Gentle dentistry

If you suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, you’ve come to the right place.

We practice gentle dentistry, which means that we take great care to minimise your anxiety and maximise your comfort.

It’s estimated that approximately half of all people suffer from dental anxiety, while about 10% have a full-blown phobia. The causes vary. For some the fear centres on needles and drills, while for others it stems from a feeling of loss of control. Some of us dread getting hit with a mammoth bill for dental work we aren’t even sure we need. Others loathe being lectured about their poor oral health habits. Sadly, a few of us are traumatised by brutal childhood dental experiences.

Whatever its cause, dental anxiety always gets worse with avoidance. In other words, the more you stay away from the dentist, the more you fear going.

We’ve developed – over many years – a toolkit of techniques to help patients work through their dental anxiety. The most effective approach will vary from person to person, so we are flexible about we work with you and what level of support you need. That said, all patients at our practice can expect to benefit from the things we have in place to make visiting us a comfortable experience.

A relaxing environment
Our clinic is a calm and happy place, and our staff are compassionate people. We pay attention to the environment we provide because we want you to feel at home when you visit us.

Sensitive communication
We treat you and your family members with kindness, understanding and patience. We explain every step of your treatment so you’re fully aware of what’s happening. We understand that communication is a two-way process and encourage you to ask questions and raise concerns.

No surprises
We make sure that you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your treatment. We provide you with treatment plans and fee estimates so that everything is clear up front.

Excellent pain management
These days, there is no reason for dental treatment to be painful. We use a range of topical and local anaesthetics for thorough numbing.

A range of sedation options, including ‘sleep dentistry’
Nitrous Oxide works very well for some patients – and we use it often – but if you require full sedation we can conduct ‘sleep dentistry’ with the assistance of a specialist.

A specialist psychologist on site
Three days a week, we share our office with a  psychologist who specialises in anxiety and phobias. If your dental phobia is a real problem in your life – or if you suffer from multiple phobias – we can set up a time for you to meet with Leah to discuss counselling.

Excellent outcomes
Quality dental work has fewer complications and lasts longer. In other words, it reduces the amount of time you spend at the dentist. We are experienced practitioners who won’t cut corners or use inferior materials to compete on price.

Whatever your reason for avoiding the dentist, we encourage you to give us a chance to change your mind. After their first visit with us, many patients find they are no longer anxious about getting dental treatment.

Gentle dentist Mebourne