When should I first book my child in for a check-up?
The best time to bring children in for their first dental care appointment is by their first birthday and regular appointments should start from between two and four years. Early and consistent visits to your child’s dentist will set them up for a lifetime of good dental habits.
How flexible are your appointments? Do you provide any services out of business hours?
Somerset Dental are very flexible when it comes to our appointments. We provide services and care on Saturdays and in emergency situations as well as extended hours until 5:30pm every weekday. Call Somerset Dental on 1300 707 046 to see how we can work with you to accommodate your busy schedule.
What do I do in a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies should be seen by a professional as soon as possible but in the interim, there are a couple of things to remember.
- Toothaches – take painkillers as recommended and avoid eating hot or cold foods
- Sore gums – gargle and swish salt water to prevent any infections until you can see a dentist
- Lost filling or crown – keep the crown or filling and use painkillers as recommended to manage any discomfort
It is important to see a dentist quickly in an emergency. If you are unsure whether you are experiencing a dental emergency, call Somerset Dental on 1300 707 046.
How often should I schedule a check-up?
To maintain optimum dental health, it is recommended that a check-up be scheduled at least every 6 months. For more complicated and intensive treatment requirements, this frequency needs to be increased. Your Somerset Dental professional will happily advise you on what is recommended for your oral health.
I am really nervous of visiting the dentist. How can minimise this anxiety?
At Somerset Dental, we understand that some people are very apprehensive about visiting the dentist. We work with our patients in order to provide the most comfortable, supportive and pleasant experience possible. In order to do so, we employ both behavioural and pharmacological methods to help our anxious clients have a positive dental visit.
The most important things you can do when you have a fear of dental visits are to commit to your oral health appointments and communicate your nervousness to the supportive staff at Somerset. Together we can devise a plan and strategy to alleviate your anxieties.
How can I find out if my child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme?
The CDBS is a government initiative offered to eligible children aged 2 to 17 years old. This scheme covers the cost of selected basic dental services up to the value of $1000 per child each calendar year. To find out if your child meets the eligibility criteria for the CDBS, check out the Human Services website for more information. Visit our website for a list of the services available under the CDBS.
Do I need to have private health insurance to visit Somerset Dental?
It is not necessary to be a member of private health fund in order to access the services at Somerset Dental. We provide exceptional services and care, at affordable prices making excellent dental health more achievable.
Does Somerset Dental provide treatments that are specific to my age?
Somerset Dental provide services that are tailored to each individual, and this takes into account age. We comprehensively treat our clients from their very first visit to well into elderly age. Our services are specifically designed to care for every stage of life, ensuring the best dental health possible as we age.