Scared of the dentist? How our team at Meadowbank Dental can help ease your anxiety

Fear of visiting the dentist, even for a simple check-up, is surprisingly prevalent throughout society today. When you fear paying your local dental surgery a visit, this can impact negatively on your teeth; minor issues may become more severe, and you may develop further problems with your oral health.

Dentist in EdinburghSo, what can you do? At Meadowbank Dental, our team of dentist in Edinburgh are experienced in helping the most nervous patients feel right at home in our dental surgery, and can provide a variety of solutions to help soothe your worries.

Our dentist in Edinburgh are renowned throughout the city for helping the most anxious patients relax in our surgery; how do we do it? Read on to find out!

Open communication

We know that everyone has their own reasons to be scared of dental procedures; many of those suffering from a dental phobia can trace it back to an uncomfortable trip to their dental practitioner when they were young or a particularly painful experience.

At Meadowbank Dental, our dentist in Edinburgh will take all treatments at a pace you are comfortable with and we will discuss what we are doing throughout any procedure you undertake with us. We can even work with you to develop a silent signalling system, so you can let our staff know when you need a break, so that you are able to remain calm throughout your treatment.

Oral sedation

Do you think you will need a bit more than this? Not to worry.

At Meadowbank Dental, we can also offer you a minor form of sedation in the form of tablets. However, prior to undertaking this option, we will need to know if you are taking any other medications and may require a basic health check; we want to keep you safe after all!

Our oral sedation will calm your nerves and allow you to undertake any dental procedure with minimal recollection of it afterwards. This will eliminate any negative association and will allow our dental team to assess the condition of your teeth and devise a dental plan.

Intravenous sedation

If your phobia is more intense and is based on multiple factors, such as the noise and smell of a dental practice, you may be suitable for intravenous (IV) sedation.

Before undertaking IV sedation, we request that you inform us of any medications and health conditions, and we also advise that you bring a responsible family member or friend along to drop you home after your procedure is over.

During IV sedation, you will be unaware of what is happening and won’t experience any discomfort or be aware of your surroundings. Once again, this will prevent any negative association with your treatment,  while allowing our team to perform any procedures that they need to.

At Meadowbank Dental, we want to help you overcome your dental worries and help you achieve great oral health. Call our team today to arrange your initial, stress free, dental consultation.

There are surgical procedures that a dentist can perform

You don’t have to go to the hospital for every surgical procedure that needs to be done on your mouth and gums. Your dentist in Edinburgh has gone through several years of intensive training and has a deep understanding of facial structure and anatomy.

Dentist in EdinburghMinor surgical procedures can be performed in our dental practice, allowing less disruption throughout the treatment plan for you, which can leave you feeling relaxed in the familiarity of the surroundings.

We understand that every surgical procedure has risks and that it can be a cause of anxiety or stress for you. By being able to diminish the emotional impact that such a treatment has on our patients, however slight, we trust we create a positive influence that can contribute towards a speedy recovery.

Rest assured that your dentist in Edinburgh treats any procedure extremely professionally. We are always in sterile conditions, using appropriate equipment and only the best possible materials to ensure maximum comfort, maximum longevity and minimal healing time.

Technological advances also mean that we can drastically reduce surgery time and pinpoint the exact location of any implants using digital scans. We take full advantage of all of the equipment that we have available to us, to ensure a smooth and fast procedure that delivers results.

What are some of these procedures?

A very common surgical procedure that we perform is the extraction of a tooth, such as an impacted wisdom tooth that needs to be surgically removed, due to the fact it is causing pain or affecting other teeth. Teeth extractions are routinely done with the use of a local anaesthetic to numb the area, so a patient will feel only pressure whilst we work.

Dental implants are another minor surgical procedure that we are able to perform on our patients. If you have lost one or several of your teeth then we can place a titanium rod into the socket as a replacement tooth root. From there we can permanently place a crown on this replacement root, providing full functionality of the mouth again.

We can also place a bridge should you be missing several adjoining teeth, and for patients who have dentures, we can stabilise them to prevent embarrassing situations where your dentures slip and even fall out.

