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Top 3 Dental hacks for the Proactive Patient

Dental hacks

Dental hack 1: Use a Water Flosser

To start our list of dental hacks, we have to first address and explain many of our patient's problems. Many patients always ask why do I need to floss...I already brush my teeth! Many patients complain that their gums bleed, especially when they brush. It is an uncomfortable sight to see blood coming out of your mouth, but it's one that many people see. The reason we bleed from our mouth is because of unhealthy gums (Gingivitis).

But flossing and brushing do two entirely different things and prevent two entirely different diseases. Brushing prevents decay or also known as dental caries. Flossing prevents gum and bone disease also known as Gingivitis (infection of the gums) and Periodontitis (infection of the bone holding teeth).

When you have food, plaque and saliva, it hardens on teeth. We call this hard mass Tartar or Calculus. When the Tartar hardens it infects your gum and your bone.

  • When your gums are infected it leads to gum recession or the dropping of the gums, exposing the root surface. This causes:
    • An unaesthetic look with receded gums.
    • It also causes root sensitivity.

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  • More importantly, when the bone is infected the bone drops, which leads to less foundation for the tooth. Eventually, the reduction in foundation holding the tooth firm leads to the teeth becoming wobbly and eventually falling out.

 

Well, how do I prevent Gum and Bone Disease?!

Well here is where the tried and tested request of flossing comes from. When you floss you slow the hardening of the plaque and food, and in turn prevent the formation of tartar. When tartar does not form, you don't get the infection of the gums and the bone. When the gums and the bone are not infected, the gums stay where they should and the tooth doesn't become wobbly or fall out.

But flossing is difficult and it is very easy to traumatise the gums when not flossing correctly. This can actually cause more damage than good. This is why we need an effective way of remove food, plaque and saliva from Harding. This is where Water Flossers become very useful. When you normally come in for your cleans, your dentist removes any tartar that has built up with an instrument that vibrates quickly and shoots water to flush the gums and remove any plaque or debris. A Water Flosser is a home-use option to flush the gums and prevent any plaque or debris build-up, thus slowing down any tartar formation just like floss does. Unfortunately, both the floss and Waterpik can't remove tartar once it has formed, but both are critical in slowing its formation before it is removed during a professional clean by the dentist.

Dental Hack: But why is using a Water Flosser over floss so much of a dental hack?

Here are the pros and cons of using a Water Flosser

Pros

  • One-off cost. No repeat buys for Floss. Floss can be expensive when you are buying a new floss roll every month. A Water Flosser is a one-off cost, but no continued costs.
  • More effective than floss. The water adapts and bends to the gum contour and flushes any debris out. Floss just disturbs the plaque and removes minimal in comparison.
  • Easier to use in all places, especially hard to reach areas.
  • Less likely to traumatise the gums, with the force of irrigation able to be reduced and increased depending on patient sensitivity.
  • More deep clean. Water from the Water Flosser can engage the gums deeper than floss can.
  • One Water Flosser can be used for the entire family.

Cons

  • Initial cost being higher.

Gum and bone disease is a lifestyle disease. It is comparable to a heart attack. Both don't happen overnight, over a few weeks or a few months. It is the years of neglect that really show the effects. Just like with heart disease, doctors recommend having a good diet and 30 minutes of exercise a day, dentist also recommends using the Waterpik daily and come in for 6 monthly cleans.

Most people experience gum and bone disease as early as the late thirties. Unlike a heart attack, where starting a good diet and exercise routine reverses the risks elements of a heart attack- once the damage is done in the gum and bone disease, you can't reverse those effects. You cannot reverse the lost gum and bone once it has occurred. This is why dentists always stress the 6 monthly cleans to prevent the irreversible state some people find themselves in.

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Dental hack 2: Spit No Rinse

Dental hacks that can save you money are exactly what you are looking for, so let's explain how!

Dental decay, known as dental caries, can be debilitating. It can cause severe pain and sleepless nights. Most people know to brush their teeth to prevent this, but they don't actually know how it happens.

How does dental decay happen?

Inside your mouth, there is food (Carbohydrates) and bacteria. When bacteria eat the food, they produce acids. These acids form a hole in your tooth and that is known as dental decay. It's really simple.

Now, why do Dentists say "No sugar". Well, sugars are just very simple carbohydrates, and bacteria LOVE sugar. They eat through that much faster than more complex carbohydrates and therefore produce more acids when eating sugars.

How do I stop dental decay?

Well if there are only 2 components, food and bacteria, then we just need to get rid of one! Now we can't get rid of all the bacteria, as we need them for other functions and also it would be quite difficult. But we can definitely get rid of the food. This is where effective and careful tooth brushing comes into handy. If you brush really well then you can prevent many of the acids produced by bacteria, damaging the tooth!

One other way is to make your tooth more resistant to decay/acids. The government spends millions of dollars to fluoridate our water for one reason only. It makes kids and adult teeth more acid-resistant. In fact, when fluoride imbues into the tooth, it makes teeth 10 times more acid-resistant/decay-resistant.

