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Hi! Miranda Sageman from Bespoke Dental. I just completed a procedure for a new patient Sandra from Kingston. Because she had a bad experience with a dentist when she was young, she hasn’t been a dentist since then, and that was over 30 years ago. As a result, the condition of her teeth and her oral health has deteriorated. When she came in, she was so anxious and fearful. But I’m so pleased to share that after 6 months of carefully planned and specifically appointed time, she had her treatment completed, she is now on her path to optimum dental health, and most importantly, she said, Wow Miranda, I wish I found you guys earlier. This was so much better than I expected! Thank you!

This story is actually very common. According to Pubmed, the published medical journey, Almost 20% of the Australian population suffers from dental anxiety. We have had the privilege of giving very anxious patients the confidence and courage to change their outlook about going to the dentist and having dental treatment. So I thought I’d make a short video sharing some of the things that we do that may help others overcome their fear and anxiety.

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We take the time that each patient needs. We can pause, wait, and rest during treatment. We give you control to let us know how you’re going by simply raising your hand if you need us to stop.
We describe what we’re going to do before we do it so that there are no surprises. You have absolute clarity on what will happen in every step during the treatment.
We instruct you to breathe and relax. We are consistent each time you come to Bespoke Dental so that you become familiar with the routine.
We encourage you to use distraction techniques, such as listening to music or audiobooks on your phone. We can also sing to you as a distraction, especially if you are needle phobic.

And finally, if you are extremely anxious, we can give you an oral sedative to take prior to the dental treatment. This will help you relax, allowing you to tolerate the procedure.

I hope this gives you an insight on how we look after our anxious patient. If you haven’t seen a dentist for a long time, and feel now is the time, we would love to look after you. We are extremely gentle and we are confident we can help you allay your fears, to stop the negative cycle. Simply give us a call, complete the form on our website, or direct message us on social media, and our friendly team will be in touch to organise your appointment. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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Always a lovely experience. The team at Bespoke Dental make going to the dentist something to look forward to.

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Always a lovely experience. The team at Bespoke Dental make going to the dentist something to look forward to.

Zoe S.


Dr Miranda Sageman is definitely the best dentist I have seen in Canberra. She is thorough and genuinely cares for her patients. The team at Bespoke Dental are professional and provide excellent service. I would not go anywhere else for dental treatment. Highly recommended!