By surgically placing four implants throughout your mouth, we can attach your entire set of dentures, both top and bottom, onto these. You are able to remove them when you want to, but can be confident in knowing that once you clip them in place, they will stay put.

The all-on-four treatment is a life changing option for those who are eligible. You may find that you need some prior treatment before receiving the implants, which we are able to discuss with you after an initial consultation and scan.

We are highly trained in what we do and are pleased to be able to offer you an all round service, so that we can comfortably treat any condition that you may have within the welcoming and friendly walls of our practice.

Visiting a new dentist for the first time

We, as a dentist in Edinburgh place our patients at the heart of everything that we do.

We simply want to provide you with the best possible care by listening to your needs and creating a bespoke plan that can address your concerns and provide you with a healthy smile that you can be proud to share with the world.

Dentist in EdinburghThat is why we work hard to create an inviting and welcoming experience, making a visit to our practice as easy as possible. As a dentist in Edinburgh we are constantly looking into new developments to make sure that you have access to the most effective technology and services that are available.

Small but important touches, such as being wheelchair friendly and multilingual, speak volumes about the dedication that we have to providing a wholesome service to everyone in the community.

It can be intimidating visiting a new dental practice for the first time, especially if you have put off coming to see us for several years. Trust that we are understanding and non judgemental, looking to care for your mouth and teeth in a patient and professional manner.

If you have any degree of fear or anxiety regarding your visit, let us know and we will do what we can to ensure that your consultation is down to earth and relaxed. During an initial consultation, we simply want to ask you questions regarding your medical and dental history and provide you with an intraoral and extraoral examination so that we can determine your current oral health.

From there, we can discuss a treatment plan should you need one, as well as the options that we have available for nervous patients. We will also talk you through your oral hygiene routine at home so that you can make changes if necessary, in order to maintain a good level of oral health.

Who do we welcome?

Everybody is welcome through our doors, babies, children, adults and the elderly will find a caring and compassionate professional ready and waiting to provide a bespoke service that meets their unique needs.

We invite new NHS and private patients to our practice and treat no patient differently. Every individual deserves quality dental care to ensure that they have a healthy and fully functional smile. Referrals for a range of different treatments are also warmly accepted here. We have the experienced staff and a vast range of equipment and technology to be able to work with any dental condition that you may have.

As soon as you enter our practice, you will be warmly greeted by one of our approachable and friendly reception staff members who will get you to fill out a questionnaire, so that we can quickly establish what your wishes and goals are from your time here with us.

After your initial consultation with one of our dental team, you are free to contact us again regarding any questions or concerns that you may have that were not initially brought up through your discussions. We are always here to help, to alleviate anxiety and to guide you through your dental journey in a seamless and relaxed way.

A dentist who delivers results

Whether you are looking for advice regarding your oral hygiene habits or a full blown smile makeover, we give you all the time that you need, to ensure that we meet your demands and make you feel relaxed and comfortable with our experienced dentists in Edinburgh.

Dentist in EdinburghIt is our attention to detail that makes all of the difference as we endeavour to create a bespoke treatment plan that is tailor made just for you. We take the time to listen to your personal story, understanding what it is you want to achieve during your time with us and factor this in to our final treatment plan.

From restorative care, to children’s dentistry to cosmetic procedures, we have the training, experience and the desire to bring you a personal touch to the final result, offering advice that is meaningful and suggestions that go beyond the norm.

We love to care for all of our patients wholeheartedly, understanding that dental care goes beyond the mouth with the whole body being a holistic organism. When your smile is healthy, your overall health and well-being is the better for it, both physically and emotionally.

What makes us stand out from the rest?

Dentistry has certainly branched out over the years, allowing your dentist in Edinburgh to use their hard earned skills and qualifications for more than working on teeth and gums. Now we are able to include facial aesthetic treatments in our repertoire, completing your smile makeover experience.