Dental Hack: How do I make my teeth more acid-resistant/Decay resistant?!

There are a number of ways to make your teeth more acid-resistant and decay-resistant using fluoride.

  1. Use tap water that is fluoridated already and let that form a more acid-resistant tooth.
  2. When your dentist offers fluoride treatments after a 6 monthly clean, make sure you always get this done. The high dose fluoride will form a protective shield layer that breaks down over time and releases the fluoride into the tooth.
  3. After Brushing...Spit the toothpaste out...and don't rinse! I know it sounds weird and funny, but it is the most effective method. When you go to the dentist during your cleans, you get a high dosage of fluoride (comparatively) for a short period of time, only every 6 months. Some fluoride imbues into the tooth, but most of that is spat out afterwards. What is actually more effective, is low does fluoride repeated over long periods of time. Now surprisingly, fluoride is in most toothpaste for this exact reason. The fluoride in toothpaste, when left on the tooth overnight (or longer than 30mins) really does strengthen teeth and makes them 10 times more acid/decay-resistant. That isn't an exaggeration, it genuinely makes teeth 10 TIMES more resistant to decay, which means you are 10 TIMES less likely to need a filling. So for yourself and your kids, next time please teach them the correct way to brush. After brushing, just spit but do not rinse. Allow that fluoride to really do its thing and make your teeth strong. Save yourselves the headache of tooth decay in the future by taking care today!

 

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Dental hack 3: Best type of toothbrush

Here is a dental hack that will prevent tooth sensitivity every time you have something cold!

There is a common question about dental brushes. Soft bristles or hard bristles, electric toothbrush or mechanical (regular toothbrush) and sonic bristles or rotary bristles, and any recommendation. There are quite a number of choices and each one has its own impacts. Don't worry there is actually a clear winner on which to pick!

Dental Hack: Sweat the main stuff!

Let's talk about each option comparison.

  • Soft vs Hard bristles
    • Never go hard bristles. Simple as that. Never a use case for that.
    • Think of your teeth like a wall and the soft bristles like fine sandpaper and the hard bristles like coarse sandpaper. If you repeatedly scrub the same area in the wall for 50 years twice a day for 2 minutes, the coarse hard sandpaper will form a hole in the wall. The soft sandpaper will just smooth the area. It's the same thing with teeth, where the hard bristles scrub off the enamel and the soft bristles just do enough to remove plaque but never enamel. The same goes with putting too much force when brushing, you will end up removing too much enamel.
    • Soft bristles are the way to go!
  • Electric vs Mechanical (normal toothbrushes)
    • Electric and mechanical toothbrushes can do the exact same thing in theory. They both can scrub away and plaque or food in nooks and crannies in your mouth. So why go electric? While both can do the same thing as a tool, the user needs to find it easy and efficient to use.
      • Electric toothbrushes remove the thought process of scrubbing, which means you can concentrate on actually getting all the spots in your mouth and not missing any. You can drag the brush around your mouth and make sure the rotating bristles do all the work!
      • Electric toothbrush heads are smaller and can fit all the way at the back of your mouth where it's hard to reach due to a lack of space!
      • Electric toothbrushes rotate faster than the human hand can scrub, which means the cleans are more efficient, shorter and usually more thorough|!
      • Electric toothbrushes have a pressure sensor so you don't end up scrubbing off all the enamel on your tooth. This prevents any potential sensitivity that may have occurred! As mentioned above, hard bristles or too much hand pressure can lead to root exposure, dentine exposure and high grades of sensitivity. By using control force, ensured by the electric toothbrush, we can prevent any potential sensitivity!
    • The electric toothbrush is the way to go!
  • Sonic or rotary
    • Some brushes use vibrations to clean teeth, while others use a rotating head on the toothbrush. Now you have to understand what the purpose of brushing is. The main reason is to remove food! If you cause vibrations on the bristles that won't remove food. A rotating head with bristles can sweep the food out for the nooks and crannies and then outside your mouth.
    • Rotary is the way to go!

The best kind of brush is an electric toothbrush with a soft rotating head!

Dental 0% Interest Free ZipPay Payment Plans!

Dental Payment Plan ZipPay

What is ZipPay Payment Plans?

ZipPay is a type of Buy Now Pay Later service. It allows you to get your dental work done today, and pay off the work as you feel free as a payment plan. We use ZipPay to allow you to get the work you need and deserve at an affordable rate on a payment plan.

What does a Dental Payment Plan through ZipPay allow me to do?

Dental payment plans allow you to get to your dental work, including cosmetic, all done under a payment plan.

Treatments that can be done on a payment plan and the associated minimum contributions per month:

  • Veneers - $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Invisalign - $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Crowns - $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Bridges - $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Dentures - $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Root Canals - $80 per month on ZipPay

Not all clinics have a payment plan. We are specifically associated with ZipPay to ensure you have the flexibility of 0% interest payments for 6 months.

How do I get the process started?

To get the process started you need to make a ZipPay account. You can make one online before your appointment, or you can come in and our staff can help you before your appointment. We do not accept ZipPay after an appointment if you have not already created an account. Please make an account before the appointment (either arrive early or do it online), to prevent any issues making a ZipPay account. 

