Understanding Dental Anxiety: Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dentist

  • General Dentistry  •   Jan 2024

Understanding Dental Anxiety: Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dentist

Dental anxiety is a common issue that affects many individuals, causing stress and apprehension about visiting the dentist. At Starbright Dental, we recognise the importance of addressing this fear to ensure our patients have a comfortable and stress-free dental experience.

Identifying the Root Cause

Understanding the cause of your dental anxiety is the first step towards managing it. Common reasons include past traumatic experiences, fear of pain, or the feeling of loss of control. Recognising these triggers allows you and your dentist to work together in creating a more positive experience.

Communication is Key

Open communication with your dental team is crucial. Don’t hesitate to express your concerns and fears. At Starbright Dental, we encourage our patients to discuss their anxiety, allowing us to tailor our approach to suit their individual needs.

Familiarisation Visits

Consider scheduling a visit to the dental clinic just to familiarise yourself with the environment and meet the dental team. This can help alleviate some anxiety by making the clinic feel more familiar and less intimidating. We pride ourselves on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Relaxation Techniques

Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation before and during your appointment can significantly reduce anxiety levels. These methods help in calming the mind and body, making the dental experience more bearable.

Happy Gas Sedation

For those who find it particularly challenging to overcome their dental anxiety, Starbright Dental offers happy gas sedation. This safe and effective method involves breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which helps to calm nerves and induce a state of relaxation, while still allowing you to remain conscious and aware​​. Happy gas sedation can reduce anxiety and stress, making dental procedures feel less daunting​​.

Preparing for Sedation

If you opt for happy gas sedation, our dental professionals will guide you on how to prepare for the procedure, including dietary guidelines and arranging transportation post-appointment, as the sedation can impair your ability to drive​​.

Affordable Care

The cost of happy gas sedation at Starbright Dental is determined based on the length of the procedure and your individual needs​​. We ensure that our patients are fully informed about the costs involved, making it easier to decide if happy gas sedation is the right choice for them.


Overcoming dental anxiety is a journey, and at Starbright Dental, we are here to support you every step of the way. Remember, avoiding dental visits due to anxiety can lead to more significant health issues in the long run.

If you’re interested in learning more about happy gas sedation or wish to book an appointment, visit our online booking system, or call us on 07 5591 3620. Let us help you achieve a stress-free and healthy smile​​.

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