Gold Coast Holistic Dental Care

More than just a dental clinic

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse through our frequently asked questions below for answers to common queries we receive regarding holistic dentistry, fitness testing, float tank therapy, infrared saunas, naturopathy and massage.

Some people think you have to have a certain lifestyle, beliefs and behaviours to visit a holistic dentist but this simply isn’t true! ANYONE can visit our holistic dentist and health practitioners and a customised health plan will be created for you based on a number of factors.

All you need to do is attend your scheduled appointment and we’ll do the rest! If you have more questions please give us a call on 07 5644 6000 and we’d be happy to explain it all to you in depth.

We care about making sure you get the best dental treatment you deserve which is why we offer different payment plan options – Zip Pay, Zip Money and Aftercare.

Read more about our payment plan options online or contact us to ask one of our friendly team members about payment plans today.

Yes, we do offer full-holistic-treatment packages that incorporate all our services including dental care, integrative health assessment, float tank, infrared sauna and shiatsu.

The most common time all these services are used for one patient is during the amalgam removal process including a full detoxification of the body. However, packages are available to anyone and can be tailored exactly to your needs.

Call 07 5644 6000 to book an appointment with our integrative health practitioner to discuss your options.


Holistic Dentistry is an approach to dentistry that considers not just your dental health, but also your physical and emotional health. It recognises that your oral health greatly impacts your general health, and vice versa. It looks at treating the five main causes of ill health, which are toxins, infections, allergens, poor diet and stress. With a holistic dental approach, we use the most biocompatible materials available to minimise any adverse impact on the body. Learn more on our Holistic Dentistry page.


We are still a fully operational dental clinic offering all your standard procedures. Our passion is to ensure our patients leave our clinic feeling happy and satisfied with their treatments and we are committed to making you look and feel your best.

We take the removal of amalgam fillings very seriously. Prior to the removal we provide a personalised amalgam removal and detoxification program custom designed to your health requirements. This involves preparing the body for the detoxification process with treatments like hair analysis and mercury speciation tests, diet modifications and colonic irrigation or enemas.The removal protocols involve techniques used to minimise any mercury exposure as the fillings are being removed. This includes the use of a rubber dam, separate oxygen supply to both patient and dental staff, high volume suction, separate high volume extraction filtration system and high speed specialised dental burs that remove amalgam with the least possible mercury release.


Holistic dentistry is comparable to a visit to your regular dentist. However, some visits may be more expensive as our Holistic Dentist and Integrative Health Practitioner will want to spend more time with you to better understand your health situation and history and develop the best plan for your needs.

Some treatment plans may require additional costs for nutritional supplements, extensive tests and specialised equipment to ensure the safest, most effective healing.

No matter what, your treatment options and costs will be presented to you upfront so you can make an informed decision about your health. We will take your situation and budgetary needs into account to provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan you are truly happy with.

Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid (elemental) mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. Dental amalgam fillings are also known as “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance. Despite the name, “silver fillings” do contain elemental mercury.

Yes. However, a removal of silver amalgam fillings without safety measures can potentially result in a mercury exposure of everyone in the dental room that exceeds the safety limit. At Gold Coast Holistic Dental Care we follow all safety measures to provide a safe removal of amalgam fillings.

Amalgam fillings are usually removed in quadrants, which means we remove all the amalgams in a quarter of the mouth at a time. The following link discusses the safe amalgam removal procedures that we follow for every amalgam removal:

The actual removal of the amalgam filling is similar to having a regular filling or cavity treated (along with all the safety protocols). Local anaesthesia is used to anaesthetize the teeth so no pain is involved.

Removing an amalgam filling and replacing it with a safer material is comparable in price to a regular filling. A small increase in fee is to allow for the cost of the safety protocols we need to follow to protect you and the dental team from mercury exposure.

Most quadrant appointments are around 60-90 minutes in duration.

