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Why There is Nothing to Fear with Dental Treatment

Monday, October 30th, 2017

It’s nearly Halloween and we know that many of our patients fear the dentist far more than ghostly ghouls or wicked witches. Dental anxiety is extremely common and at Liverpool Dental Spa, we understand that fear can make it incredibly difficult to keep up with regular appointments. Our aim is to show you that there’s nothing to fear. We want you to be able to come and see us without a care in the world and we’ll do everything we can to achieve this goal. We strive to make every patient feel relaxed and comfortable. If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist or you need treatment and you’re dreading it, we’re here to show you that there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.

How we can put your mind at ease

If you suffer from anxiety when faced with a trip to the dental clinic, or you’re nervous about having a particular procedure, we can put your mind at ease. Our team is always here to answer questions and make you feel more confident about having treatment and we can also discuss options with you such as using The Wand or having treatment under sedation. The Wand is a magical device, which enables us to offer painless injections. Many people are anxious about having treatment because they don’t want to have an injection due to painful experiences in the past. This is usually the result of fluid flowing through the needle too fast or in sporadic bursts. The Wand controls the flow of fluid, so there’s no risk of any pain at all.

Sedation could be an option worth considering if you suffer from severe dental fear or you need a complex procedure. When you’re sedated, you won’t feel any pain and you’ll feel completely relaxed.

If you’re anxious about going to the dentist, we promise you that there’s nothing to fear. Call us today to arrange a consultation.

Scared of the Dentist? How Our Dental Phobia Certified Doctor Can Help

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Are you worried about going to the dentist? Has fear put you off going to the dentist for as long as you can remember? At Liverpool Dental Spa, we understand how our patients feel and we offer expert care for anxious patients and those who suffer from dental phobia. Our dental phobia certified dentist, Dr Marius McGovern, can help you to feel more confident and comfortable and guide you through the process of having treatment in a calm, compassionate way.

There are many reasons why people have a fear of going to the dentist. Sometimes, they have a specific phobia, which is related to going to the dentist, such as a fear of needles or the drill, and sometimes, they have been affected by negative, painful experiences in the past. Whatever the reason you feel apprehensive, Dr McGovern and the rest of the team will do everything possible to help you to feel calmer.

Treatment for nervous patients at Liverpool Dental Spa

We know that going to the dentist can be a nerve-jangling experience for many people. We are geared up to provide first-class care for anxious patients and we offer techniques like sedation and innovations like The Wand to make our patients more relaxed and to ensure they enjoy a positive experience.

We recommend sedation for patients who are very anxious about having treatment in cases where they need a course of treatment or they’re undergoing a more complex procedure. Sedation isn’t the same as general anaesthetic, but it does prevent you from feeling pain, and it will help to make you feel completely relaxed throughout the procedure.

If you have a phobia of needles or injections, we may recommend The Wand. The Wand is a wonderful device, which eliminates the risk of painful injections. We often find that patients are scared of needles because they’ve experienced pain in the past, usually as a result of the fluid being pushed through the syringe at speed. The Wand is a pen-like device, which is controlled by a small computer. It regulates the speed of flow of the fluid to prevent pain. It also looks less menacing than a normal injection.

If you’re a nervous patient, call our caring team today. We can help you overcome your fears.

As if By Magic: Dental Phobia is Prevented by the Wand

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Do you suffer from dental phobia? Do you have a fear of needles? If you dread going to the dentist because you’re scared of injections, we have good news! With The Wand, we can magic away anxiety and fear, enabling you to enjoy a much more positive experience at the dentist.

What is The Wand?

The Wand is an innovative device, which is used to deliver painless injections. Many people have a phobia of needles because they’ve had painful injections in the past. This is usually caused by a sudden spurt of fluid through the needle or an unsteady flow. The Wand was designed to eliminate the risk of any pain caused by having an injection. It controls the flow of the anaesthetic, ensuring that the injection is painless. There’s no risk of the fluid travelling too quickly or there being a sudden rush through the needle. The Wand also looks a lot less threatening than a traditional injection. It looks similar to our average pen, and this is a much more reassuring sight, especially for children.

How does The Wand work?

The Wand is controlled by a tiny computer, which is attached to the needle that is encased so you cannot see it. The computer regulates the flow of the fluid, preventing pain.