We know that your smile does not end at your teeth and if you are looking to add those finishing touches to your new and improved smile, you don’t have to look beyond the dentists who have perfected your teeth in the first place.

We have such a vast knowledge of the facial anatomy and muscle structure that it seems like a natural progression to move into facial aesthetics. We invite you to speak with us about how we can smooth out wrinkles or augment lips in a natural way for you.

For other concerns such as snoring or smoking cessation you may have thought it necessary to visit a doctor, but we have the means to be able to provide you with important advice and devices that can help you overcome some of these problems.

Sleep apnea can be extremely detrimental to your health as well as the health of any loved ones around you. By wearing a tailor made device, you may find that the muscles that are over relaxed and rub against one another can be slightly shifted, resulting in a reduction in snoring or sleep apnea.

How can we get to meet you?

We look forward to having an initial consultation with you in our practice where we can get to know you and understand your dental hopes and goals. It is important that we are able to establish a comfortable relationship with one another so that you can feel relaxed and we are able to ascertain the right information to make accurate judgments on your condition.

Does your mouth bleed when you brush? Preventing gum disease in Edinburgh at Meadowbank Dental

Gum disease is one of the most common dental conditions seen by dentists. As many patients think that they have to have persistent dental pain to seek dental treatment, gum disease is often left untreated, causing it to become more serious.

Dentist in EdinburghIn fact, many people will develop a mild form of gum disease at one point or another in their life, as its occurrence can be caused by things like pregnancy, smoking or uncontrolled diabetes. Like most medical problems, gum disease is easier to treat and reverse the earlier it is detected and prevents issues like bleeding gums or tooth loss.

At Meadowbank Dental Practice, our dentists in Edinburgh have helped many patients reverse the symptoms of gum disease and can offer you specialist advice to prevent it occurring again.

Signs of gum disease

Regular check-ups with our dentists in Edinburgh can help them to identify early signs of gum disease but what are the symptoms to look out for in between visits?

Swollen or ‘puffy’ gums

This may be a hard one to identify on your own, so if you are concerned about the appearance of your gums, book an appointment with one of our dentists in Edinburgh as soon as you can.

In a healthy mouth, your gums should fit snugly around your teeth but with swollen gums, they start to protrude over, causing the teeth to appear further back.

Dark red gums

Healthy gums are usually light to medium pink in colour and are firm when you run your tongue across them.

If your gums appear to be turning a dark or dusky red colour and feel softer than usual, you may be developing gum disease and need to see a dentist as soon as you can.

Tender gums

Unless they have had an external injury, your gums should not hurt.

If you find brushing your teeth painful or find areas of your gum line hurts when you are eating, this can indicate an early symptom of gingivitis.

What we can do to help

As there are two main categories of gum disease, the advice and treatment that our dentists offer you may differ depending on the cause of the disease.

If you have plaque induced gingival disease, our dentists will often refer you to a hygienist to remove the plaque that has caused the gingivitis and will prescribe you a specialised mouthwash to combat the swelling and reduce the bleeding.

If you are suffering with non dental plaque induced dental lesions, our dentists will seek to identify the cause as this can vary from fungal infections to allergic reactions. This type of gingival disease can also be caused by hormonal fluctuations and is commonly seen during pregnancy, so depending on the cause of this form of gingival disease, our dentist will work to eliminate the cause and refer you to other medical professionals if required.

Contact us today for more information on these treatment options.

Is your tooth whitening toothpaste not working? Teeth whitening solutions at Meadowbank Dental Practice

In society, that straight, pearly white, celebrity smile is everywhere. This has caused many toothpaste brands to develop tooth whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes that guarantee to make your teeth whiter within a set time period.

Dentist in EdinburghUnless you are blessed with naturally white teeth, these pastes and washes rarely work. Even the most diligent tooth brusher may find it difficult to remove all the stains that have built up on their teeth, so seeking a professional teeth whitening option is the only remaining avenue. This is where our dentists in Edinburgh can help!

If you are looking for a way to instantly boost your smile, tooth whitening is a straightforward and easy way to achieve this. Our dentists in Edinburgh can whiten your teeth up to sixteen shades, leaving you with a gleaming smile.