 

Book online today and have your dental work done through a 0% interest ZipPay Payment Plan!

 

Dental Payment Plans and how it works

When you work with ZipPay for dental payment plans, ZipPay pays the clinic and you pay ZipPay back for money borrowed. ZipPay is a flexible Dental Payment Plan which allows you to have no fixed timeframe on repayments other than the minimum contribution to your monthly payments. In some cases where the required funds are excessive, there is an establishment fee to create the order, but ALL ZipPayment under $1000 has no establishment fee. In addition, the only fees that have not been discussed are the monthly account fee of $6.

Summarisation of fees

  • Any ZipPay account incurs a $6 per month on any money owing
  • Establishment fee for any ZipPay account above $1000
  • Minimum repayments of a minimum of $40

If you are in pain

Our private dental clinic is exceptional at getting patients out of pain. We pride ourselves on working hard and working late to meet your needs. We are open till 8 pm on all weekdays and are also open on the weekends.

If you are in pain, please give us a call or book online and we WILL slot you in so you are seen on the day! A Dental Payment Plan can cover your needs for the emergency visit.

Book online today and start with a 0% interest ZipPay Payment Plan!

 

How long is the approval process for ZipPay

ZipPay account application and approval are approximately 10 minutes. Once you finish the approval is immediate.

Dental Hospital voucher

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What are Dental Hospital vouchers?

Hospital vouchers are issued from a public local dental hospital to patients that cannot afford dental treatment and currently get a Centrelink payment. Hospital vouchers allow these patients to present the voucher to a private dental clinic and get the same or better treatment from a private dental clinic. If you ask your public dental hospital for a dental voucher, instead of getting the treatment done in the hospital, they usually will give you the voucher.

What does a Dental Hospital voucher allow me to do?

Vouchers will allow you to get the treatment you need. Dental vouchers are a way of the public system funding your need for dental work. It can help you get out of pain or do basic dentistry work like cleans and fillings.

What does a Dental Hospital voucher cover?

Items covered under the hospital vouchers are Cleans, Fillings, Dentures (False teeth), Root Canals / Nerve treatments (Stage 1 or 3) and Extractions (removing the tooth).

Cosmetic items like veneers or braces are usually not covered and must be paid privately. We will ensure our best to make sure you make the most of your dental voucher!

How do I get the process started?

There are many ways to get started with the process. Read below to get the process started.

Book online today and have your dental work done through a Dental Hospital voucher!

How to get the process started for a Dental Hospital Voucher!

There are many ways to get the process started. Here are the main ones listed below. Please remember this is the public system that you will be dealing with. Extended wait times on the phones, long waiting times and quality of care at public dental hospitals need to be considered before making a decision. At a private clinic, you get personalised care with appointments tailored to your needs.

Initial Private consultation!

In this process, we get you to come in for a private consultation ($50). We provide you with a letter of support and a treatment plan. We email/fax this off to the local hospital and then they will send you a dental voucher for our private dental clinic.

  1. Private consultation.
  2. Woodville Rd Medical and Dental centre will email/fax the Treatment plan and Letter of support.
  3. You receive a dental voucher.
  4. You come back in for further treatment.

Calling the Local Public hospital!

In this process, you call the local hospital and hope that they are sympathetic to your needs and send a dental voucher. The issue with this process is that they will ask you if you're in pain or if it is an urgent issue. They will then triage your condition and place you on a waiting list. They may call you in to get the work done, but the usual waiting times in 1 year to 1.5 years. At this time the problem usually gets worse and the tooth usually has to be removed.

Because there is no set treatment plan or letter of support from an authorised dentist, they can't really understand what is going on inside your mouth. This is why the waiting times are significantly longer for this method.

  1. Call the local dental hospital
  2. Wait for a dental voucher if they decide to send one to you. (1-1.5 years for waiting times)
  3. Book an appointment with our clinic and come in for further treatment.

If you are in pain

Our private dental clinic is exceptional at getting patients out of pain. We pride ourselves on working hard and working late to meet your needs. We are open till 8 pm on all weekdays and are also open on the weekends.

If you are in pain, please give us a call or book online and we WILL slot you in so you are seen on the day!

Book online today and start with a private consultation!

How long should I wait before calling the dental hospital about my voucher

Dental vouchers are a slow process when it is not expedited by a qualified dental professional. Waiting times to be seen by a dentist at the local public dental hospital can be long. If you can't wait till then, please call our clinic and we can help you out.