Who can benefit from The Wand?

The Wand can be beneficial for both adults and children who suffer from anxiety when faced with a trip to the dentist. It is particularly effective for people who have a phobia of needles and those who are fearful of having injections as a result of negative experiences in the past.

If you would like to find out more about The Wand, call us today and our dental team will be happy to answer your questions.

How we can help you have a relaxing dental appointment

Monday, June 19th, 2017

At Liverpool Dental Spa, we know that going to the dentist is not everyone’s idea of a relaxing day out, and this is why we offer a range of services to make your time with us as pleasant as possible. Dental anxiety is very common, and our experienced dental team has training in caring for nervous patients. We also invest in the latest technology and treatments to eliminate pain and enable our patients to feel as calm as possible during their appointment. If you’re anxious about going to the dentist, you’ve come to the right place.

How we can help you to relax

We like to think of our clinic as a soothing oasis in the heart of the city. We have designed our treatment rooms and communal spaces to create a soothing, relaxing vibe, and we encourage you to make yourself at home as soon as you arrive. We will be more than happy to get you a drink, you can watch films, listen to music or read magazines or even treat yourself to a spa treatment. We have a range of spa therapies on offer and we can tailor a package to suit every individual.

Our team is experienced in treating nervous patients, but they don’t just have the skills to provide the best treatment. Our dentists and nurses are also incredibly compassionate, friendly and understanding. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

We offer the latest treatments and we also have sophisticated technology, which enables us to minimise pain and speed up the treatment process. If you have a phobia of needles, for example, we can offer painless injections using an innovative device known as ‘The Wand.’

Sedation dentistry

Many patients feel apprehensive when it comes to the time when they have to have a dental procedure. If you have severe anxiety, we may recommend considering treatment under sedation. Sedation is a technique used widely in medical procedures, and it can also be hugely beneficial in dentistry. Unlike with general anaesthetic, you won’t lose consciousness when you’re sedated. However, you will feel drowsy and you won’t remember much after treatment. When the effects of the sedative become apparent, you won’t feel any pain and your body will feel completely relaxed.

If you’re a nervous patient, we are here to help. Call us today or pop in and have a chat if you’re in Liverpool city centre.

Scared of the Dentist? How Liverpool Dental Spa Helps With Dental Phobia

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Dental anxiety is very common. Many people feel apprehensive about having dental treatment, but for some, their phobia prevents them from getting the treatment they need. At Liverpool Dental Spa, we understand the damaging impact of dental phobia, and we pride ourselves on offering first-class standards of care for nervous patients. If you’re scared of the dentist, we are here to help.

Treatment for nervous patients at Liverpool Dental Spa

We recognise that many patients feel anxious at the thought of having a dental procedure, and we realise that the approach we take and the techniques we use make a massive difference. We have a very compassionate, experienced and approachable team, and we will always go the extra mile to make anxious patients feel more relaxed.


We offer treatment under sedation for patients who feel very nervous about having dental treatment. Sedation is not the same as general anaesthetic, but it does prevent you from feeling pain, and you will be completely relaxed during the procedure. When you’re sedated, you’ll feel drowsy, and you won’t have much recollection of what happened during the session when the effects of the medication wear off, but you will remain conscious throughout. Sedation may be an option worth considering if you have dental phobia or you’re nervous about major dental treatment. It takes a while for the effects of the sedative to wear off completely, so we recommend bringing a friend with you who can accompany you home. It’s best to rest for the next 24 hours and avoid exercise, drinking alcohol and making any important decisions.

The Wand

Some patients have a phobia of going to the dentist because they are worried about having injections. A fear of needles is common, and it often stems from negative experiences in the past. If you’ve had an injection, which was very painful, it makes sense that you’d be afraid to have another one. The Wand is a device we used to eliminate the possibility of painful injections. This innovative concept controls the speed of the flow of fluid through the needle, which prevents you from experiencing pain when the fluid flows too quickly or there is a sudden surge through the needle. The Wand looks like a basic pen, which is much less threatening than a traditional injection, and it is attached to a small computer.

If you’re nervous about seeing a dentist, please don’t hesitate to call us. We are here to help you, and we’ll do everything possible to make sure you have a positive experience.

