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What to expect at Kensington Dental Practice
When you arrive at Kensington Dental Practice, you’ll be greeted by pleasant, compassionate staff and an environment that’s inviting and relaxing. At your very first visit, we’ll ask you to complete a medical questionnaire. You’ll then have a full examination with your dentist, which may include digital photographs and x-rays, along with lots of questions about your lifestyle, general health and oral hygiene habits. If a dental problem is identified, this will be discussed fully.
If further treatment is required, we will create a treatment plan detailing everything you can expect from our service, the costs involved and any time off you may need. You will have as much time as you need to ask questions and consider your options – including dental finance. Once you have confirmed you’re happy with your treatment plan, treatment can proceed – in some instances during the same appointment, especially if the dentist needs to eliminate pain. In other cases, you may need to return for a future appointment at a convenient time.
We won’t send you home after treatment without a clear understanding of what you need to do to keep your teeth and gums clean and infection-free. We will ask you to return you for follow-up appointments so we can check your recovery progress. If you have any concerns following your treatment, we will aim to see you as soon as possible.
Dealing with dental phobia
We understand that fear of the dentist can prevent you from getting the help you need at the right time, leading to a vicious cycle of avoidance and invasive treatment. As a Dental Phobia Certified practice, we fully encourage nervous patients to come and meet us for an informal consultation. By talking you through our processes, including sedation and pain-relief options, in a non-clinical environment, we can begin to allay some of your fears about getting dental treatment.
Dental sedation is highly effective at breaking that vicious cycle. Delivered intravenously, it combines anaesthetic with analgesic and sedative. This induces feelings of deep, sleepy relaxation, without requiring you to be completely unconscious, as with a general anaesthetic. IV sedation also has an amnesiac effect, so patients tend to believe they slept through the whole procedure, and are left with a positive experience of their dental treatment.