New Patients

1st appointment

Your first appointment is to meet the team and to talk about your dental problems. The discussion is followed by a detailed check on medical backgrounds where this is likely to influence treatment. We then examine your whole mouth and teeth, which includes a routine cancer screening. We have designed a logging system for recording anything unusual: we keep this for future reference where needed. After this we usually have a chat about likely treatment options and address any concerns or questions you may have.

2nd appointment

This is your treatment planning visit and will usually involve taking and developing x-rays to assess the health of individual teeth to help us decide on the precise treatment you need. We can then devise a specific treatment plan, the likely cost, and how much time we will need. Of course, full written estimates can be provided. Once a patient has decided on their treatment we then arrange actual treatment appointments - with busy modern life, we are very used to having to fit appointments in with patients’ working hours, holidays or even weddings !

New nervous patients

  • There are several reasons why people are apprehensive about visiting the dentist; these are the ones we hear most often.
  • Previous negative experience : probably the one we hear most
  • Embarrassment about the condition of your teeth
  • Fear of criticism about the state of your mouth
  • Fear of dental instruments
  • Gag reflex
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Unsympathetic dental staff !

At Teeth for Life we want to get past embarrassment and will never comment on the condition of patients’ mouths – we are here to help, not criticize ! You may fall into one of the categories above or have several reasons for your dental phobia, but the first step you can make in overcoming this fear is to recognize it and know that something can be done about it. Rest assured that you are not alone: there are many millions of people that suffer from dental phobias !

The Next Step

There are several ways in which we can help you overcome your anxieties, and many things that you yourself can do. These include: Communicating your fears and concerns – we are good listeners and this can go a long way towards relieving your anxieties. It is important that you can talk about your fears and concerns with us openly and comfortably.

We will give you a full explanation of the procedures involved to give you the opportunity to ask questions to help relieve that fear of the unknown. We also think it is important that we explain things in non-clinical, easy-to-understand language.

Try to be honest with us if you feel embarrassed about the condition of your teeth or your lack of previous dental care. We have seen many cases of dental neglect – and we will have seen teeth that are in a much worse state than yours ! The important thing is that you're taking a step in the right direction to resolving your problems.

Sedation can be used to put you in a relaxed, dream-like state of mind and is a really effective treatment for very anxious patients. To learn even more about sedation dentistry, visit our dental sedation page or visit www.dentalphobia.co.uk (Mr O’Donovan is a member)

Cosmetic dentists Stoke on Trent – Our dentists welcomes new dental patients at Teeth 4 Life Dental Practice. Feel free to contact us by phone or email to make an enquiry.