Frequently Asked Questions

How can I overcome fear of going to dentist?

Most common fears can be allayed with a degree of trust which can be established quite quickly after even one visit. Our philosophy is to treat everyone with the utmost care and attention, and to be respectful of their fears and discomfort at all times. We do everything in our power to deliver anaesthesia in a way that ensures patients do not feel pain.


Will my visit to the dentist be a painful experience?

No. With the advent of modern anaesthetics, there is absolutely no reason for a patient to experience pain during a dental visit. Our philosophy is to constantly ask patients about their level of discomfort and to adjust therapies accordingly.

Can you pull a tooth out without it hurting?

Yes. Believe it or not, it is skill not strength that is required to remove a tooth. And it is sympathy not science that ensures you will be pain free.

Will I be able to go back to work after an hour in the dental chair?

Yes. At Clifden Dental we provide in-house medication to cover the period where the local anaesthetic is wearing off and advise on taking regular analgesics for the rest of the day. We make every effort to ensure our patients are pain free.

Tooth Whitening

Is tooth whitening bad for our teeth?

At Clifden Dental, we use a well researched product which has been recommended by the American Dental Association. It involves putting a colourless, odourless gel in a small sports guard type custom made appliance.

This is worn at night, every night for up to three weeks. It may seem tiresome at the time but this delivers a beautiful result.

Is tooth whitening permanent?

Yes. It’s not like hair colour that you have to top up. Once it’s done, it’s done. However, you will have to have your teeth cleaned regularly in order to prevent the usual build-up of everyday staining due to tea, coffee etc, but you will always be at least two shades whiter.

Gum Disease

What is gum disease?

Gum disease describes a range of conditions that affect the supporting tissues for the teeth. This can result in bleeding and sore gums, bad breath and discoloured teeth. The end result is tooth loss unless preventative action is taken. If you look after your gums, you will hold onto your teeth into your old age. Regular professional cleaning and daily fltossing prevents gum disease.

Can gum disease be treated successfully?

Yes. In the vast majority of cases. The fear of facing the problem now will often prevent patients from making an appointment but every dental problem gets more painful, more complicated and more expensive the longer you wait.


Our specialist colleagues (Orthodontists) will place braces for up to two years. During this time, we take great care to help our patients manage the challenges of keeping the braces and teeth clean, and preventing unnecessary tooth decay.

Dental Emergency

What should I do in a dental emergency?

Toothache – Very persistent toothache is always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.  Meanwhile painkillers such as panadol or ibuprofen will help to keep the pain at bay.


What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a removable, soft and flexible shield which is usually placed over the upper teeth. It is made of a strong material to withstand the rigors of contact sports. They can be custom made for my patients at a fraction of the cost that replacing a lost tooth would entail.