Anxiety Patients and Anaesthetic Procedures
Many people suffer from anxiety when faced with a visit to the dentist due to past traumatic experiences. Longstanding avoidance of dentist visits makes the decision to finally take action and seek our help more and more difficult. It is usually a close relative, themselves one of our patients, who help in assisting an anxious patient to overcome their fears and even accompany them on their first visit to our surgery.
We - our whole team - are there for these patients in this difficult moment. At your initial consultation, we will help you to overcome your reluctance of talking about your past experiences and help you to share your thoughts about your teeth with us. After we have formed a comprehensive picture of you, your wishes and your worries, we will first ask you about possible pre-existing conditions, medication, pre-treatments and past visits to the dentist. We want to find out what is important to you as a person during any possible future treatment and how we can best help you to deal with your fears. This is then followed by a thorough examination of your mouth, jawbones and teeth. We shall inspect, measure, carefully check and photograph each tooth individually. In the majority of cases it is useful to take an x-ray of your teeth and jawbones. Should you possess x-rays not older than 6 months, you can bring them with you to your first appointment.
Afterwards, we will discuss the various options, therapies and ways available for ensuring anxiety free treatment with you in detail. In this way, we can determine the best way for you to return to complete dental health. We will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the possible anaesthetic procedures and what alternatives are available. We offer every type of anaesthetic, ranging from local anaesthesia, via sedation (sedative medications), right through to a general anaesthesia (ITN). You will also receive a clear explanation of the likely costs. The treatment plan that we shall ultimately provide contains a precise cost estimate which we shall adhere to. You can then decide in the comfort of your own home, and without obligation, what your preferences are and whether and when a possible treatment should begin. All you need to do then is call to make your first treatment appointment.
Examination and information briefing
1. Initial examination and consultation
As before any treatment, including implantation, a detailed consultation takes place. First of all, we take a lot of time to build up a precise picture of the conditions in your mouth, your lifestyle and your state of health. In doing so, we take your personal wishes and options into special consideration.
2. Taking images and X-rays
After the initial consultation with the dentist, in which we were able to get an impression of you and your dental health, we will take images of your teeth and mouth area for further diagnosis. If there are reasons which call for an X-ray, we will also take these images. The aim is to verify any abnormalities found on the basis of the instrument-based diagnostics (X-rays, further tests).
3. Discussing the findings
After getting to know you as a patient and determining your state of health and unique dental findings, we will discuss the possible diagnoses with you. Should you have a diagnosis which needs treatment, we are able to make a treatment plan for you in this same appointment. We inform you of the ailments or any existing tooth, mouth or jaw damage, help to place them in the context of your general health and point out possible therapy methods which could contribute to the healing process. We offer the entire spectrum of modern dentistry and determine what is possible and sensible for you. Our extensive experience, together with the possibilities of modern diagnostics, ensures the best possible pre-planning of the respective intervention. Digital x-rays and computer tomography in our own clinic provide a precise picture of the state of the jaw and form the most important basis for such treatment planning.
4. Calculation of the exact costs and treatment plan
We compile a clear and comprehensive plan for you to give you certainty and exact information. The exact costs are calculated and broken down in the cost plan. The necessary treatment steps and appointments are listed. We can also provide you with your images and X-rays, so that– if you wish – you can obtain a second opinion before you make your final decision. A good decision takes time and trust. We can help you with this and would be happy to assist you after the discussion too.
Possible symptoms and treatments
Tooth decay and toothache
Toothache can have many causes. Usually it is due to acidic oral bacteria that have created a hole over the years – often between the teeth. If this goes deep enough, it causes pain. It does not always cause pain, however, and can also lead to the complete necrosis of the teeth. As a rule, the damaged area is then removed at the dentist’s using a drill and sealed up again with a solid material. In rare cases, the tooth is so severely damaged that a deeper filling – known as a root filling – is necessary, or the tooth may even have to be removed.
If the areas around the teeth are inhabited by harmful bacteria over a long time, this can lead to unwelcome consequences, such as infection and subsequent gingivitis, known as periodontitis. This disease usually progresses painlessly and gradually (chronically) and ultimately the teeth can become so loose that they are lost. This is entirely preventable – provided it is recognised and treated in time.
Damaged teeth and tooth loss
Tooth extraction may be necessary with heavily damaged teeth or after severe gum inflammation. If teeth have been removed or have fallen out on their own, they need to be restored, otherwise the remaining teeth and jaw joints may get overloaded. Very few people can do without strong and healthy teeth, which affect speech, chewing and general quality of life. Modern dentistry can help you here.
Unsightly and discoloured teeth
Unsightly, discoloured, crooked teeth covered with deposits are not only socially awkward but can also have a negative impact on health. Hard plaque is a direct barrier to effective oral hygiene, thus promoting the development of gingivitis and tooth decay. Professional dental hygiene in particular can help here. When this is not enough, the shape and appearance of the teeth can be improved according to your wishes using modern aesthetic dentistry techniques.
Other symptoms and treatments
Many other diseases and problems can develop in the teeth, mouth and jaw area. It is important for us that we learn together with you the exact course of events leading up to the problems, the nature of the pain, and the duration and type of health problems you are experiencing. We can only arrive at the right diagnosis and successful therapy together with you following a detailed examination and a comprehensive dental consultation. That is why we do not usually carry out any treatments at the first appointment, but instead use the first session to diagnose, plan and answer your questions. Please make an appointment for an initial examination, without obligation.
Detailed initial examination
This gives an exact diagnosis and a description of possible dental diseases in terms you can understand.
Necessary treatments and their alternatives will be discussed, taking as much time as needed.
You are always informed before costs are incurred. As a rule, a cost estimate will be prepared free of charge and contains a fixed and binding schedule of all expected costs.
Dentistry from a single source
Our team will be with you every step of the way, even for complex treatments and dental restorations. You can have complete trust in their expertise.
High-tech and up-to-date materials
Digital X-rays, 3D jaw imaging and computer-controlled and manufactured dental prostheses made of modern biocompatible ceramics.
Long-term dental hygiene
All of our treatments are designed for longevity and long-term dental health.
Safety through experience
Our team’s extensive experience offers you a high level of treatment safety, especially in complex renovations and reconstructions.
Aftercare and guarantee
We offer an aftercare programme in which you can participate to ensure long-term treatment success. This includes our long-term dental prosthesis guarantee.