How to Deal With Dental Anxiety


Dental anxiety is a very common problem across the UK, with over 50% of Brits choosing just to avoid their appointments. However, it was also found that most toothache root from untreated infections, meaning that due to this anxiety, a lot of dental issues are going untreated. So, how can you combat your dental anxiety and ensure a good level of dental health? We’ve put together a list of key things to consider when battling dental anxiety, making sure that you can get the dental treatment you need. 


Research your dentist before your appointment 

To make sure you’re going to be comfortable with your new practice and dentist, it’s best to research them before booking your appointment. Some dentists may even specialise in anxious patients. A good place to get a feel for your dentist is through reading customer testimonials. At Dental Perfection, we strive to offer our patients high quality, gentle and friendly care. You can read our customer testimonials here


Communicate anxieties with your dentist

By telling your dentist in advance that you are anxious about your appointment or treatment, they can make sure they make you as comfortable as possible. This could be by explaining the treatment they are going to do, or how the appointment will run. This will help put your mind at ease and reduce any stress. 


Focus on your breathing

Once you’re actually in the chair, a great way to manage your anxiety is to control and focus on your breathing. A great practice is to hold your breath in through your nose for about four seconds. Hold this breath for three seconds and then exhale slowly over about 5 seconds. Wait a few seconds before taking another breath and then begin the process again. This should help to keep you calm and relaxed during your treatment. 


Listen to music 

Taking headphones to your appointment and listening to calming music during your treatment, can help to remove yourself from the situation and reduce stress and anxiety. This can help to distract your brain from any treatment you are undergoing, whilst also keeping you relaxed and calm. It’s worth discussing with your dentist if this is possible beforehand.


Agree a hand signal

Before you begin your treatment or appointment, agree a hand signal with your dentist to let them know to stop if it gets too much. A lot of dental anxiety comes from worry about not being able to talk or communicate during an appointment. By agreeing to hand signals, you can be reassured that treatment can be stopped if you need it to be. 


Avoid Caffeine 

Caffeine is a stimulant, and its jittery effects on the body can send someone with anxiety into fight or flight mode. This is a similar reaction to when your body experiences fear or stress, therefore over-stimulating yourself with caffeine can increase anxiety levels or even cause a panic attack. 


Choose a stress-free appointment time

Book an appointment at a time when you’re least likely to be stressed or under pressure. This may be a weekend appointment so you don’t have to rush back from work to your appointment. Or, you could book an early morning appointment so you don’t spend the whole day worrying about it. 


Ask about numbing gel 

If your anxiety mainly stems from a fear of needles and, in particular, the pain – you can ask your dentist to provide numbing gel. At dental perfection we are happy to do this for customers who are worried about pain and discomfort. By requesting numbing gel, you can reassure yourself that you have some sort of barrier to needle discomfort and pain. 


Start small 

If you’ve avoided dental appointments for a stretch of time due to your anxiety, then it’s best to start small with a check up appointment so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Booking yourself in for a particularly painful treatment is only going to heighten anxiety levels. 

We’re happy to support any of our patients through their dental anxiety. You can view our dental treatments to find more information on what we can offer, and how we help to calm nervous patients. Or you can call, or book an appointment to talk through your worries.


What are the Best Teeth Whitening Options?


As the popularity of social media and its effects on us rise, everyone is striving to achieve new beauty standards including perfectly white teeth. So how can you achieve this for yourself and what’s important to consider? Each mouth and set of teeth are different, so different methods will work better for different people. Therefore it’s important to do your research. 


You’ll want to find a reputable dentist to complete your teeth whitening process. You can find our customer testimonials at Dental Perfection here. Teeth whitening is a dental procedure and can therefore only be legally carried out by a dentist. Done wrong, whitening can cause more problems such as dental pain or hypersensitivity. There could be an underlying health problem (such as gum disease) that is causing the discolouration in your teeth. If you have underlying dental problems, whitening your teeth may make them appear healthier, when in actual fact they are not. It’s always a good idea to book a consultation with a reputable dentist to get your oral health checked before completing a whitening procedure.  


Seeing a Hygienist


Sometimes all that is needed to create a whiter teeth appearance, is the lifting of surface stains. This can usually be achieved in a quick 30-40 minute appointment with a dental hygienist. This is why it is important to see a hygienist before beginning a whitening procedure -you may not need to use such a corrosive method. It’s also beneficial in some instances to get this done before whitening to achieve a more even and whiter smile for your end results. 


Certain whitening methods should be avoided as they are ineffective and bluntly a waste of money, they can also be damaging to your teeth and overall dental health. Often these products will not contain a high enough amount of whitening substances, as they are illegal to be sold over the counter.


Over-the-Counter Whitening Products


Over the counter whitening toothpastes and powders should be avoided as they do not work to change the internal colouring of the tooth. Toothpaste does not have a high enough dosage of whitening agencies to cause effect . At best, these options can remove surface stains, but can also cause damage to the protective enamel on your teeth. If you’re looking to improve your general oral health, it’s best to book an appointment with a hygienist and benefit from the long term effects. 


