Frequently asked questions and answers at Smile Care Cosmetic Centre Dentists in Plymouth

Q&As for Smile Care Cosmetic Dentists Plymouth

We’ve answered some of the most common questions patients have about our treatments. We hope these will help answer your questions. We are here to help you with receiving the best dental care for your needs. You can contact us anytime to get your questions answered. You may want to arrange a consultation to find out how we can help you.

Q: “I don’t like visiting dentists – what can Smile Care do to help make it a better process for me?”

In order to make your dental experience pleasant, we offer several options to keep you relaxed during your visits.

We use various relaxation techniques such as surround-sound music and an overhead patient entertainment system in the surgery, to enable you to watch a movie or listen to your favourite CD as a distraction to your treatment.

Some patients benefit from oral medications or different forms of sedation to help calm and relax them.

We can discuss prescription medication which can ease your mind and make your dental treatment even more pleasant.Top

Q: “I want to make sure I’m doing the right thing and so I have a lot of questions about my treatment?”

As you consider pursuing dental treatment, several questions may arise.

We are always available to address any specific concerns you might have.

You can rest assured that with our extensive experience, we have encountered situations like yours before and can offer suggestions to help move you closer to the smile you’ve always wanted.

Perhaps in the past, inability to overcome your fears, concerns and anxiety has caused you to delay seeking quality dental care or smile makeover treatment.

Let us help you to overcome some of these hurdles. Your reward will be a healthy, beautiful smile you can be proud of.Top

Q: “How long will the dentistry work I have done last?”

If you bought a new car and asked the salesperson how long it would last, what would they say? Longevity of a car would depend on such things as your driving habits, maintenance, and a multitude of other factors.

When considering aesthetic (cosmetic) dentistry such as smile design, people often ask “How long will these restorations last?”

This is a difficult question to answer accurately, due to the fact that the longevity of man-made dental work depends on many factors such as the patients’ diet, bite, habits (i.e. nail-biting, clenching, grinding), and most importantly home care and maintenance.

The best way to respond to this question is to tell you that we consider these restorations to be long-term and durable.

Many cosmetic dentists predict that they will last 25 years or more.

We appreciate the fact that this level of value-added dental work is an investment, and we intend to make that investment a good one for you.Top

Q: “How much pain will be involved in my treatment – I’ve had a previous bad experience and am very nervous?”

We certainly understand why some people are reluctant to seek dental care due to previous painful or unpleasant experiences.

We will invite you to share with us your specific concerns so we may understand any anxiety you might have.

It is always gratifying to hear our patients report that they were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable dental care can be.

Painless injection techniques, long-lasting local anaesthetics, and advancements in materials and treatment modalities have made our procedures more comfortable than you may think.

Even for extensive treatments, most of our patients are able to return to their normal activities on the day of their procedure.

We also offer a more advanced way of dealing with ‘dental anxiety’ – sedation.

For more information on sedation techniques click the link below.Top

Q: “I am very scared of having the treatment – what sedation options does Smile Care offer?”

Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia.

Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, we can provide various degrees of dental sedation.

The three most common methods of sedation are:  conscious sedation with oral medications (sedatives), inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide, and intravenous (IV) sedation.

These techniques enable patients who seek for assuring relaxation to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile.

Anxious or even phobic patients often discover that sedation dentistry can offer the perfect solution for maintaining good oral health while being in a totally relaxed state or sleep-like state.

Types of Dental Sedation

1) Most commonly, oral conscious sedation (usually in the form of anti-anxiety or “happy” pills such as diazepam) is prescribed for relieving anxiety  and can be given to a patient the night before a dentistry procedure or 30 minutes to an hour before the dental appointment, depending on the severity of the anxiety.  An anti-anxiety or sedative-hypnotic drug taken the night before the appointment can help with falling asleep and getting some rest.

2) Inhalation sedation (with nitrous, nitrous oxide – known as “laughing gas”, “happy gas”) is a form of conscious sedation, and is used to induce a state of relaxation.

3) Intravenous (IV) sedation in the form of drugs is administered into the blood-stream through a vein.Top

Q: “Are there health risks associated with dental procedures?”

At Smile Care Cosmetic Dentists Plymouth we pay special attention to the safety and comfort of our patients.

We use the highest quality biocompatible materials, including mercury-free fillings.

Only pure distilled water is used during dental procedures.

Any accessories or instruments that cannot be discarded after use is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.

Modern advances in treatment modalities, materials or equipment that promise to enhance patient comfort or safety are first thoroughly evaluated, and, only after meeting our stringent high standards, incorporated into our patient care regimen.

Gentle care and the safest equipment and techniques are hallmarks of Smile Care Cosmetic Dentists PlymouthTop

Q: “How long will my treatment take so that I have the smile I’ve always wanted?”

We take great pride in customising your treatment plan.

As we discuss your options, we will endeavour to complete your case according to your requested time frame.

For some, that means doing a lot of treatment over a short period of time. For others, it may be best to divide the project into several phases to occur over several months.

Some procedures can be completed in one visit, whilst others are more complex and must be planned to allow ample time for design and development by our dental laboratories.

In order to determine the best way to meet your goals, we will need to thoroughly evaluate every aspect of your dental health.

At your first visit, we will spend time talking with you to discover what your expectations and goals are for your smile. We will then gather diagnostic information such as x-rays, photographs, intra-oral images and study models of your teeth, and complete a comprehensive oral examination.

With this information, we will be able to carefully study not only the cosmetic aspects of your smile, but also the bite, function, and general health of your teeth and gums. After compilation of all this data, we will discuss the options available to you in attaining the smile you’ve always wanted.

We hope that these answers have helped you in taking a step closer to your dream smile. We are here to help you with receiving the best dental care for your needs. You can contact us anytime to get your questions answered. You may want to arrange a consultation to find out how we can help you. We look forward to seeing you soon at Smile Care.Top