Sedation Dentistry Melbourne

One of the major reasons why people don’t visit the dentist is because of dental fear and anxiety. Our aim At The Smile Designer Dental Studio in Melbourne is to provide a relaxing environment where our patients are listened to so we can provide options to overcome these issues. Our well-located dental studio is on the border of Thornbury and South Preston, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs like Brunswick, Northcote and Heidelberg.

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Sedation Dentistry In Melbourne

Sedation dentistry is perfect for when you need a complicated or nerve-wracking procedure done, but you aren’t too comfortable with the process. Sedation dentistry allows for a more pain-free and quicker experience as you’re put to sleep while the procedure takes place – ensuring that you don’t feel any pressure and wake up to your treatment fully completed. We understand that past experiences may be an issue when it comes to dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is tailored towards the individual as well as the treatment is completed. The method of administration is personalised, which means you will receive a level of sedation dentistry that will guarantee a comfortable, stress-free dental experience. Although sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry are extremely similar, there are small differences between the two and how they work.

Sedation Dentistry – Sedation dentistry refers to the administration of medications that cause deep relaxation and drowsiness. The patient will not go to sleep, but instead, will feel extremely relaxed. This means that they will be awake throughout the entire procedure, however, won’t feel any anxiety over it and in some cases, won’t actually remember it. Sedation dentistry is perfect for when you don’t want to be put to sleep but want to alleviate some of the worries and stresses that come hand in hand with a complex dental procedure or operation.
Sleep Dentistry – Sleep dentistry is the alternative to sedation dentistry and is when the patient is put to sleep under general anaesthesia. Usually, sleep dentistry is utilised in procedures that are longer and much more complicated or for patients who have extreme cases of anxiety.
At The Smile Designer, our professional team of dentists will help you understand the difference between sleep dentistry and sedation dentistry and will determine which pathway is the right option for you. For more information on sedation dentistry, contact our experts today.

How Can The Smile Designer Help?

The starting point to getting to understand you is your first initial consultation. A full examination with all the relevant x-ray’s and imaging are taken, to get a clear understanding of what needs to be done. We will sit down and listen to all your concerns, gain an understanding of what our goals are for treatment and the desired outcome we want to achieve. We will also go through costs and work around your budget with payment plan options if needed. Together, we will decide how we can overcome your dental fear and anxiety.

At The Smile Designer, while we don’t offer sleep dentistry, we believe that many individuals may not require it if they find the environment calming and relaxed. Having said that, we do provide options such as inhalation sedation, where patients remain awake but are mildly sedated. With our focus on patient comfort and tailored solutions, we strive to address dental anxiety effectively. With our extensive experience in assisting anxious patients, our dentists are adept at helping you conquer any apprehensions you may have. Speak to our team today, and if you still need it we can help by referring you to trusted professionals outside our business who provide sleep dentistry services.

Do You Offer Payment Plans?

Yes, we will go through all your options, set up a budget that suits your needs, and work through payment solutions with you. Most people find that after the initial consultation, the proposed treatment solutions are not what they had initially thought and their experience at the dentists have changed for the better. So contact us now at The Smile Designer Dental Studio.

FAQ’S About Sedation Dentistry

How much does sedation dentistry cost?

The cost of sedation dentistry is completely dependent on the individual case. In some instances, sedation dentistry can be quite costly if the procedure is quite complex. However, other times, the cost may be low if the procedure isn’t incredibly time-consuming. At The Smile Designer, we try to keep our prices low so that everyone has the option of attaining high-quality dental case when it matters most. For more information on prices, contact us today, and we’ll discuss your needs in detail.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is where the patient is put to sleep under a general anesthetic. This ensures that the patient doesn’t feel any pain as the procedure takes place. Sedation dentistry is mainly used in treatments and operations that are time-consuming or more complicated. It is also helpful for patients who are extremely anxious or have a bad case of dental fear. For more information on sleep dentistry and how it works, contact our team of experts at The Smile Designer.

Where is your dental clinic located?

We are located in Melbourne at 118-120 High street, Thornbury. We are on the border of Thornbury and South Preston, close to Bell Street, and just a stones throw away from surrounding suburbs like Northcote, Brunswick, Preston and Heidelberg.

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Why Choose The Smile Designer

We have helped numerous people in Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs with our high-quality care and superior service to achieve optimal results. Our dentists take great pride in not only restoring your smile and keeping it healthy, but also educating our patients about their oral health. It is important to us that we create the best foundation in ensuring our patients have full clarity and transparency in understanding their treatment plans.We have invested in state of the art technology to provide you with quality and peace of mind. Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular. Ultimately who doesn’t want a smile that shines with confidence? Being at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry, we combine advanced technology, an artistic eye with extensive experience alongside ethical practice to ensure you are in the most capable and experienced hands. When you choose the Smile Designer, our dental clinic offers renowned dentistry because of the following:



At our dental studio, we are dedicated to providing a superior experience to every patient. We value our patients as if they were part of our own community, and we believe this is evident in the authentic feedback we receive.

