Our dental hygienist carries out preventive treatments under the instruction of the dentist and is concerned with providing patients with treatment to improve their periodontal condition.
The initial appointment with a hygienist involves a periodontal assessment to identify a patient's oral health. This includes an examination of the periodontal condition by visual observation of the health of the gums, checking for the presence of plaque and calcalus, recording the depth of any periodontal pocket and extent of recession, checking for bleeding and suppuration. The Florida Probe can be used to provide patients with a detailed written report showing the current condition of their oral health. Various reports can be provided and used to chart the change in periodontal condition over a number of appointments. This allows patients to monitor their periodontal condition and motivate them to take preventive action before their oral health deteriorates.
The most common procedure performed by a hygienist is the scale and polish which involves the removal of the sticky plaque that builds up on teeth and the hardened version called calculus. Scaling can be done with either a hand scaler and/or an ultrasonic scaler. After the plaque has been removed the teeth are polished using a dental paste. In cases of more advanced periodontal disease the hygienist may perform root planing which involves removal of calcalus along the full length of the root.
Patients will be given oral instruction to show the correct method of brushing and flossing. Advice may be given on oral hygiene products that the patient can use at home. The hygienist is very happy to answer your questions that you may have about any of our hygiene treatments or your oral health.
Dental sedation is available for people who are anxious about dental treatment or those who have developed a phobia about dentistry. It enables patients who might otherwise avoid or delay treatment to enjoy healthy smiles. We provide conscious sedation in one of three ways: intravenous sedation, oral sedatives or through inhalation nitrous oxide. Both these forms of sedation reduce anxiety but may not provide pain relief - so an injection of local anaesthetic may be required. Our no pain injections (also known as the Wand) are available to diminish anxiety about dental injections. The patient remains conscious throughout the procedure and can communicate with the dentist at all times. A small clip-like device known as a pulse oximeter is place on a patient's finger and is used to monitor the patient's level of consciousness throughout the procedure.