Teeth Whitening Procedures


Professional Teeth Whitening


Receiving professional teeth whitening from someone with skill and experience can leave your teeth with a whiter appearance, without causing any damage to your gums or enamel. However, there are a couple of different methods professionals use to deliver teeth whitening, each with their own individual benefits. They may fit you with a custom tray which will then be filled with whitening gel. You will then wear this at home for a specific advised amount of time over a series of days. 


Some professionals also offer in-chair whitening. This is a one off treatment that provides an instantly whiter smile appearance.


Internal Bleaching


This option is only suitable for non-vital teeth, or those that have been discoloured over time. Usually these teeth would receive a root canal treatment after trauma. Bleach is placed inside the tooth for the amount of time it takes to achieve the desired shade of white. Once this has been achieved the bleach will then be removed. 


Veneers and Crowns 


Veneers are a thin molding made from porcelain. This is then bonded to the front of an existing tooth. Veneers are used to correct discoloured, stained, chipped, crooked and misshapen teeth. Veneers are a lifetime commitment once they have been fitted. They will need regular dentistry as they can chip and discolour over time. A dentist will discuss whether or not this is a suitable option for you. 


Online Teeth Whitening Kits


Teeth whitening kits available for purchasing online are not the same as professional whitening treatments, even though they are commonly misconceived as such. The amount of active bleaching agent included with the whitening gel can often be heightened to dangerous levels. If you are going to use an online whitening kit it is important to do your research and check the products’ ingredients. If they don’t contain whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, then they will probably contain ingredients such as sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate or citric acid, all of which will not work towards changing the internal colouring of your teeth. 


They are abrasive enough to remove surface stains, however at the cost of damaging your teeth’s enamel which can not be grown back. If there is peroxide in the ingredients, note the percentage and check that it complies with dentist guidelines (6%).  Be very careful of products that contain more than 1% peroxide. This is illegal to be sold over the counter (not prescribed by a dentist) and can be very damaging to your teeth. The tray received will also not be fitted to your teeth which can cause the issue of the whitening agent spilling out into your mouth and being swallowed. This can cause further health complications. Although dental whitening may be more expensive, it will be more effective and beneficial to your health over time. 


Here at Dental Perfection we offer a range of whitening procedures, and with a consultation we can choose the right procedure to comply with your current dental health without damaging your teeth. 


How to look after your teeth

Teeth Care and Hygiene Coventry

We wouldn’t want to say that tooth loss is inevitable, with regular dental practice visits a good home oral care regime and a fair wind we’d expect your smile to last a lifetime….but things do happen and tooth loss can happen.

So if you lost a tooth or two what do you do? Cover your mouth when you speak or smile for the rest of your life?  You could get a bridge fitted to replace a missing tooth perhaps but what if you have several teeth missing?  Maybe you’d be happy with a denture which you can take out and clean every night, leaving it by the bed to soak away until morning.  Perhaps you wouldn’t miss certain foods or be bothered by the sores that can occur with dentures which are not fitting properly.

The path to tooth loss is a tricky one and although missing a tooth at the back of your mouth seems like not too much of a problem did you know that over time the remaining teeth will move to try and fill the gap that has been created by the tooth loss – leading to a gappy smile all round!

Teeth Treatment and Solutions Coventry

Dental Implants can solve all of these problems.

Implants are the safe and effective long term solution to tooth loss and uncomfortable, ill-fitting dentures.  Implants are placed in the jawbone and then posts are fitted in to the implants.  The dental restoration or implant retained denture is then fitted on to this post.  This means that the tooth looks, feels and behaves just like your natural tooth.  No more gap.  No more hiding that smile.  No more missing out on the foods you love.

Just a huge boost in confidence to get out there and really start enjoying life again!

To book your free no obligation consultation please contact us here

Crooked Teeth to Straight Teeth

Quick straight teeth

There are many who are not happy with the straightness of their teeth when they smile.  It might be they don’t have any other issues with their smiles but their crooked teeth leave them having less confidence in their smile than they should.

Sometimes crooked teeth can leave to bite issues or make it particularly difficult to keep the healthy but in many cases they are simply slightly crooked or crowded.  At our Coventry practice we offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments including fixed wires and brackets through to ‘invisible’ aligners.  With this wide range of treatments it means we can treat many patients’ needs and cover adult orthodontics and younger patients.

Treating Crooked Teeth

We offer free no obligation consultation for our orthodontic treatments to give our patients the opportunity to find out about our range and make an informed decision regarding their treatment. You can book a consultation for orthodontic treatment.

Both the In-Line and Invisalign treatments we offer are exceptionally popular as they are incredibly discreet.  They both use clear retainers and most people don’t even realise that they are being worn.  They are also very comfortable as there are no wires or brackets and because they are removable they are not worn when eating, drinking or throughout your oral care regime.  This means that maintaining oral hygiene is not as hard as it might be if where conventional bracket and wire braces.

We also offer Six Month Smiles which uses clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to move teeth in to a more desirable position.  The method by which this is achieved means that treatment times are dramatically reduced – some patients achieve the smiles of their dreams in a matter of weeks!  Average treatment time is just six months from start to finish.