Why can’t I use a home whitening kit?

Aware of the pursuit of the ice white smile, many companies have created whitening kits that you can use at home. While this may seem initially harmless, unless you are trained in dentistry, you may cause more harm due to incorrect measurements of the ingredients, which can cause burns and blisters.

At Meadowbank Dental Practice, our dentists in Edinburgh are experts at performing professional dental whitening and can ensure that your teeth, your gums and your mouth are observed throughout the process and can correct issues as they occur. We can offer our patients two forms of whitening treatments; home based treatments and surgery treatments.

In surgery treatments

This type of bleach whitening involves your dentist using a mixture of whitening gels and targeted light to whiten your teeth.

Depending on how many teeth you wish to have whitened along with how many shades you want your teeth lightened by, this procedure can take place in one sitting or may be spread out over several. The benefit is that you can have your teeth whitened up to sixteen shades in one appointment, which will leave you feeling confident as soon as you leave the surgery.

Home based treatments

In addition to in surgery treatments or conducted separately, your dentist may offer you a safe, premixed at home whitening system. This typically involves a customised plastic tray that is fitted over your teeth and filled with premixed whitening gel.

This tray must be worn every night for two weeks for this treatment to show its effects.

Am I suitable?

Generally, unless you have gum disease or tooth decay, you will be suitable for both types of dental whitening.

If you have sensitive teeth, we will not recommend bleaching as an option for you. If you have veneers or implants, bleaching will not work, so we will probably advise a whiter set of veneers being fitted or having whiter prostheses attached to your implants.

Bleaching is also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. It is also not suitable for children who have not lost their baby teeth yet.

Nervous about visiting the dentist? How our team at Meadowbank Dental can help you

Many people have had a bad experience at the dentist at one time or another in their lives. As a result, dentists and dental technicians are often regarded as the most feared medical professionals, with many people actively avoiding the dentist and preferring to suffer through preventable dental conditions.

Dentist in EdinburghWhile it is natural to avoid things you are scared of, avoiding the dentist can have devastating effects on your oral health and your well-being in the long term. Common dental problems can become painful and unmanageable if left untreated long term, which can cause you to feel even more worried about booking that check-up.

Don’t worry; our dentists in Edinburgh at Meadowbank Dental are experienced in helping those who are phobic of the dentist and can offer you the following options to take the fear out of that next visit.

How we can help you feel more relaxed

At Meadowbank Dental, our dentists in Edinburgh are aware that if you are a phobic patient, visiting the dentist can feel like an overwhelming experience.

Non judgemental

As many phobic patients are worried about the judgement that they will receive from their dentist due to the condition of their teeth, our dentists in Edinburgh are specially trained to be friendly, compassionate and to be non judgemental. Often your teeth and gums are in a better condition than you think. If you require further work like extractions, root canals or fillings, our dentists will ensure that these procedures are as comfortable as possible for you.


There is an inherent worry among fearful patients that the dentist may simply go ahead with treatment options and leave no room for input from the patient about their care.

While there may be limited treatment options available depending on your individual case, our dentists will always take the time to explain the treatments to you and explain why they think it is necessary and beneficial for you to undertake them. This allows you to build trust with your dentist and respect their judgement as a professional.


If the idea of visiting the dentist for a check-up or treatment still fills you with fear, our dental professionals can offer you sedation.

We offer two forms of sedation to our patients; tablet and intravenous.

Sedation tablets will help you to relax and will ensure that you are largely unaware of what is happening around you, so your dentist can proceed with treatment without making you fearful.

Intravenous or IV sedation will involve an injection into your arm, that will make you unaware of the procedures and the environment around you, perfect if you are fearful of the sounds or smells of the dental surgery.

Before you can have either of these sedation options, you must make our dental team aware of any medications you are currently taking and you will need to bring either a family member or friend along to escort you home.

