Are you phobic about attending the dentist? How our team at Healthy Smile Centre can help you

Did you have a bad experience with dental practitioners growing up? Does the thought of getting in the dental chair fill you with dread?

When you have a severe dental phobia, it can feel extremely daunting to even walk past a dental surgery, let alone go into one! Inevitably, not attending regular dental check-ups can lead to a myriad of issues for those with dental phobias, adding to the apprehension of getting into the dental chair.

So, what can you do? Luckily, modern dentistry includes an awareness of how many people are anxious about visiting their local dental surgery and you will be glad to know that the days of the finger-wagging, lecturing dentist are long gone!

At Healthy Smile Centre, the staff with our dentist in Zetland are trained to be extremely compassionate towards all of our patients and can offer our nervous patients some extra TLC. We will aim to make sure you are comfortable during your appointment with us and will work with you to overcome your fears at a pace that suits you.

How can the staff at our dentist in Zetland help you to relax? Read on to find out!

Oral sedation

While our dentist in Zetlandcan offer you oral sedation before getting into the dental chair, you will have to undergo a medical appointment with a medical practitioner beforehand to ensure the sedatives we use are appropriate for you.

Oral sedatives will enable you to communicate with our dental team, but will make you feel less agitated, allowing you to relax as our team works on your mouth.

We must advise that you bring along an age-appropriate, responsible family member or friend to take you home afterwards though.

Intravenous (IV) sedation

When you need a bit more help relaxing, our dental team can offer you IV sedation.

This is provided through a needle and drip into your arm. While undertaking IV sedation, you may feel you are in a dreamlike state, allowing you to experience extreme relaxation.

You will not be unconscious and will be able to respond to our team’s instructions during the dental procedure. However, any memory of the procedure will be difficult to recall afterward, making this the perfect solution for more phobic patients.

Our team will measure your heart rate, blood pressure, and responsiveness while using IV sedation to ensure that you are doing well. Once again, we must insist that you bring an age-appropriate, responsible family member or friend along to take you home afterward. You must not do things such as operate heavy machinery or drive for 24 hours after IV sedation.

General anaesthesia

Need a bit more than IV sedation or is it not suitable?

Our team can offer you general anaesthesia, but this will not be performed at our surgery. You will need to attend a local day surgery and will, once again, need to make sure you have someone to take you home afterward.

You will have no recollection of the procedure after undertaking this type of sedation.


All dental treatments carry potential risks. This article is not a substitute for a check-up with your dental practitioner.