Mercury is a chemical element with symbol Hg and atomic number 80. It is commonly known as quicksilver. It is a heavy metal similar to Cadmium and Lead. Mercury is the only metallic element that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure. Mercury is HIGHLY toxic.

Mercury enters the human body via three main sources. Amalgam fillings, seafood, and some vaccinations.

Amalgam fillings release mercury vapour which enters the lungs whereby 80% is absorbed into the blood stream. This occurs with every breath. Elemental mercury from amalgam fillings also passes down the throat into the stomach every time you swallow and some is converted to methylmercury which is then absorbed.

Seafood consumption is another source of mercury exposure. 95% of the mercury in seafood is methylmercury whereof 95% is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Many vaccinations contain mercury in the form of ethylmercury used as a preservative. 100% is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Elemental and methylmercury are toxic to the central and peripheral nervous systems. The inhalation of mercury vapour can produce harmful effects on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems, lungs and kidneys – and may be fatal. The inorganic salts of mercury are corrosive to the skin, eyes and gastrointestinal tract. They may induce kidney toxicity if ingested.

Neurological and behavioural disorders are possibly to be observed after inhalation, ingestion or dermal exposure of different mercury compounds. Symptoms include tremors, insomnia, memory loss, neuromuscular effects, headaches, and cognitive as well as motor dysfunction. Mild, subclinical signs of central nervous system toxicity can be seen in workers exposed to an elemental mercury level in the air of 20 μg/m3 or more for several years. Kidney effects have been reported, ranging from increased protein in the urine to kidney failure.

Avoiding having anymore amalgam fillings, and safely removing existing ones is one way to reduce mercury exposure. In addition, limiting or eliminating seafood consumption as well as avoiding vaccinations containing mercury.

Mercury can not only be present in food and beverages such as tuna (canned or fresh), lobster, salt water fish, carrots and lettuce (unless organic), grains, and seaweeds but also in cosmetics (hair dyes, mascara, skin lightening creams), medications (Preparation H, contact lens solutions, recycled toilet paper, body powders) or even in latex and solvent thinned paints, fabric softener, floor waxes, air conditioner filters, and tattoos. To avoid the consumption of mercury exposed products, read the labels to ensure that no ingredient has the letters MER in the name.

Unfortunately, we don’t recommend having an infrared sauna while you are pregnant. Minimising the movement of toxins through the body when you are pregnant is highly important to your developing baby.

The main difference between a traditional sauna and an infrared sauna is the heat involved while inside the unit. Traditional dry saunas use steam with temperatures as high as 100 degrees Celcius, which can overwhelm those who are more sensitive to the heat. Infrared saunas use a much milder temperature environment of between 65 and 70 degrees Celcius due to the fact that infrared energy is used instead of steam. However, because the heat of infrared saunas penetrates much deeper into the body, they are able to cause a more vigorous sweat at lower temperature.

Before a sauna you should ideally not have eaten for an hour or so, try not to have coffee close to a sauna as it dehydrates you. We recommend drinking a glass of water prior to entering the sauna to avoid dehydration.

After the sauna we recommend a shower immediately to wash off any toxins on the skin and we recommend not using soap or body lotion in the shower so as not to absorb them through your skin as your pores will be open larger than usual.

Floating is an effective new healing therapy with dramatic health effects. Floatation involves floating weightless in a very dense concentration of Epsom salts and water. The water temperature sits at 34.5 degrees Celsius, which is the same temperature as relaxed skin, allowing the nerve endings to no longer perceive any sense of separation between the skin and the solution surrounding it as you would in an ordinary pool.

The beneficial mental and physical effect of weightlessness combined with minimal external stimuli elicits the parasympathetic response of the body (also known as the relaxation response), it is the body’s natural mechanism for healing and regeneration. Within a few minutes of floating a person can reach a depth of relaxation that takes many years to achieve by classical meditation techniques.

We recommend between 3-5 float sessions to achieve the best results as the sensation can take a few tries for your body to get used to.