Public Hospital Contact

Bankstown Child Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Bankstown North Public School
322 Hume Highway, Bankstown NSW 2200
(Parking: Entrance Beresford Avenue)

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/zQM51UMu9Jm

Yagoona Adult Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Yagoona Community Health Centre
425 Hume Highway, Yagoona NSW 2199
Parking - Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/RwCQbEpY1sG2

Fairfield  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Fairfield Hospital Campus
Cnr Polding Street & Prairievale Road, Prairiewood NSW 2175
Hospital Car Park - Fees apply

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30 Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/twNt6oVmwH42

Public Hospital Contact

Liverpool  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Liverpool Hospital Campus
1st Floor Health Services Building
Cnr Goulburn & Campbell Streets, Liverpool NSW 2170
Hospital Car Park - Fees apply

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/NrnmtwhiPpz

Ingleburn  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Ingleburn Community Health Centre
57 Cumberland Road, Ingleburn NSW 2565
Parking - Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/NydzpTZAUE22

Rosemeadow  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Rosemeadow Community Health Centre
5 Thomas Rose Drive, Rosemeadow NSW 2560
Parking- Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/t6XmjKPY8n62

Westmead Centre for Oral Health

1300 739 949 or (02) 8890 6766

Darcy Road Westmead NSW 2145

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/QnCE1zJirYyKYvHe9 

 

 

Public Hospital Contact

Tahmoor Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 1300 559 393

Tahmoor Community Health Centre
15 Harper Close, Tahmoor NSW 2573
Parking - Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/CY8XUCQSd2t

Narellan  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Narellan Community Health Centre
14 Queen Street, Narellan NSW 2567
Parking - Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/y6n2cAnFS9w

Bowral Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 1300 559 393

Wingercarribee Community Health Clinic
Bendooley Place, Bowral NSW 2576
Free parking on site.

Opening Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/2DYMqDqVRgP2

 

Ear Wax removal In Merrylands

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Are you looking for Ear wax removal in Merrylands as an alternative to traditional Earbuds? If you suffer from the common issue of ear wax buildup then you may need your ear wax removed properly and safely by a medical professional. Fortunately Woodville Road Medical Centre now provides Ear wax removal in our Merrylands Clinic. Our Appointments for this service are currently bulk billed for a short time only to promote good health.

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How Does Ear wax removal work?

Ear wax removal is a quick and easy procedure, and it is suitable and safe for the majority of people. Our Ear wax removal uses tried and tested Ear Irrigation, wherein warm liquids are used to soften and remove ear wax lodged in your ear canals. This process flushes the wax out of the ear and leaves the ear debris free.

Book an Ear Cleaning Session with Dr Raj or Dr Susan Kang

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Ear Wax Cleaning at our Merrylands Clinic

Here are the primary features and benefits of the Ear wax removal process done by the GPs at Woodville Road Medical Centre:

  • Our ear irrigation service is covered under a Medicare consult, so you won’t incur any additional expenses from the procedure.
  • The procedure may be completed under a microscope to ensure that wax removal is done with safety and precision.
  • The procedure can help to uncover various potential infections or ear problems, which may be lying deeper in the ear
  • We have a specialist team to handle all parts of the procedure, certainly certified to handle the ear wax removal process.
  • We believe in the quality of service delivered with utmost safety. This is to ensure that above all else, you can have a safe and comfortable experience.

 


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To get started! 

Here at Woodville Rd Medical and Dental centre, we like to make things easy for you!

👉 Book an online appointment with Dr Raj or Dr Kang.

👉 Turn up at your appointment 15 minutes early to fill a New Patient Form.

👉 Doctors will run through some pre-screening questions before getting started with the wax removal process. If you have any questions or concerns, please let the doctor know inadvance so we can best help you.

 


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Merrylands Bulk Billed Varicose Vein Removal

Varicose vein bulk billed removal

Book an appointment with a GP, and get a referral to see Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas

5 Reasons to get Varicose veins removed!

  1. Aesthetics
    Varicose veins can look quite disfiguring, and they only get worse as time goes by. It's a sad truth, but by leaving varicose veins unattended, the swollen vein gets worse and is harder to repair. Your options for solving varicose veins are sclerotherapy or surgery. Sclerotherapy is relatively non-invasive and can be just as effective compared to surgery in the majority of circumstances. If you are concerned about your varicose veins, read below on our process (bulk billed) on how to get rid of them!
  2. Constant pain, throbbing, and tenderness in the legs
    This needs no explaining. Once it gets to this stage, it is quite debilitating. It takes more energy for your body to circulate the same amount of blood. There is of course the risks of blood clots and these can lead to dire consequences such as strokes and heart attacks. Prevent is better than cure. If you think you have varicose veins, or concerned about long-standing veins, please make a consult with our surgeon, who will assess and let you know the best course of action. We have bulk-billed these consults for your benefit.
  3. Skin sores and ulcers
    Skin sores and ulcers occur as certain parts of the body take more pressure and have repeated friction. These areas are usually when the varicose veins have started to bulge and they take more pressure than other areas. This ulceration and soreness brings about more swelling and makes the varicose vein bulge more.
  4. Blood clots
    As the vein gets rubbed against, it is quite fragile. Bleeding can occur internally as blood clots and can cause bruising or floating blood clots in the body.
  5. Bleeding from the veins
    As mentioned previously, veins are fragile. Veins are usually wrapped inside the body and well protected. When they come to the surface, any small trauma can cause the vein to pop and this can be quite dangerous. Bleeding out is rare, but it can be quite traumatic to deal with. It is best to dissolve these veins before that cause havoc in your life. If you would like to get more information on varicose vein removal, please discuss with our bulked billed surgeon. The process is listed below.

