We accept patient referrals from your regular dentist using our referral form, letter or email and it is our aim to provide an efficient service.
On receipt of your referral and provided accepted by Kate / Michelle, we will contact you direct to arrange the necessary appointment. We target 2-3 days for a consultation with treatments being booked between 1 and 2 weeks.
Of course there will be periods where we cannot mutually agree an appointment within this timescale and therefore we will strive to treat you as soon as we can.
We take referrals for many oral surgery procedures including:
- Dental Implants
- Dental Extractions including for orthodontic treatments
- Wisdom Tooth Extraction
- Exposure of Unerupted Teeth
- Minor Soft Tissue Surgery including Frenectomy
A consultation fee is arranged if required, and this can be requested by the surgeon or in deed at your choice. This provides an opportunity for us to meet you and perhaps more importantly, for you to meet us. We will discuss your referral, the history, the problem and the concerns arising from the referral. We will examine the area in question and if appropriate take the necessary x-rays. Your dentist may have forwarded x-rays with your referral but in some cases these will unfortunately, not give us the full details and clarity we need. We will explain the treatment, why it is needed and the procedure including instructions on how to prepare for your treatment and equally, how to look after yourself following treatment.
The fee for the consultation starts at £80 with x-rays if required, up to £45.
If you have been referred for your treatment with sedation, we will see you to assess your suitability, explain the treatment and options for sedation before proceeding with the treatment appointment. This is included in the consultation fee above.
We provide sedation in two ways:
Intravenous: This is an injection in to either the crook of your arm or back of your hand. We use Midazolam as our sedative and with intravenous, you will find you drift away but remain conscious. It is not like a general anaesthetic. Under sedation, you are still responsive and most people can continue to communicate in some fashion during the procedure – when we talk to you, you will respond albeit sometimes a wee slurred. It’s a little bit like having too much alcohol but without the hangover. It effects patients in different ways, some people giggle their way through, some sleep quite soundly, some can become quite emotional and others just quiet. However you react, you will be treated with respect, in a professional manner and whatever happens within our walls remains, of course remains, in the upmost confidence. Intravenous Sedation is not suitable for younger children
Inhalational: Essentially this is like gas and air, similar to what you may have used when giving birth. This requires good patient cooperation as you have to be able to breathe steadily via the mask in order to relax you suitably so you can deal with the treatment procedure. We will talk to you and encourage you throughout. This sedation is predominantly used for children however in cases where intravenous is not suitable, we can offer this as an alternative. The masks come in various colours and smells, strawberry and bubble-gum to name a few.
We provide consultations for dental implants. Your dentist will need to refer you. They are able to provide relevant history and can confirm initially that you may be a candidate for dental implants
The implant consultation consists of a dental examination, including the soft tissues and glands in your neck, x-rays and impressions for study models. The x-ray taken is an panoral x-ray which is where the picture is taken from outside of your mouth and the image shows your full dentition, dental nerves, muscles and joints. The study models are necessary to aid planning of the implant placement and will be kept as a record of pre-treatment.
Following your consultation, your surgeon will assess all information gained and formulate a treatment plan. This will involve the laboratory technician who will provide the tooth part of the implant and liaising with the implant manufactures as is necessary. The treatment plan will be sent to you with the relative fees to enable you to make a fully informed decision on how to proceed.
The fee for the implant consultation is £250
Dental Implants start at £2,200. Because every individual case is different you will be quoted individually.
For further information, please contact a member of the Peppermint Team.