Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Clinic closure

Our Birkenhead (Le Fevre) clinic is currently closed. Please phone (08) 8243 5629 during this period.

Relative Analgesia (RA) - ‘Happy Gas’

child in dental chair

Relative Analgesia (RA)

Relative Analgesia (RA) is recommended when children are anxious or have special needs and find it difficult to cope with treatment in the dental chair.

RA works by the child breathing the gas in and out through a mask resting over their nose which produces a calming and relaxing effect.

Most children become less aware of the dental surroundings and may fall asleep because they are so relaxed.

RA is very safe – it works quickly and wears off quickly.

RA may not be suitable for your child if they:

  • Are unable to breathe through their nose.
  • Have blocked or infected sinuses or ears.
  • Are very anxious.

If your child is having treatment under RA, SA Dental staff will talk to you about:

  • Accessing a public or private provider.
  • Any costs involved.
  • How long you will need to wait.