What is really going on in a varicose vein?

Come to our Merrylands Clinic for surgical varicose vein removal. Varicose veins are enlarged blood vessels that form beneath the skin surface. The one-way valves in the veins that would normally channel the blood back to the heart do not function properly, causing blood to 'pool' in the veins. These veins can become large, painful & unattractive and can cause symptoms such as tired, heavy, aching, burning, itching or cramping legs.

Depending on the severity of your varicose veins they may be suitable for injection therapy. This procedure can be done in my rooms. No preparation is required. We will advise you on your first consultation whether your veins are suitable. If your veins are suitable you will need to purchase a pair of gradient compression stockings before the procedure being carried out. There are several brands available (Venosan, Jobst etc) and most large chemist shops carry a range.

Our varicose vein removals are performed by our talented surgical consultant, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas.

 

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HOW TO BOOK YOUR SURGERY

👉 Book an appointment with one of our GP's to obtain a referral. This appointment is Bulk Billed for your convenience

👉 When you've obtained your referral, book an appointment with our surgeon, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas. Dr Lingathas is available 5 days a week. This consultation is also bulk billed.

👉 Come in on Treatment day! The surgeon's fee is bulk billed.

Please note: Any procedure incurs a $50 facility fee to cover the costs of any medication, sutures, or materials used as medicare does not reimburse our clinic for those items. Doctors and surgeons fees are Bulk billed if Medicare covers those procedures. Ask our surgeon as your FREE consultation about which procedures are covered 🙂

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Treatment

A tiny needle is used to inject a sclerosing solution directly into the unwanted vein. The solution acts on the inner lining of the vein, causing it to shrink so that no more blood can flow through the unwanted vein. Within weeks, the unused vein is absorbed by the body & eventually becomes barely noticeable or invisible. Following injection the leg is placed in a gradient compression stocking which helps the lining of the collapsed vein stick together. As these stockings are quite hot to wear most patients have their treatments in the cooler months of the year. Patients are advised to walk following the procedure, which forces the blood to flow through other healthy blood vessels nearby. A vein may need to be injected more than once, depending on its size. In any one treatment session, a number of veins can be injected. Several sessions may be needed for any vein region, depending on the type and number of veins being treated.

 


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Surgical Vasectomy In Merrylands

Vasectomy bulk billed

Book an appointment with a GP, and get a referral to see Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas

9 reasons to get a vasectomy over other contraceptions!

 

Benefits of a Vasectomy for Men:

  • Vasectomies are more effective.
    • Vasectomies are more effective than other contraceptive methods (99% effective!)
  • No need for general anesthesia.
    • A vasectomy does not require going under general anesthesia. The procedure instead, is most commonly done with simple local anesthesia. Because a vasectomy does not require anesthesia, the entire process takes Dr Lingathas only about 15 minutes to complete. There is NO general anaesthesia costs and not in hospital stay costs which can get quite pricey.
  • Lower cost than all other forms of birth control.
    • The average cost of a vasectomy is thousands of dollars cheaper than the methods of sterilization for women. In comparison, a vasectomy costs as little as under $990 at Woodville Rd Medical and Dental centre.
  • It is a one-time cost.
    • It is also worth noting that the cost of a vasectomy is just a one-time expense. With other forms of birth control, such as the pill or condoms, the price may be initially cheaper but obviously accrues with each purchase, making years of using condoms or oral contraceptives more expensive in the long run.
  • The procedure is often covered by insurance.
    • A vasectomy is covered by most insurance providers, meaning that the procedure will cost significantly less once you have met your deductible.
  • Does not affect sexual pleasure.
    • For several days directly following the procedure, men may experience some discomfort, however, from that point on a man’s orgasm will be no different than before the vasectomy. Medical professionals say the procedure will not weaken duration or intensity; sensitivity in the penis should not diminish or be affected.
  • It is a fast procedure and recovery.
    • For recovery, only 48 hours or less are required away from work.
  • The procedure is done in the doctor’s office rather than an operating room.
    • A contributing factor to the shorter procedure time and lower cost for vasectomies is the fact that the procedure can often be done in the office rather than an operating room. This signifies the simplicity of the procedure, as well as helps many feel more comfortable.
  • No scalpel vasectomies are available.
    • To even further simplify and improve recovery time, doctors have discovered a no-scalpel version of the vasectomy. This option is less invasive and has even fewer risks associated with it.

Benefits of a Vasectomy for Women:

  • Stopping hormonal birth control.
    • Every woman is different in how they react to various types of birth control, but a common side effect for many is exaggerated mood changes due to hormones. A woman is better able to regulate her mood and feel like herself when those additional hormones are not a factor. It also allows women to no longer worry about trying to remember to take a daily pill.
  • Avoiding more invasive tubal ligation.
    • As previously discussed, the procedure, recovery time, and risk factors are all much greater for tubal ligation in comparison to a vasectomy. Tubal ligation requires a visit to the hospital, an hour or longer procedure in the operating room under general anesthesia, and a potential overnight stay for monitoring. The pain throughout the four to seven-day recovery may be more significant, and although the risk is still relatively low, there is no risk to vital organs with a vasectomy.
  • Prevent failure of female sterilization, which may result in ectopic pregnancy.
    • The risks associated with pregnancy in women who have undergone tubal ligation include an uncommon occurrence of an ectopic pregnancy which may present a severe health risk to the women and an unsuccessful, painful pregnancy.

