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 intra venously (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 $620 per hour ($880 1/12 hrs or $1140 2 hrs). We also have a facilitation fee of $100 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.