Dental Anxiety

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Dental anxiety is very common, but we’re here to change that. Many patients have anxieties around their dental visits, whether it be due to a bad past experience or a fear of pain. Sadly, this has prevented many from attaining the smile they’ve always wanted. That’s why at Studio Smiles we’ve handcrafted our patient experience to maximise your comfort and address your fears. Your comfort is our number one priority, and it is our team’s mission to ensure you are looked after at every step of the journey.

Studio Smiles was built from the ground-up to help patients like you overcome their dental anxiety and achieve the smile of their dreams. From the warm and inviting décor which says ‘spa’ more than it does ‘dental clinic’, through to the small touches – calming essential oils, noise-cancelling headphones, and Netflix TVs.

We also know how important transparency is to put your mind at ease. That’s why we have a policy of transparency on those topics that matter – treatment options, expected results, risks, and costs. We take consent seriously, and make sure you are fully always informed so there are never any surprises.

For those who are particularly dental phobic, we also commonly do treatments under oral or IV sedation. Ready to take the first step to getting the teeth and smile you’ve always wanted? Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is the fear of being in a dental environment. Often this fear can cause dental avoidance, resulting in delaying necessary dental treatment. At Studio Smiles, we’ll do everything we can to ensure you feel comfortable and completely at ease. We have a team of highly qualified dentists for nervous patients, to make sure you have an easy, frictionless experience.

What are the causes of dental anxiety?

Many factors contribute to dental anxiety.


  • Past traumatic experiences
  • Fear of pain
  • Embarrassment
  • General anxiety or other mental health conditions
  • Fear of losing control

We know how hard this can make attending the dentist. We’ve helped thousands of patients in similar situations overcome these anxieties and change their view on dentistry. At Studio Smiles we take the time to get to know you and accommodate your fears to give you the best possible experience. In fact, many of our anxious patients end up being some of the most comfortable and committed at the end of their smile journey with us. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.

How can dental anxiety impact my oral health?

Dental anxiety causes people to avoid the dentist, sometimes for years. This means that any undiagnosed conditions may be left unmanaged, silently worsening in the background. The result is a deterioration of any dental disease present, making the eventual treatment potentially more complex and costly.

How can Studio Smiles help me deal with my dental anxiety?

Highly trained team
Our team has dedicated training on dental anxiety – we understand the importance of listening, treating patients with care and gentleness, and taking the time to get to know you. We adjust our approach for your comfort. Step-by-step we’ve now helped thousands of patients conquer their dental fears and get the treatment that they need. Our anxious patients are often surprised by just how comfortable and pain-free dentistry can be in the right hands.

State-of-the-art technology
One way we help patients curb dental anxiety is with our in-house, cutting-edge technology. We’ve heavily invested in a wide range of technologies and sedation options to make sure that your treatments are pain-free and you feel completely at ease. Our patients also have the choice of listening to music, or watching their favourite Netflix show during their appointment. With noise cancelling headphones, you’ll be able to sit back and focus on the screen right above you. We often hear our patients having a snooze while we work on their teeth – which we take as a compliment knowing this means they feel completely comfortable in our hands.

Before performing any treatments, we make it a priority to have you understand all the important parts – what’s involved, the costs, the risks, and the expected results. We’ll never start any procedure until we’ve fully explained everything and you’ve given us the go-ahead. Our patients are always kept in the loop, so they never have to worry about unexpected surprises. Feel comfortable knowing our service is 100% transparent.


We encourage all patients to attend with a friend, partner, or family member for support. Having someone you know by your side can really help put you at ease and give you the confidence to start your smile journey.

What are the symptoms of dental anxiety?

Depending on the individual, a person’s dental anxiety may show in many ways.

Some of these include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Distress or panic attacks
  • Crying or feeling physically ill
  • Purposely missing appointments
  • Trouble sleeping the night before your appointment
How common is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is extremely common and can affect people of ages, sizes, and backgrounds. Research shows that as many as 1 in 5 adults suffer from dental phobia. You are not alone. But we are here to help!

Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.

What are my treatment options?

For those patients that need a little extra help overcoming their dental anxieties, we offer both oral and IV sedation.

Oral Sedation
Think of this like taking a ‘sleeping’ pill. Oral sedation is as simple as taking a specially prescribed tablet 1-2 hours before your appointment and getting your dentistry done in the chair pain-free and with no stress. While oral sedation does not put you to sleep, it does take away all your worries by putting you into a calm and very relaxed state of mind. Because of how powerful our oral sedatives are it will be necessary for you to be accompanied to and from your treatment by a spouse, family member, or close friend. And because of the strong effects on the brain, it is important to take the rest of the day easy – no driving or important decision making. Ask us about oral sedation when booking your appointment online or over the phone.

IV Sedation
Wanting to get your dentistry done asleep? We offer full intravenous (IV) sedation which means you can relax and fall into a light sleep, waking up to the smile transformation of your dreams. Whether it be simple fillings or complex full mouth rehabilitations, IV sedation is an excellent option. As a patient of Studio Smiles you will be eligible to get your dentistry done in-house with our trained dental anesthesiologist by your side – no need to go to hospital! Our facility has been purpose-built to provide you with this service in the dental chair all under the one roof.

At Studio Smiles, we take pride in our transparent approach to treatment. We endeavour to make the entire process clear for you so that you understand exactly what is happening, what can be done, the likely outcomes, and all relevant costs. We believe in a thorough approach, so our patients stress less and feel better faster. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.

How much will this cost me?

Costs will vary depending on the individual and the treatment necessary. We believe in a transparent approach, so we make it a rule to provide all relevant treatment options and costs, including the advantages and disadvantages where relevant. This is an important part of our informed consent process. We actively work with our patients to help them find a way to have dentistry fit in with their budget and life. Patients may choose to opt for one of our interest-free payment plans to have their broken tooth sorted out immediately, while having the flexibility to pay at a later date on their own terms. Payment plans can help alleviate the financial barriers to a healthy mouth. We want to make sure you feel untroubled and completely comfortable with the next steps throughout your entire journey. Book an appointment today.

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Why choose Studio Smiles?

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Visiting the dentist can be costly. That’s why we’ve come up with our ‘Smile Now, Pay Later’ solution. With interest-free payment plans, you’ll be able to pay on your own terms.

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With over 40 years combined experience, we know what it takes to achieve the smile of your dreams. We’ve thought about every detail so you can feel completely confident.


We’re on a mission to show you that visiting the dentist doesn’t have to be unpleasant. Our team focuses solely on you and any concerns you have for an enjoyable and painless experience.

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