The best ways of keeping your teeth clean and healthy with a dentist in Edinburgh

It is no secret that obtaining healthy, polished and white teeth requires work. This includes everyday cleaning, visiting the dentist in Edinburgh frequently and acting quickly when adverse symptoms, like toothache, appear.

Dentist in EdinburghBut what are the lesser known practices for a healthy mouth? In this article, our team of experts at Meadowbank Dental Practice provide their professional tips not known to many.

Flossing is as important as brushing

Flossing is not an art, but many people consider it a challenge to get it right or do not know how to employ the correct technique necessary to remove bacteria. At the same time, flossing is not just to eliminate stubborn food particles, like broccoli or spinach, but is a means to reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth.

By not flossing, you leave behind germs that an ordinary toothbrush cannot reach. Over time, plaque builds up and hardens into tartar, a mineral that gathers around your tooth and gum line and causes gum and teeth problems if left untreated. Therefore, flossing should not be seen as optional, but a necessary part of your teeth cleaning routine.

Achieve a bacteria-free mouth with flossing in three simple steps: winding, guiding and gliding and sliding. Our dentist in Edinburgh will be happy to do a demonstration for you!

  • Wind

Wrap 18 inches of floss around the middle or index finger of one hand, and hold what remains of it around the middle or index finger of the other hand.

  • Guide and glide

Keep the floss tight as you move it from one tooth to the next in zig-zag movements, making a ‘c’ shape as you do so. Remember not to force the floss; it should glide easily between each tooth. Otherwise, you might end up breaking it or cause your gums to bleed.

  • Slide

Next, slide the floss up and down on the tooth’s surface, not forgetting also to clean the back side of it. For every tooth you clean, use an unused section of floss, failure to do allows the bacteria you have just removed to re-colonise your teeth and gums.

It doesn’t really matter whether your brush your upper or lower teeth first, or brush from front to back; the only important thing is that you remove most of the germs from your mouth correctly, implementing the technique as mentioned earlier.

Do not skip rinsing with mouthwash either

Mouthwash has a couple of roles to play in keeping your mouth healthy and should accompany brushing and flossing; not replace them.

  • Mouthwash decreases the amount of acid in your mouth, created by bacteria in your mouth using the sucrose found in the food you eat.
  • Remineralises the teeth by restoring the minerals necessary for healthy and functioning teeth. Plaque causes demineralisation of the enamel of your tooth – the tough exterior of the tooth -, and when that happens, your tooth weakens and becomes more susceptible to decay. Brushing your teeth, flossing and using a good mouthwash can prevent this from happening.

Several methods and techniques help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Ask your dentist in Edinburgh about them today.

A dentist in Edinburgh for the whole family

Are you looking for a dentist in Edinburgh who has the bedside manner and a friendly demeanour to calm the nerves of your scared children, while taking care of your oral health as well?

Finding a ‘one-stop’ dental clinic that tends to everyone’s needs, from your offspring’s milk teeth to your grandmother’s dentures, is a challenge.

Dentist in EdinburghLet us assist you. Our team of dental practitioners at Meadowbank Dental Practice come with years of experience and a vast array of skills, and if we cannot provide you with the assistance you need, then we will instead refer you to a highly regarded specialist.

When would you go to a paediatric dentist?

Paediatric dentists are tooth experts for children. Like general dentists, they undergo training at dental school, followed up by postgraduate training in child psychology and behaviour, among other things.

The role of a paediatric dentist in Edinburgh is crucial in your child’s life – a bad first impression or traumatic experience could spell a childhood of tantrums and meltdowns as you coax your child to visit the dentist.

A competent and experienced paediatric dental practitioner will create a warm and inviting environment that makes a child, especially an anxious one, feel at ease. At the same time, he or she will provide information to the child and the parent about the best dental health and hygiene practices for youngsters when it comes to how to teach your little ones to brush and floss their teeth, and keeping them away from sugar. This way, your offspring is spared the pain caused by tooth decay.

The road to straighter teeth

Your teen might be at a suitable age to get braces, or maybe you have decided to take the plunge and straighten your teeth.