How Are Mini Implants Fitted in the Heart of Liverpool?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Mini dental implants are essentially smaller versions of conventional dental implants, which may be used to support dentures or other types of restoration when the jaw bone lacks density. As mini implants are smaller than normal implants, they are easier to tolerate and may be a viable option for patients who have been advised against traditional implants.

How are mini implants fitted?

Mini implants are fitted in a similar way to traditional dental implants, but the procedure is less invasive, as the head of the implant remains above the gum line. The mini implant fitting procedure is usually carried out whilst the patient is under local anaesthetic or sedation, meaning that they do not experience any pain. Mini implants are finer than larger implants and this means that they can be placed through the gum tissue without the need for an incision.

Mini implants differ to traditional implants because they do not require months of healing and in most cases, the new restoration can be attached on the same day as the implants. This means that the healing period is much shorter and you can enjoy the benefits of your treatment straightaway.

What are the advantages of mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants provide a solution for those patients who do have dense enough tissue in the jaw to support traditional implants. Treatment times are much shorter than traditional implants and the procedure is less invasive, so healing times are much faster and the procedure is not as daunting for nervous patients. Dental implants offer security and stability, they last a lot longer than other types of tooth replacement and they help to reduce bone loss. When attached to dentures, mini implants offer unrivalled levels of support, which enable you to eat and speak freely, safe in the knowledge that there is no risk of the denture slipping.

We are able to use mini implants to support dentures, dental bridges and single crowns.


What Is The Difference Between Dental Anxiety And Dental Phobia In Liverpool?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

At the Liverpool Dental Spa, we cater for patients with dental anxiety and dental phobia, and do everything we can to try and make every patient feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. We have experience in caring for nervous patients and patients with phobias. Our team is friendly, understanding, compassionate and approachable.

Our aim is to try and enable you to attend regular dental appointments without feeling anxious or scared, and without experiencing dread in the run up to your appointment. We adopt a gentle approach, we listen to you and we use the latest treatments and methods to help you to relax.

What is the difference between dental anxiety and dental phobia?

Dental anxiety affects most people to a certain degree, according to polls and surveys. Many people experience signs of mild anxiety when they are sitting in the waiting room or climbing into the dental chair, but for some people, the anxiety is much more profound and this is known as a phobia. A phobia is defined as an irrational fear and it causes symptoms such as sweating, feelings of extreme anxiety and fear, rapid heartbeat, palpitations and nausea. Phobias make people feel very scared even when there is no threat of danger. Many patients who have dental phobia are so scared of visiting the dentist or having an injection or even sitting in a waiting room, that they avoid seeing a dentist for many years.

We are able to cater for patients with both dental anxiety and dental phobia. Often, we recommend sedation for patients who are very nervous about treatment.


Sedation is a technique used commonly in dentistry and medicine to prevent patients from experiencing pain, and encourage them to feel more relaxed. Often, sedation is compared to anaesthetic, but the two are actually different. General anaesthetic sends you into an unconscious state. However when you are sedated, you are conscious and can communicate with your dentist if you wish to. You recover from sedation much quicker than you would from general anaesthetic and the procedure does not carry the same risks.

When you are sedated, sedative medication induces a state of very deep calm and you won’t feel any pain. It is also common to have little recollection of what happened during the procedure when the medication effects have worn off.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, or you have a phobia of going to the dentist, we’re here to help. Call us today to find out more.

Sedation And Dental Phobia For Patients In Liverpool

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Many people suffering from dental conditions also suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, due to which they become unable to receive the required treatment for their dental condition.

People who suffer from dental phobia often deny care and treatment for their dental conditions, sometimes even for years. In some cases the individual who is too fearful of dental treatments might be suffering from conditions like bleeding from gums, tooth ache and tooth loss

At Liverpool Dental Spa, patients who are anxious of dental treatments are offered sedation. This allows them to be at ease during the treatment. Since the patient is sedated before the treatment begins, they do not feel pain or anxiety during the procedures.

How sedation works

The sedation will be administered through the vein at the back of the hand or arm. After this the patient will feel fully content. The patient will able to breathe and communicate with the dentist under the effect of sedation, but will not feel the pain. It is highly advisable to have a relative or friend accompany the patient to help them get back home while the effect of the sedation wears off.