The decision to get a vasectomy as a permanent form of birth control is of course a very personal one. The best option for each person is dependent on the individual’s situation and consultation with a doctor; however, there are many benefits as detailed above to be considered for getting a vasectomy.

If you would like to learn more about the process, recovery time, benefits, and more feel free to come in for a Bulk-Billed Consult (No out-of-pocket expenses with a medicare card)!

 

 

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What is involved in your Vasectomy?


If you are looking for an effective birth control method, consider getting a vasectomy at Woodville Rd Medical Centre in Merrylands. This birth control method removes the common fear of possible pregnancy after sex and provides a permanent solution to unwanted birth. Vasectomy strengthens the bond of love between partners and turns intimacy into a haven of complete enjoyment. 

 

A vasectomy is a minor and low-risk procedure, carried out by our surgical consult Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas. Vasectomies can be reversible, but this discussion should take place before the surgery.

 

Before procedure day, you will always have a Consult with the Surgeon. He will run through the risks, benefits, procedure, recovery and answer any questions you might have. This is an obligation free, bulk-billed consultation (no out of pocket expenses with a medicare card), for your convenience.

 

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HOW TO BOOK YOUR SURGERY

👉 Book an appointment with one of our GP's to obtain a referral. This appointment is Bulk Billed for your convenience

👉 When you've obtained your referral, book a bulk billed appointment with our surgeon, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas. Dr Lingathas is available 5 days a week for your bulk-billed consultation! There are a few bits of information below to give you an idea of what to expect!

👉 Come in on Treatment day!

Please note: Any procedure incurs a minimum $50 facility fee to cover the costs of any medication, sutures, or materials used as medicare does not reimburse our clinic for those items. Doctors and surgeons fees are Bulk billed if Medicare covers those procedures. Ask our surgeon as your FREE consultation about which procedures are covered under bulk billing 🙂

Book an appointment with a GP, and get a referral to see Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas

What to expect!

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure that involves cutting the supply of sperm. It is a birth control method that is performed on a male. During this procedure, the sperm tubes are severed and the sperm can no longer make their way into the semen. Even though ejaculation will still occur during sex, there is no sperm to fertilize the female's egg, and no pregnancy can result from the sex if no sperm is present.

Initial consult:

If you are interested in undergoing the operation, you will first need a referral from a GP. Our GP's will take time to explain the entire process so that you can make an informed decision.

When you are ready, you can book your surgery with Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas.

The Vasectomy surgery:

The surgery is a relatively painless and very quick procedure.

In a conventional vasectomy, a local anesthetic agent is applied to the scrotum. The surgeon makes small cuts on the skin to access the tube that carries the sperm. The tubes are cut and little sections are removed before the tube ends are closed. Closing the tube ends is done via heat sealing or tying.

Post-Vasectomy Seminal test:

To confirm a successful vasectomy, the surgeon will collect and test the patient's semen sample, 12 weeks after the surgery is carried out. If the semen sample is confirmed to be free of sperm, then the vasectomy operation is confirmed successfully. Otherwise, more series of tests and contraceptives will be given to the patient until the semen is confirmed to be free of sperm.

After the operation

Mild discomfort will be experienced by the patient after the vasectomy operation. Some pain, bruising, or swelling can be expected, however, these will pass in a few days. For quick and complete recovery, specific instructions will be provided by your physician. Rest is encouraged for about 24 hours after vasectomy, while activities are limited for about two to three days after. The use of contraceptives is strongly advised for the first ten ejaculations or a minimum of two to three months after the vasectomy.

 


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Surgical Circumcision In Merrylands

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The most common and oldest surgical procedure is circumcision. New-born males come to the earth with a piece of skin covering the penis' head, known as the foreskin. Circumcision is then performed to remove this piece of skin. Various justifications exist for this practice, including cultural, religious, medical, and social purposes.

The time for performing circumcision varies as healthy infants can undergo the procedure 2 to 3 days after birth. Some others perform circumcision when they become much older. That is, as grown-up children or as adults.

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How to book your surgery

👉 Book an appointment with one of our GP's to obtain a referral. This appointment is Bulk Billed for your convenience

👉 When you've obtained your referral, book an appointment with our surgeon, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas, for a consultation. Dr Lingathas is available 5 days a week. This consultation is bulk billed.

👉 Come in on Treatment day!

Please note: Any procedure incurs a minimum $50 facility fee to cover the costs of any medication, sutures, or materials used as medicare does not reimburse our clinic for those items. Doctors and surgeons fees are Bulk billed for some procedures. Ask our surgeon as your FREE consultation about which procedures are covered 🙂

Book an appointment with a GP, and get a referral to see Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas

What is circumcision?

