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The CDBS provides basic dental services to children aged between 2 and 17 years.

Eligibility basics for CDBS

  • aged between 2 and 17 years on any one day of the calendar year
  • getting certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A for at least part of the calendar year
  • eligible for Medicare

For more information about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) click on the link below.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule Government Link

Childhood is one of the most important times for achieving and maintaining oral health. Healthy teeth and gums throughout childhood can lead to long-term health in adulthood. At Gentle Dental Geelong, we are big believers in preventive dentistry, including seeing your children every six months for a check-up to ensure that their oral health is in optimal condition.

So, to ensure your child receives the dental treatment they need when they need it, the federal government has introduced The Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

This is a dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2-17 years, whose family is currently receiving a government payment such as Family Tax Benefit Part A.

It provides up to $1,000 in benefits over two consecutive years and contributes towards the costs of the most commonly required general dental services, including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing and fillings, plus other treatments.

Eligibility commences on 1 January each year and lasts the entire calendar year.

For more comprehensive information and to check your eligibility, schedule an appointment with the team at Gentle Dental Geelong and put your child on the path to a healthy and happy smile for life.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a terrific initiative by the government to ensure each and every child has an opportunity to maintain good oral health. We embrace this initiative and recommend you do too.


Scared or afraid of the dentist?

Are you afraid or scared of visiting the dentist?

For patients who are extremely nervous or phobic of dental treatment we offer IV sedation to help relax them during treatment.

Dental sedation is carried out intravenously (IV) via a cannula, placed in the bend of your arm or on the back of the hand. During IV sedation, you are not unconscious but in a dream-like state of deep calm relaxation. The sedation lasts between 1-2 hours and when you wake you will have no memory of the treatment and you will be fully recovered the following day. IV sedation is a safe, effective and less costly alternative to general anaesthetic.

After IV sedation treatment you will not be able to return to work or drive that day. For treatment to commence an escort must be present, they must take you home after treatment and be with you at all times for the 12 hours following treatment.


Anyone who is fit and healthy can have sedation, however sedation is particularly helpful for patients with a strong fear or phobia of the dentistry, patients who have had a traumatic or negative experience in the past, patients with a strong gag reflex or patients with long and complicated treatment procedures, such as dental implants. We even use IV sedation for children that simply can’t sit still in the chair.


We perform wisdom tooth removal, fillings, crowns or just a clean under sedation.


The cost of sedation at Gentle Dental is $650 per hour ($975 1/12 hrs or $1300 2 hrs). We also have a facilitation fee of $102 as the patient is under the intensive care of the practice for an extended period. These charges are separate to the charges associated with the dental treatment undertaken.


Dr. Peter McAllister carries out the dental sedation.


We understand the difficulty of nervous patients even phoning a dental practice. If you are feeling anxious or worried please let us know, we treat all our patients with care, compassion and respect. Let us help you receive dental treatment in a pleasant and relaxed environment here at Gentle Dental in Geelong.


Dentist Near Me

What is the closest dentist near me? Well, if you have landed here, it must be Gentle Dental Geelong.


The facilities at Gentle Dental Geelong are not your average dental facilities. We pride ourselves on the presentation of our clinic and welcome new patients to our family.

There is ample 2hr parking along Pakington St and our reception area is roomy and relaxing.


Dr Tania Nixon is the Principle Dentist here at Gentle Dental Geelong and she provides a professional and caring service to our patients. If you are anxious about seeing the dentist, then we can put these fears to rest, literally. We offer IV sedation or sleep dentistry to allow patients to drift off as they receive their treatment. Your dental health is important to us, so if you are putting off coming to the dentist as a result of anxiety or pain tolerance, it is time you had a consultation with Dr Tania Nixon.

Gentle Dental Geelong is also super kid friendly, Dr Darren Schmidtke caters for children and their dental needs, ensuring they feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment. Our upstairs rooms have been specifically decorated in a fun fashion.


We are also BUPA preferred and a HCF member. Do you know about the Child Dental Benefit Schedule?


 Ready for an appointment?


Call Gentle Dental to make an appointment with Dr Tania Nixon or Dr Darren Schmidtke and get your oral health back on track.


Call GENTLE DENTAL in Geelong on 03 522 22 477 to discuss your needs.