All over the UK, sedation is being used as an alternative to anaesthesia. Under anaesthesia the patient becomes unconscious, while under sedation even though the patient does not feel any pain or anxiety, they still remain conscious. Patients suffering from dental conditions no longer need to keep suffering due to the fear of pain or discomfort.

Patients suffering from conditions that make it difficult for them to control the movement of their body, for example Parkinson’s disease will also benefit from sedation dentistry.  It also allows the dentist to fully control the treatment, as the patients are not anxious and are more likely to cooperate with dentist. This certainly speeds up the treatment procedure and could even result in reduced number of appointments with dentist for a specific treatment.



The Wand Explained For Patients In The Heart Of Liverpool

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Expelliarmus! …no, it’s not that kind of wand. But, for people suffering from dental phobia, this wand is also pretty magical. Dental phobia can be crippling and can even cause such distress in its sufferers that they let their teeth fall into disrepair. Sadly, for some, ‘dental phobia’ can just be an umbrella term for numerous fears that revolve around dentistry, making it hard to tackle. One such sub-fear is the fear of injections, often stemming from that short sharp pain provided by a syringe. What most people don’t know is that the syringe itself isn’t what causes this pain; it is that the syringe’s contents are being delivered too quickly or with a bit too much force. Thankfully, with the wand, this side-effect can be a thing of the past!

What is the wand exactly?

Essentially, the wand is a computer controlled injection system. The flow of the anaesthetic it injects is controlled by a computer and kept at a steady pace, thus removing the human error that can cause pain during injections.

What is so great about it?

Technically the wand’s manufacturers now call it the CompuDent and STA (Single Tooth Anesthesia) System, but it is often referred to colloquially as the wand by patients on account of how effect it is – it’s like magic! Visually, it also looks more like a pen attached to a space-age toaster. It looks non-threatening and studies have found it to be less anxiety inducing than other methods of injection (Kudo et al, 2001). Administration of an anaesthetic via the wand can also reduce the amount of unnecessary numbness in the lips, face, cheek and tongue which can cause discomfort for a few hours after treatment.

Injection method!? So, is there still a needle?

Yes, but it is a small one and it guarantees no pain. If you experience fright at the sight of a needle you need not worry, you’ll hardly be able to see it.

Do all dentists have this?

No, but at Liverpool Dental Spa we do! If you suffer from dental anxiety, please talk to us. We will do everything we can to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.



Patients in Liverpool Who are Nervous are Calmed During Their Treatment with Dental Sedation

Monday, June 18th, 2012

A large portion of the UK population feel nervous when going to the dentist, with some people suffering so severely from a fear of the dentist that they avoid any contact, even when tooth loss, bleeding gums and severe pain occur and they desperately need treatment.

What are the causes of dental phobia?

Dental phobia can occur for a number for reasons, each one varying from person to person. Negative past experiences at the dentist, whether due to pain or the uncaring attitude of the practitioner can all cause psychologically harm, which can lead to dental phobia.

What can be done to help dental phobic patients?

Today, the attitude and treatments provided by your dentist have changed and many dentists undergo specific training to help them find the best ways to treat their nervous patients. Taking appointments slowly and listening to the requests of the patient is one of the simplest ways of alleviating any feelings of distress, and using pain free injections such as the WAND device is another helpful method of enabling nervous patients to have a pain free experience when at the dentist.

However, one treatment above all else has brought a sense of calm to the dental chair-namely Sedation.

What is Sedation and how does it work?

Sedation is used to ease a patient into a contented, relaxed state, where they feel no pain, no anxiety and no fear. Administered via a vein, the sedation solution eases a patient into a feeling of calm without making then unconscious. You will still be able to breathe by yourself and you will be able to response to simply requests from your dentist, but you will neither feel nor fear the procedure that is going on.

If you are nervous of the dentist and would like to know about dental sedation please get in touch with the practice. We offer sedation to patients throughout Liverpool and the UK and would be happy to help you receive the treatment you need.


6 Dentistry Awards!

Winners for National UK Award

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team

Winners for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team
  • > 2008 Best Dental Practice

Finalists for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Practice
  • > 2008 Best Dental Team

Finalist & Highly Commended for

  • > 2007 Best Young Dentist Dr Marius McGovern