Circumcision is the surgical procedure through which the foreskin of the penis is removed. Cutting off this shroud of skin results in the exposure of the penis. Circumcision is thus believed to enable males to keep the area around the penis clean.

A larger percentage of circumcision is performed for newborns shortly after birth. Many have it later in life, while some never undergo the procedure. Most importantly, clinics like ours only offer circumcision for people above the age of 8.

The Process of Surgical Circumcision

Initial consult

Before circumcision, consulting one of our Merryland GPs is necessary before seeing our surgeon, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas. Our doctors will take the time to give a clear explanation of the benefits and risks of circumcision.

In some cases, you might have to wait for some time, before undergoing the circumcision. Such situations might be in cases of a premature baby, or a baby with a family history of bleeding problems, or a baby born with any problem relating to genital organ disorders. During this waiting period, written consent is required. Also, it is important to mention that the initial consult and the surgery can be done within a week.

Surgical Circumcision

Circumcision for newborns, older children, and adults follows the same procedure. For children, the child will be awake during the procedure and will be placed on their back with their legs and arms in a restrained position.

Then, an antiseptic will be used to clean up the penis, and a local anesthetic agent applied or injected into its base. A plastic ring will be attached to the penis head, after which the foreskin will be removed. After a while, the ring will fall off, and an ointment will be applied to the penis before it is wrapped in gauze. It takes about 10 minutes for a baby, while for an adult, it might take up to 30 minutes. Mobility is not affected as the patient can walk about after the surgery.

Recovery

Following surgery, some discomfort occurs normally. For adults, you will be able to walk out of the clinic right away, though you will be in recovery for 3-4 days.  Urination will be normal, with no discomfort.

 


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Merrylands Braces and Orthodontics for Children

Many children can be quite-self conscious about requiring braces, however at our Merrylands Dental Clinic, we know know that the long term benefits are well worth the discomfort. Children deserve a perfect smile allowing them to be carefree and full of life.

Crooked teeth can result in significant impacts on a child's dental hygiene, breathing, and sleep habits. While our dentists will always encourage any preventative methods while they are still an option, braces can also in turn prevent the need for more serious treatments down the line. Having untreated crooked teeth is quite unfortunate, as it leads to many other issues. One of the main issues is psychological low self esteem, which impacts a child throughout their life. When a child has crooked teeth, they are less likely to smile and more likely to be awkward and hesitant about social interactions. This has long-standing impacts and negatively changes the way a child grows up.

If you are a parent that is concerned about their child developing a straight and healthy smile come and visit the Woodville Road Dental Clinic. We want all children to have beautiful vibrant smiles that bring a smile to everyone who sees it. Our clinic uses white brackets and white archwires to hide the braces, making them virtually invisible when required. Say goodbye to braces that stand out and create an eyesore. Our new SmileFast technology makes a slim profile to the braces keeping them hidden.

Book an Appointment with one of our Merrylands Dentists if you think you need a Dental Crown

Are you an adult that is interested in braces? This is a service we provide!

Book Now with one of our dentists for a consulation.

Additionally, we also offer in-house Invisalign treatments. Click here to find out more about Invisalign.


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Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Merrylands

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A man having breasts or man boobs is relatively abnormal but not uncommon and many afflicted individuals will choose to seek out male breast reduction surgery.

Man boobs can be hereditary, or due to a misuse of medications, among a number of other potential causes. They are the reason why many young men develop body consciousness or self esteem issues. A simple male breast reduction is an often uncomplicated process that can give you a flat and firm chest. The operation reduces excess fat and glandular tissues in a male's chest.

As of 2019, according to a report, there was a 19% increase in patients that underwent male breast reduction.

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However, before the effect of a problem can be removed, the cause must be known and examined carefully. Please book an appointment with one of our GP's for a pre-surgery consultation.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SURGERY

👉 Book an appointment with one of our GP's to obtain a referral. This appointment is Bulk Billed for your convenience

👉 When you've obtained your referral, book an appointment with our surgeon, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas, for a consultation. Dr. Lingathas is available 5 days a week. This consultation is bulk billed.

👉 Come in on Treatment day!

Please note: Any procedure incurs a minimum $50 facility fee to cover the costs of any medication, sutures, or materials used as medicare does not reimburse our clinic for those items. Doctors and surgeons fees are Bulk billed for some procedures. Ask our surgeon as your FREE consultation about which procedures are covered. 🙂

Speak with a Doctor today!

What causes man boobs?

Enlarged male boobs are otherwise known as gynecomastia. It occurs as a result of proliferated glandular tissue in men. Men are not born to have protruded breasts like women. Gynecomastia is caused by increased male estrogen production and decreased testosterone levels during puberty.

Alternatively, the presence of excess fat in a man's chest is another cause of man boobs.

With both cases, a simple male breast reduction surgery can alleviate men of this affliction.

 

What Is Involved In The Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Male breast reduction is not a general surgery carried out anywhere. It is often a specific operation carried out by a specialist surgeon. Woodville Road Medical Clinic has one such specialist with years of experience in male breast reduction.

