Dental Devices

 

Dental Devices

Your dentist may recommend an oral device or splint to help ensure your long-term oral health. To ensure your splint or device is effective and comfortable, our laboratory technicians create custom-made devices, specifically designed for your teeth, mouth and particular problem.

Here are a few reasons why you may benefit from an oral device or splint:

Teeth Clenching or Grinding

You may be one of the 80% of adults who clench or grind your teeth. It typically occurs as you sleep and can be brought on by anxiety or stress. Clenching or grinding can lead to many physical problems such as a stiff neck and shoulders, headaches, migraines, disturbed sleep, wearing down of teeth, pain, or limited movement of the jaw called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

An oral device or occlusal splint may help relieve the painful symptoms that can occur from clenching or grinding and can also protect your teeth from further damage. An occlusal splint is a small plastic mouth guard, that is non-invasive and can be fitted and used immediately. The splint protects the teeth from premature wear, reduces jaw muscle activity and the noise from grinding the teeth.

There are different options available, and your dentist will discuss the best choices for you.

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

There are several solutions available for snoring and sleep apnoea. If the snoring is mainly coming from your mouth, you may benefit from a mandibular advancement splint (M.A.S.). The splint is most effective for both snoring and sleep apnoea as it gently holds your lower jaw and tongue forward, allowing your airway to open and making space to breathe and prevent snoring. Your splint will be made out of medical grade plastic.

If you grind or clench your teeth or struggle with snoring or sleep apnoea, we’d love to help. Click here to contact us or call us at 01403 252646.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

We have reopened the practice on 22 June 2020.

Treatment that was postponed and emergencies after lockdown are now prioritised in order of urgency. We will continue to provide telephone and e-mail support to all our patients during this time.

If you need advice on a dental emergency please contact us 01403 252646 or email us at appointments@worthingroaddentalpractice.com.

Please do not come into the practice.

To conform with current safety guidelines and social distancing requirements following measures will be in place:

We will not be able to see as many patients as before. Therefore, we will be taking a phased approach to resumption of service. As above, will start with those patients who have had, or have dental emergencies.

Rest assured, the practice is as safe as possible and we will continue, as always, to apply effective infection control and decontamination to treat all patients, together with the additional safety guidelines from the government.

Thorough decontamination of surgeries and equipment are done between every appointment; therefore, we will need more time between appointments to do that.

Depending on the type of treatment, some surgeries will need to remain empty for an hour before we can clean them.

Taking into consideration that the practice is in a Grade II listed building and the need to social distance; we will only have 1 dentist treating patients, which will considerably reduce available surgery time.

The hygienist will only be able to offer hand scaling, oral hygiene instruction and polish, they will not be able to offer ultrasonic scaling at this time.

Changes before and on the day of your appointment

We will contact you one day before your appointment to check you COVID status and complete a risk assessment.

When you arrive for your appointment please knock on the door and wait for someone to open the door. It might take a while sometimes but rest assure they know you are expected. You will not be able to wait in the waiting room. Therefore, please arrive on time but not early. The front door will remain locked.

You will have to wear a face covering when you come for your appointment, please do not remove it until you are asked to do so. You will not be seen without a covering. We do not have enough PPE to provide them to you.

You must attend your appointment alone, unless your child also has an appointment, or you are a carer for a vulnerable adult.

Please do not bring your children or other members of your family to your appointment. You will be asked to use hand gel when you enter the practice. All staff will be wearing PPE.

Please attend the practice with as few personal items as possible. You will be asked to put it in your pockets and if it is not possible you will need to place it in a box at reception. Upon entering and leaving the surgery we will ask you to use hand gel again. The toilet facilities will not be available.

Payment will be taken remotely prior to, or after your appointment. We will not be accepting cash or cheques.

We will call or email to arrange your next appointment. Due to reduced chair time and high demand we ask you to strictly follow these steps. Failed appointments could result in deregistration from the practice. Please let us know 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend.

Visit our website for more information about when the practice will re-open. In the meantime, please do not attempt to make a new appointment.

If you experiencing a dental emergency such as severe pain or need advice you should continue to contact the surgery who will be able to help on 01403 252646 or email us at appointments@worthingroaddentalpractice.com.

For out-of-hours emergency appointments:

Sussex Community NHS Trust provides out-of-hours appointments. More information is available for clinics located in the Crawley, Haywards Heath, Worthing and Chichester areas.

Click here for more details on how to make appointments or receive advice.

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