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The Student Experience At The Berkeley Clinic

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Dundee Dental School Students

The Berkeley Clinic is one of the most technologically advanced and award-wining dental centres in Scotland. If you are looking for a dentist in Glasgow we can offer you a wide range of dental and medical services including dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, crowns and facial aesthetics.

Every year we are visited by the thousands of patients as well as dental students from all over the country who want to learn about the advanced dentistry. This week we have accommodated two talented dental students from Dundee. They have observed the work at the clinic, learned about new technologies, shadowed our leading dental team and developed new skills. Carly and Catriona have both written a blog about their experience at the Berkeley Clinic. Please read about their experience below.

Carly and Catriona’s Dental Experience at the Berkeley Clinic

As we walked up the stairs and peered in through the front door, we knew Berkeley Clinic was going to be a dental experience unlike any we had ever seen before. We were met with the calming aroma of a scented candle and an array of friendly faces. Any butterflies we had been feeling at the start of our visit had dissipated within seconds and we were instantly looking forward to the rest of our week.

We are final year dental students from the University of Dundee, and as part of our teaching, Dr Mike Gow from Berkeley Clinic gave us a lecture on the treating of anxious patients with the adjunct of dental hypnosis. When it came to planning our summer electives prior to the start of fifth year, we knew that spending some time with him at the clinic would be hugely beneficial to our learning.

Over the course of the week, we saw a number of procedures and treatments carried out, which to us, were a completely new approach to dentistry. These included hypnosis, sedation, safe amalgam removal, implants and a variety of CEREC work. The area that fascinated us the most was Cerec, which involved taking a 3D scan of patients’ teeth and using that to mill brand new restorations from solid blocks of ceramic. This allows the patients to have their final restorations placed, meaning they can leave with their brand new smile after just one visit. This is in stark contrast to most dental practices, where it would involve a minimum of two appointments and two weeks of waiting on a lab for the final restorations. We really felt this technique was helpful for both busy and anxious patients as it takes their needs and wishes into consideration in the best possible way.

Accommodating patients and their requirements is a key focus here at the Berkeley Clinic, with flexible opening hours and appointments making the city centre practice a good clinic for working professionals. This flexibility and consideration make Berkeley Clinic a safe haven for any patients who feel dentally anxious. Features of the practice which contribute to this vary from the comfortable lounge area and scented candle at reception, to the light and airy clinical areas with all the latest equipment, the ceiling mounted flat screen televisions and choice of radio stations being our favourite. There are even private consultation rooms separate to the clinical areas in which you can discuss your needs and concerns.

Looking back on our week, we have had a fantastic time and definitely feel we have learnt a great deal. We hope that the skills and techniques we have learnt about this week will stay with us and help to make us into the kind of dental professionals we one day hope to be.

Carly Fraser and Catriona Ross

We would like to wish Carly and Catriona the best of luck with their studies and future career! We hope you have enjoyed your time at the Berkeley Clinic.

If you would like to find out more about dental treatments and advanced dentistry at the Berkeley Clinic contact us today on 0141 564 1900.

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Experience at the Berkeley Clinic

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

dental studentsEvery year the Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow welcomes dental students from all over UK and Scotland to get some dental experience at the practice. Students apply for the opportunity to shadow the award winning team and to explore a specific area of interest in more depth.

This year we have been visited by a group of dental students from Dundee Dental School who have spent some time with Dr Mike Gow. Dr Gow has presented a lecture on the dental anxiety management techniques. Dental students have observed sedation, hypnosis, cerec and dental anxiety management cases. They have spent a week at the Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow learning about the most advanced dental technology, patient care and shadowing our clinical care team.

Many of them are now off to far flung places to continue their elective studies armed with 150 toothbrushes to donate to children and patients in deprived areas all over the world.

We would like to wish them the best of luck in their studies and future career. It was nice having you here!

If you would like to find out more, click the following link for Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow .

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Intern’s Experience At The Berkeley Clinic

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Dental StudentKevin Shannon, University Of Dundee

Every year Berkeley Clinic is attended by a number of dental students from all over UK and Scotland. They observe clinic’s work, learn about new technologies, shadow our best dentists and develop new skills. Kevin Shannon from the University of Dundee has spent a week at the Berkeley Clinic and has kindly agreed to write a short blog about his experience.

‘As I write this I am sitting in Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, waiting on my connecting flight to Kathmandu, Nepal to finish off my dental elective. I decided to focus on the management of dental anxiety & phobias. My name is Kevin & I am a final year dental student studying in Dundee.

I attended the Berkeley clinic for the first week of my elective and shadowed Dr. Mike Gow, and I was also lucky to sit in with the rest of the team at various points to see their specific area of expertise. I observed implant placements, amazing one-visit CEREC restorations, met patients who had treatment under hypnosis with no freeze & many more, but I was mostly intrigued by Mike’s communication skills and how easily he made all of the patients feel at ease.

My week was a busy one – on the first day I observed Mike with some patients and then went along with him to BBC Radio Scotland where he was giving an interview on adult orthodontics – we even saw Jackie Bird! I attended a lecture that Mike was giving on dental hypnosis and the practical applications for dental professionals. This was quite the eye opener – it gave me the tools to be able to communicate with patients to make them feel at ease, and allowed me to ask many more questions about what Mike and the team were doing for the rest of the week!

On Friday I attended a CEREC course in the clinic presented by Dr. Jamie Newlands. It was very interesting, and definitely something I would like to get into once I am qualified. At the end of the week, Mike donated a box of toothbrushes for me to take to Nepal to hand out to the children there.

I had a fantastic week – all the staff were inviting, friendly and always willing to help, and it was excellent to see so many patients leaving with big happy smiles!

Thanks again for having me!’

The Berkeley Clinic team would like to wish Kevin Shannon all the best with his future career! It was a pleasure to have you here. See you next time!

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