AdrAdr ★★★★★ Gareth is incredible! By far the MOST attention to detail I’ve ever experienced from a dentist. He asked plenty of discovery questions to truly understand what I wanted to achieve and consistently checks for feedback. I felt so comfortable being really specific and picky about what I wanted done. ALSO the entire reception/admin team are so kind and welcoming.Isabelle H.Isabelle H. ★★★★★ So incredibly happy with my results with Dr Madeleine Duff, she was able to give me my dream smile with Invisalign and composite bonding within 12 months! And Maggie at the reception desk is always so welcoming and lovely to chat to, well worth the drive from Doreen.Anne N.Anne N. ★★★★★ I had the pleasure of having my teeth checked and cleaned by Dr Nathan Tran today.I was a little apprehensive at first since some cleans can be too hard (which feel very uncomfortable/painful), and others not hard enough (leaving me feel like I need another clean).Dr Tran took his time, and made sure that I was comfortable throughout. He showed me photos of my teeth before and after the clean - wow, what a difference! He also pointed out areas where he thinks I can strengthen/protect existing teeth to prevent potential cracking/decay (due to age) and possibly tooth removal. This has happened to me before so I was very grateful for his advice.The whole experience was easy and effortless, and I came away feeling reassured and positive about what I can do to keep my teeth clean and healthy.I highly recommend anyone who cares about their teeth as much as I do to go and see Dr Tran!Hayley F.Hayley F. ★★★★★ Just wanted to share my amazing experience with Dr. Gareth. From the moment I walked in, I was impressed by the warm and friendly atmosphere. Dr. Gareth's professionalism and expertise really stood out. He took the time to explain everything clearly and made me feel at ease throughout my visit and my Invisalign journey. The quality of care I received was exceptional, and I couldn't be happier with the results of my dental work. The clinic itself was clean and the staff were super helpful. I highly recommend Dr. Gareth to anyone in need of a skilled and caring dentist. Thanks, Dr. Gareth, for providing such excellent dental care!Tracey L.Tracey L. ★★★★★ So grateful for Dr Gareth's expertise in repairing a large broken amalgam filling. It needed to be replaced with a crown. Lot of care and attention in this extensive appt.Grateful that nurse Chelsea was able to assist me for urgent appt, to be attended to promptly on a Monday morning and extremely happy crown is made on sites and fitted in 1 appt.Recommend highly.Katherine B.Katherine B. ★★★★★ Dr Dev and the entire team took immaculate care of me from start to finish. Due to part of my jaw missing, I have spent over a decade just coping with worsening jaw clicking and headaches. During the initial consult, Dev outlined all costs, treatments and expectations and immediately scanned me for a splint to wear. Absolutely everything was looked after and explained so clearly. All stress or hesitance connected with dentist visits(both personal and financial) was alleviated by them. I also loved the personalised welcome card projected on screen. I felt like an absolute princess. I cannot recommend the experience enough!Mrs W.Mrs W. ★★★★★ We were travelling and had a small 'emergency'. We walked in this morning and we were seen after filling in paperwork. We could not ask for nicer, sweeter, more comforting people all round. My 10year old can rest easier now and enjoy her time away. I wish we lived closer! Thank you so very much, I'm so very grateful.Vickie N.Vickie N. ★★★★★ Dr Nathan works dental magic! his expertise and attention to detail is fantastic . from the warm welcome to the flawless restoration process of my implant, every step was outstanding. He listened to my concerns, explained everything thoroughly, and ensured my comfort throughout. My my implant crown looks incredibly natural Dr. Nathan even followed up afterward. For excellent dental care, I highly recommend Dr. Nathan !Vee T.Vee T. ★★★★★ Today I had a wonderful experience at my appointment with Dr Gareth. I have been to the dentist many times in my life but still get those nerves going into any appointment. The second I walked in I was greeted by a lovely young lady who was so friendly and welcoming. My time with Dr Gareth was no different and he put me at ease quite quickly and answered all my questions with lots of information and care. Because of this I have decided to take further dental care with The Smile Designer. My experience with Mia after my appointment was warm, engaging, caring and most importantly very informative. Thank you to the team there and I very much look forward to my journey with Dr Gareth and for all my dental needs.ViPeckham F.Peckham F. ★★★★★ I have seen Dr Gareth several now and always have received fantastic care. He is very detailed in his approach but won't do any treatment that is not needed, just to charge you. Most recent visit to have my tooth taken out. He knew I had bad experienece with another dentist prior to this, and made sure he was gentle, but at the same time did an amazing (and fast) extraction, talking to me the whole time. Subsequent care was excellent as well, with follow up calls. I would highly recommend the whole practice, and especially Dr Gareth.Jenny Y.Jenny Y. ★★★★★ Dr. Gareth Huang's dental care exceeded expectations during my recent visit to The Smile Designer. His meticulous approach and genuine concern for patient comfort stood out. The clinic's cleanliness and the staff's professionalism further enhanced the experience. I highly recommend Dr. Huang for his exceptional dental care.Elizabeth K.Elizabeth K. ★★★★★ The team at smile designer are so lovely! I had a clean and check up with Dr Nathan and he was super informative and honest with what I required and thorough in explanation throughout!If your looking for a dentist, look no further 🫶🏼Hayley JHayley J ★★★★★ Great experience. Receptionist were friendly and welcoming. I saw Dr.Nathan, and he was excellent. I often feel anxious before/during dental appointments, but Dr. Nathan was great. Most comfortable I've ever felt at a dentist.js_loader
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Our Preston dental clinic remains open 5 days a week. We offer morning and evening appointments to cater to your busy lifestyle. We invite and welcome all new patients as well existing patients to our state-of-the-art clinic to experience a smile journey like no other.
Our quality dental treatments at an affordable price range will make you love visiting us. For more information on our services and payment plan, Contact us today on (03)9034 5949 or [email protected]. You can also use our online form or our online booking platform to schedule an appointment with us.
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