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At Brad Pearce Dental, we understand that with dental treatments acome complex questions. For your convenience, we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions below.

If your question is not listed here, please feel free to contact our friendly staff. We’re happy to answer any enquiries you may have.
For optimal oral health, we recommend scheduling a checkup every 6 months. This ensures you receive a professional clean, removing any plaque buildup to maintain your oral hygiene. Additionally, regular visits allow your dentist to spot and address any dental issues before they escalate.
Yes, we’re open on Saturdays from 9 am until 1 pm.

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 remember to bring your health fund card to your appointment. You’ll only be responsible for any gap payment, if applicable. We’re a preferred provider for HCF patients on the More for Teeth package, ensuring no gap for preventive treatment.
We do offer Bulk Billing through the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. If you’re unsure about your child’s eligibility, feel free to reach out to us for assistance.

Yes, please see our cosmetic dental information here.

Please see our payment methods here.

Absolutely. We prioritise emergencies and aim to schedule you in as soon as possible. Our reception phones are operational from 8am for early calls, and we also have an option for out-of-hours messages.
Yes, all our x-rays are digital, which means significantly less radiation compared to conventional x-rays. This includes our OPG and 3D Cone Beam unit.
Our preference is to handle all treatments in-house for your convenience. With advanced technology like our 3D cone beam unit and microscope, we can now manage more complex procedures that might have required a specialist before. However, there may still be cases where a referral is necessary.
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, it’s crucial to seek dental attention promptly. Handle the tooth by its crown, avoiding the root. Gently rinse it under saline solution or milk, and try to place it back in your mouth. If this is too painful, keep it between your teeth and cheek, or in a small container of milk. Remember to keep it moist, avoiding water. Seek immediate dental care.
We recommend starting your child’s dental visits from the age of 2 years old.

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.


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