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FAQs

FAQs

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01. How do I make an appointment?
You can ring us at 053 9110388 or e-mail us at info@ocdental.ie and we will ring you back as soon as we can.
02. What happens if I am in pain after hours?
If OC Dental is closed and you are in need of emergency care, VHI swift care Dundrum opens till 9 pm Mon-Fri and 11-6 pm on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more details. The Dublin Dental Hospital also offers an emergency service from 5-10 pm on weekdays and from 9 am-10 pm on weekends. Please ring 01 6127200 to access this service. You can always leave a message if its out of hours and we will contact you immediately when our clinic next opens.
03. It feels like part of my tooth or filling has broken. What should I do?
Try to see your dentist as soon as possible so that we can repair the tooth. A tooth will eventually become painful if left without treatment and they may need root treatment or to be removed. If there is a delay to come to us, here are a few suggestions to keep the tooth as comfortable as possible. Avoid eating and drinking near that tooth. Use Sensodyne toothpaste or Colgate sensitive and rub in some toothpaste with your finger onto the injured tooth A temporary filling kit from the pharmacy can help in the short term but can be very difficult to use.
04. I get really nervous when I come to the dentist. Can you help me?
We are especially dedicated to caring for nervous patients! We understand that you may be embarrassed at the thought of visiting initially especially if it has been a while. Our whole focus is to make you feel as welcome and as comfortable as possible. At your first visit, we will listen to your concerns, discuss with you how we can make your visits with us as comfortable as possible. Then together with you, we will come up with a plan to restore your teeth and gums to health so that you can eat with comfort and smile with confidence. To help you at each visit, we will offer you - Earphones with the music of your choice - A soft blanket - A stress ballIf you need a little more help, we recommend Relaxation gas. This is a form of sedation that will make your visit a lot more pleasant and enjoyable. It will help you feel detached from what is going on and you may lose your sense of time. All you need to do is let us pop a nose piece on and breathe. You will recover straight away and can go about the rest of your day as normal. Relaxation gas works very well with children as well. If you feel that you would still find your visit too difficult to tolerate then we offer IV sedation. With this, we give you midazolam through a cannula in your hand. This will make you feel very relaxed and sleepy. You will be able to talk to us and follow instructions but when you recover, you will not remember anything from your visit. You will need somebody to bring you home afterward and to care for you for the rest of the day. We will go through a thorough assessment to ensure that you are suitable for IV sedation. IV sedation is not suitable for patients under 16 years.
05. Why do my gums bleed every time I brush my teeth?
When we miss spots when we are brushing, which we all do, soft plaque builds up around the necks and in between our teeth. Soft Plaque is full of bacteria which our gums hate. Our gums swell up, become red and bleed. If the plaque is there for a while, it will harden and then cannot be removed with the toothbrush or floss. We advise that you see your dentist or hygienist at least every six months to remove this buildup and keep your gums healthy. If the plaque is present for long periods, the bone that holds our teeth in position will start to melt away thus causing our teeth to loosen. This is the biggest reason that people lose their teeth over their lifetime.

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