It might be the case, as with our practice, that there is an orthodontist at your local dental clinic. Our orthodontics teams would be happy to look into your needs using Invisalign straightening aligners.

Invisible aligners, also called invisible braces, are a preferred orthodontic device for adolescents and adults because of its discreet appearance. You can wear the clear, colourless aligner trays and get on with your day without anyone noticing.

If you would prefer to wear metal braces or you have a more complex misalignment or overbite, there are plenty of other specialists in the area.

Prevent or reverse the effects of gum disease

Gum disease can hit at any age, but is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that is caused by a build-up of plaque left behind after brushing, or lack thereof. If it is not removed, the plaque irritates and inflames your gums, making them red and if advanced, results in receding gums.

Gingivitis is common with most people experiencing mild to moderate forms of the disease over the course of their lives.

Visit our dentist in Edinburgh if you think your gums need some TLC. We can diagnose gingivitis and quickly reverse its effects.

Aiding with tooth loss

Losing teeth is common as you age, but that does not make it any easier. Our oral surgery specialist will make the ordeal less harrowing by offering you the most suitable replacement tooth device for you and your unique needs.

Dental implants are by far the most popular because the missing tooth is replaced at the root, leaving you with an artificial one that looks and works like a real one.

Our dentist has got your entire family’s needs covered.

Advice from a dentist in Edinburgh can prevent gingivitis and periodontitis

How can you tell if you have an unhealthy mouth? Red and inflamed gums are telltale signs that you have gingivitis, an infection caused by bacteria building up on your gum line.

Dentist in EdinburghHaving unsightly gums might make you self-conscious, but pales in comparison to what could happen if you do not urgently see the dentist in Edinburgh for treatment. Book an appointment with our oral hygienist at Meadowbank Dental Clinic if you think that your gums are in trouble.

What causes gingivitis?

In a nutshell, poor dental hygiene. You are at a higher risk of contracting gingivitis if you do not brush your teeth well or infrequently, forget to floss, or fail to see your dentist in Edinburgh twice a year. A bacteria-free mouth is within everyone’s grasp, but the problem is that people remain in the dark about how they should be taking care of their teeth, or do not see their oral hygiene as a priority.

Failing to brush your teeth properly results in plaque accumulation on the surface of your teeth and gum line. Plaque is the filmy material that clings to your teeth and turns them an unsightly yellow. Contained within plaque are harmful bacteria that emit toxins that attack and inflame your gums, resulting in their less-than-attractive appearance.

Can gingivitis heal naturally without professional intervention?

Over time, the bacteria hardens into tartar, which then becomes impossible to remove from your teeth with a regular home clean.

To remove it, you will have to make an appointment with a hygienist who will administer a deep clean, also called scaling and root planing. Ignoring the problem and hope that it will heal on its own will be to your detriment as the infection spreads to the surrounding tissues and your bones, resulting in an advanced periodontal disease, which requires more complicated and expensive treatment to correct.

How do I know if I have periodontitis?

The primary symptom of gingivitis is gum inflammation.

On the other hand, periodontitis or periodontal disease is a full-blown infection that results in one’s gums pulling away from one’s teeth, leaving them exposed to bacteria, and often resulting in progressive tooth loss. Take a look in the mirror and look at your teeth and gums. Deep pockets formed between them might point to your gums receding. If you see this, it is high time that you see your dentist.

What can I do today to prevent gingivitis?

The answer is straightforward: taking better care of your teeth will save you time, money and discomfort in the future.

Read the top tips below.

Brush twice a day, floss daily and use mouthwash.

  • Use fluoridated toothpaste. The fluoride is the key ingredient of toothpaste, which has been scientifically proven to kill bacteria. If in doubt, ask your dentist what his or her recommendation is.
  • Buy a new toothbrush every couple of months, when the bristles look worn and frayed or after being sick. Consider an electric toothbrush if you find that a manual toothbrush is ineffective in removing plaque.

Prevent the onslaught of gum disease by following best cleaning practices and with regular trips to your dentist in Edinburgh.