There are two methods for a Man Boob Reduction Surgery:

  1. The Use of Liposuction

Treating gynecomastia with the use of liposuction involves the use of local anesthesia with sedation. This surgery is executed with a small incision on the sides of the chest or within the armpit. Through this, the surgeon removes excess fat and glandular tissues from the chest, and at the same time, shapes the chest to that which best fits.

Patients are given contraction garments to reduce swelling and aid quick healing. Specific instructions will be given to every patient by the surgeon to aid with for the rapid recovery of the tissues.

 

  1. Treating Gynecomastia Using Tissue Incision

Cases with significant sagging skin around the breast require a treatment other than liposuction. These patients are offered tissue incision.

This involves the removal of glandular tissues. Incisions are made around the creases of the chest for the removal of excess fat.

Male breast reduction surgery through tissue incision involves the use of general anesthesia. For recovery, patients are given constriction garments to reduce swelling and aid quick tissue healing.

 

It is vitfor patients to first see a GP for advice and to see if surgery is the best choice for you. After the surgery, follow all instructions given by the surgeon.

Merrylands Ear, Nose, and Throat Expert

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Do you need to see an experienced ENT doctor in the Merrylands area? The ear, nose and throat are vital parts of the body and chronic conditions affecting their normal functioning can cause significant problems to daily life.

With the rise in ENT disorders, a closer and specialised look at some of the common ENT issues is paramount when treating recurring issues. Allergies and hayfever, sinusitis, nosebleeds, and snoring, among many others, are prevalent ENT issues. If you suffer from any of these and live in the Merrylands, Guildford or Granville area, book an appointment with your local ENT expert.

 

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Book an appointment with our ENT Expert:

Dr Kanav Malhotra

Common Reasons to see your Merrylands ENT Doctor

Allergies and Hayfever:

An allergy is the response of the human immune system to external substances, or allergens. They are contacted by touching, inhaling, eating, or injecting them into our bodies.

While Allergies are of two forms, namely indoor and outdoor allergies, they also occur either around the year or in specific seasons. There are various types of allergies. Grass and weed pollen, pets, dust mites, cockroaches, and mold spores are all common allergy triggers. Hayfever, an allergy triggered majorly by pollen, is found among 10-30% of the world's population.

Symptoms of Allergies

  • Sneezing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Nasal pain
  • Itching of the ear, nose, and throat
  • Postnatal drips
  • Headache

Prevention and Treatment

In general, allergies do not have a cure but could be managed. Further, the best prevention of allergies is avoiding allergens or allergy triggers. Various treatments are available, and seeing a GP or ENT doctor is recommended.

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Sinusitis

Sinusitis is also a common ENT issue that occurs due to the inflammation of the paranasal sinuses. Hence, sinusitis affects effective breathing and also makes the nose stuffy. Most times, sinusitis could either be chronic or acute. While acute sinusitis occurs for a short while (1-4 weeks) and is generally associated with cold, chronic occurs for a longer time, for instance, three months and above. Its causes include allergies, viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Symptoms

  • Nasal inflammation
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Nasal congestion
  • Insensitivity to smell and taste
  • Fatigue
  • Pains
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Cough amidst many others.

Treatment and Preventive Measures:

Preventive measures include avoiding smoking, managing or avoiding allergens, maintaining proper hygiene, staying in a moist environment, and keeping a distance from individuals with respiratory challenges.

Medications are available, such as nasal irrigation using saline nasal sprays. Resting adequately, inhaling steam and using decongestant tablets are also options, and in extreme cases you may require surgery. See a GP or specialist to recommend the treatment most suitable to your condition.

Snoring:

Approximately 45% of adults snore, and of these, about 25% will do this often. Snoring can become disturbing to partners or other people sleeping close to a snorer. These sounds are the result of a blockage of air passage through the nose or mouth. A sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea is often connected to snoring most times. Apart from blockage of the nose and throat, snoring could also result from the use of drugs and alcohol, sleeping on your back, lack of adequate sleeping time, or being overweight.

Remedies and treatments

  • Have a sleeping schedule and stick to it
  • Always sleep sideways
  • Elevate the head of your bed a bit
  • Open your airways with decongestants(with doctor permission)
  • Change lifestyle
  • Wearing plastic in your mouth to keep your airway open

Nosebleeds

A nosebleed is the blood loss from tissues found inside the nose. Though the sight of this blood loss might be frightening, however, this is often a minor issue. There are instances where it can be a chronic issue that requires a doctor or ENT specialist. Anterior and posterior nosebleed are the common forms of nosebleed. While the anterior type is common among children and starts from the front of the nose, the other is common among adults and begins deep inside the nose. Its causes range from nose picking, allergic reaction, repeated sneezing, cold air, irritation of chemicals, fixed external item in the nose, cold air, infection in the upper part of the respiratory system, nose injury, and many others.

Prevention and Treatments

  • Avoid nose-picking
  • Blow your nose gently
  • Protect your nose during harmful activities
  • Follow nasal decongestants instructions.