Nervous patients and avoiding the dentist

Tuesday, 25th May, 2021

Good oral health is essential for overall well-being and regular visits to the dentist Meath are vital in maintaining effective oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums. Despite excellent home brushing and flossing techniques, plaque and tartar can build up over time. Regular appointments with the dentist can remove plaque and tartar, which are major causes of gum disease, dental decay, and tooth loss.

Unfortunately many people are afraid of the dentist. Dental phobia is common and found in 53% of the adult population in the UK. Many people are so afraid that they avoid the dentist altogether. This can be extremely detrimental to oral health. It is important that any dental issues such as sensitivity, bleeding gums or toothache are reported immediately to our dentist Meath to avoid progression of such issues. Our dentist Meath can help rescue the tooth and prevent damage to surrounding dentition, ultimately reducing further issues in the future.

Here at Navan Dental we understand that dental phobia is distressing and traumatic, however it is extremely important to treat dental issues before they worsen. If you are feeling extremely nervous about visiting the dentist, we can administer intravenous sedation, using a single benzodiazepine drug, usually Midazolam. Although the injection is not an anaesthetic, it provides enough comfort and ease to make you so sleepy and drowsy that most patients do not remember what happened during the time they were sedated. Once you are successfully sedated, you'll be given a local anaesthetic injection in the gum which will numb your mouth so that the necessary treatment can be carried in comfort and ease.

Fillings and white fillings

Dental fillings are a common procedure which most adults usually require at least once in their lifetime. Fillings are required when your tooth becomes infected or decayed. It involves the tooth being cleaned out and refilled with specialist dental filler. Previously these nearly always used to be silver or amalgam fillings, made of mercury, silver, tin, copper and zinc. Although highly effective in performing their duties, they could affect how you feel about your smile as they are clearly visible in your mouth. Speak to our dentist about white composite fillings as an attractive alternative to ordinary fillings. They are constructed to be more subtle and they blend in with your surrounding dentition to the point that they are almost invisible and they are specifically coloured to match your surrounding teeth.

Root canals

Root canal treatment, which is an endodontic treatment, is also carried out frequently by our dentist and treats infection of the dental pulp, which is found inside the tooth and contains the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue associated with that tooth. The most common way for bacteria to infect the dental pulp is tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs as a result of a build-up of acids and bacteria known as plaque. If plaque is not cleaned and removed regularly it may result in tartar and cavities. Cavities are small holes in the tooth and enamel. If left untreated, a cavity can progress in size, eating its way through the dentine and into the pulp. Root canal therapy is carried out by removal of the infected pulp, the cleaning and disinfection of the inside of the tooth, and the filling and sealing of the area preventing re-infection. Speak to us here at Naval Dental about your dental issues today, your comfort and well-being is our top priority and we are always here to help. We also accept medical card patients (Irish NHS).

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