There really is something for everyone with our range of treatments so find out how we can improve your smile contact us today for your free consultation.  You can book a consultation for our Coventry practice.

Cheer up January with a whiter, brighter smile!

Professional teeth whitening from our Coventry dental practice

We know that the weather isn’t great. We know the days are short and the nights long. And we know that January doesn’t usually get any better!

This January why not treat yourself to a whiter, brighter smile and help spread a little sparkle throughout January….and beyond?

Our professional teeth whitening treatments are designed to gently remove the stains and tooth discolour which builds up over time, due to smoking or because of the types of food and drink you consume.

These stains and yellowing of the teeth can make you lose confidence in your smile and as it’s one of the things people notice first about you, it’s important to be able to show it off whenever you can!

If you’d like to start 2018 with a smile that has been restored to its natural whiteness then contact the team today and book in for a consultation so we can tell you how we can improve your smile.

Just six months to a great, straight smile!

Six Month Smiles discreet orthodontics available with credit facilities at our Coventry dental practice

There could be many reasons that you’ve been putting off finding out more about the orthodontics we offer here at Dental Perfection in Coventry. Maybe you don’t want to wear metal bracket and wire braces as they appear too obvious. Maybe you don’t like the idea of wearing braces for a couple of years. Perhaps you’ve been stalling because you are concerned about the cost?

Whatever your reason for not taking the first steps towards a straighter smile, Six Month Smiles could be your solution.

Six Month Smiles work gently yet effectively to move your teeth into a more desirable position with much shorter treatments times; sometimes even just weeks!

Six Month Smiles are super discreet because the brackets and wires are tooth coloured so they blend in to your natural smile.

Six Month Smile treatments are available with our finance options helping you to spread the cost of treatment into convenient monthly payments.

If you’d like to find out if your smile could benefit from the Six Month Smiles treatment contact us to book a FREE, no obligation consultation.

Would you like £500 off, free whitening and interest free credit for your straighter, more attractive smile!?!

Limited places remain for our Orthodontic event on the 16th November!

It’s not often that life gives you something for nothing but when it does we think you should grab it with both hands!

If you’ve ever considered orthodontic brace treatment to help you achieve a straighter, more effective smile then our orthodontic event is something you shouldn’t miss.

Not just because you can have a free consultation with our team. Not just because they will talk through your treatment options and finance details so you are fully informed, and not just because our team is friendly and professional….we’ve some much better reasons for you to attend on the day!

For patients who attend the event and then go ahead with full orthodontic treatment we’re offering a fantastic £500 off the cost of treatment. We’ll also give you free professional teeth whitening once your treatment has been completed so your smile will look its very best! AND, we’re offering Interest Free Credit on the day as well, so you can spread the cost of treatment in to convenient monthly payments!

All you need to do to book your place at this event is to contact the practice today. Places are limited so don’t delay!

Just a couple of hours to take years off your looks!

Zoom2 can give you a whiter, smile in double quick time at our Coventry dental practice

Did you know that teeth whitening is illegal if performed by someone who is not a registered dental professional? Did you also know that whitening products brought online can often be unregulated, meaning at best they are ineffective and at worst could damage your teeth!

To be sure that your teeth whitening treatment is safe, legal and effective always chose a dental practice to provide you with the treatment. Although it might seem more cost effective to buy a treatment from a beauty salon or online if you can’t be sure that the treatment is legal and safe then is your smile really worth the risk?

Our in-practice Zoom2 teeth whitening is fast, effective and safe and as it is performed by only registered dental professional you know it is completely legal too. The treatment can give you a whiter, brighter smile in as little as 90 minutes. After the in-practice treatment we recommend ‘topping up’ your whiteness with a handy at home pack.

To find out more about our teeth whitening treatments book a no obligation consultation to find out how it could improve your smile.

Like a straighter, more attractive smile?

It’s possible with orthodontics from Dental Perfection in Coventry

Orthodontics is the future of cosmetic dentistry. Many of us as adults wish that we could turn back the clock to our adolescence and choose to have braces so that we had a straighter, more attractive smile. Perhaps visible wires and brackets put them off?

You’re never too old to straighten your teeth! Many people often think that if you don’t have treatment as a child that nothing can be done – not true! Some are put off by the thought of wearing unsightly ‘train-track’ braces for up to 3 years – no need to worry!

Dental Perfection can offer ‘invisible’ and clear braces to straighten you teeth and create the perfect natural smile.

Ask any of the team at Dental Perfection in our Coventry state-of-the-art practice to find out more about adult orthodontics, clear braces and aligners by contacting us today

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month!

Do you know the signs and symptoms?

Mouth Cancer Action Month runs throughout November and this year it focuses on the campaign phrase ‘If in doubt, get checked out’

Mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek. Given that early detection is so crucial for survival it’s essential that people know the signs and symptoms so they can be aware and get checked if they have any concerns.

The signs and symptoms not to ignore include:

  • Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks
  • Red and white patches in the mouth
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area

If you have any concerns whatsoever about your mouth we urge you to make an appointment with a dentist or GP so they can put your mind at rest or take action if they believe it is needed.

To find out more about Mouth Cancer Action Month please look at their dedicated website