If you experience any type of dental emergency for example- fractured tooth, lost filling, throbbing tooth, wisdom teeth pain, lost tooth, loose tooth, lost crown, fractured crown or bridge, please phone our office immediately and we will make a time to see you as soon as possible. During that phone call our experienced dental receptionist will assist you in what is the best care between the call and your appointment. We understand emergencies can occur at any time and we manage our books to allow for emergency appointments each day and we make it our duty of care to try and assist you as fast and efficiently as we possibly can.