To ensure your comfort, we employ various pain relief methods:
- Topical anesthetic to ease the discomfort of injections.
- Local anesthetic for complete numbness before treatment.
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at our Woolgoolga practice, and Penthrox for patient-controlled analgesia at our other locations. These options help alleviate anxiety and manage gag reflex.
Yes, please see our cosmetic dental information here.
Nitrous Oxide, also known as ‘happy gas’, is a form of inhalation sedation. It’s administered through a mask placed over your nose. This sedation reduces anxiety while allowing you to stay alert enough to interact with your dentist. Its effects wear off after a few breaths of regular air, typically within 20 minutes.
What Is Penthrox™?
Penthrox™ is another form of inhalation sedation, delivered through a hand-held device. It provides virtually pain-free dentistry and helps alleviate anxiety. It’s suitable for procedures up to one hour in duration and takes effect rapidly with just 6-8 breaths.
Do You Provide Oral Medication?
If you’re extremely anxious about an upcoming procedure, our dentists can prescribe medication, like Valium, for you to take an hour or two before your appointment. Always follow the prescribed instructions. Please note that Valium is a sedative and should not be mixed with alcohol. Arrange for someone to drop you off and pick you up after the procedure. Avoid driving, operating heavy machinery, or making critical decisions for 24 hours following the procedure.
Our friendly reception staff will welcome you and ask you to complete a Medical History. The dental assistant will take you into our fully equipped dental surgery and seat you in the dental chair. One of our gentle dentists will conduct a thorough examination, possibly with x-rays, and then discuss any treatment you may require with you.
Situations which may require you to cancel your appointment will happen, please call us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your scheduled appointment.
We do not provide orthodontic services at our surgeries but we can most definitely offer you a referral to an Orthodontic Specialist if your dentist feels you require orthodontic treatment.