Yes, absolutely. Floating relieves the body from the weight of pregnancy and takes stress off the body and spine. It also promotes sleep and relaxation which are both extremely important during pregnancy.

We are not magicians; gravity DOES exist it just feels as if it doesn’t, hence the term floating. The solution that you float in is a very dense concentration of Epsom salts or magnesium sulphate. This salty solution is more dense than your body weight and is set to the natural resting temperature of this skin. So after a short period of acclamation in the tank, the distinction between where your body meets the water should disappear further leading you to the feeling that you are weightless. Moreover, due to being able to float on top of the water your muscles, joints and bones are able to relax (floating in normal water requires muscle and limb control).

We don’t like words like “cheap” or “expensive” as it insinuates that dollar amount equates to value. All our services, including the float tank, offer amazing benefits to our guests and have far more value than just monetary.

We believe our prices are very fair and quite affordable as we want to encourage as many people as possible to try these incredible treatments.

Our patients have the option of completely shutting out external stimuli such as light, sounds and changes in temperature. This is called REST, or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique. It is also commonly known as sensory deprivation.

Sensory deprivation occurs as the inside of the tank does not reflect light, is soundproof and is set at a constant temperature thus eliminating variations in these senses as you would in everyday life. The idea is to allow the brain to relax by minimising the use of your five senses.

Of course, patients may also leave the float tank hatch open if they are uncomfortable, but this may reduce the amount of relaxation you can achieve.

The inside of our float tank is very similar to that of a small car with nothing in it. You will be able to lie down comfortably and not feel cramped.

If you are worried about claustrophobia, consider how you felt in a small car with seats, arm rests, gear stick, etc. Were you okay? Then imagine how you would feel inside that car but only its shell. If you are comfortable in that situation, then you will most likely be fine, although we cannot guarantee this and would encourage you to come in and view the tank first if you are truly concerned.

Most guests who experience claustrophobia are often pleasantly surprised by the amount of space within the tank. We often find that this fear stems from the idea that you WON’T be in control of the situation within the tank. But this simply isn’t true. You are in control of everything at each step of the way.

You are allowed to go in and out of the tank as you please and we encourage sceptical clients to familiarise themselves with the hatch door and the feeling of being inside the tank when it is pitch black. There is also an interior light which you can turn on or off to make yourself more comfortable. There is no right or wrong way, it is whatever feels best for you.

Moreover, guests have the option of leaving the hatch door open so as not to “enclose” the space. You can leave it entirely open, partially open or close it at your discretion. The tank is also NOT airtight so you will have plenty of air to breathe. In fact, there is an air circulation system fitted inside the tank to filter air from outside in order to keep it fresh. For additional air circulation you can leave the tank door ajar.

You also have control over the in-tank sound system to listen to relaxing music we provide or you can bring your own music device.

There is also a panic button within the tank that when pressed sends an emergency alert to our staff who will be at your side in seconds.

More than anything though, the BEST feature is that you can control all these aspects and if you are particularly uncomfortable you can get out at any time.

If all this makes sense but you are certain you’re uncomfortable in small places, then we recommend that floating may not be for you.

The water in the tank is less than 30cm deep and you can’t sink when you lie down irrespective of your size, weight or fitness level meaning your head should never be completely submerged.

You will be able to float effortlessly in the tank due to the intense concentration of Epsom salts. The water level can’t envelop you meaning your head will not be under water.

It is definitely safe to sleep in the tank. You may ask, “what if I roll over and am face down?” but since there is no pressure in any one spot of your body you will not feel the need to turn over as you would on a mattress as one side of your body becomes uncomfortable. Rolling over is also quite hard and should feel unnatural. On the very off chance that you may roll over while sleeping in the tank, the salt water will wake you up as it touches your mouth, eyes and sinuses.

The water is set to a comfortable 34.5°C or the resting temperature of skin.

Epsom salt, or a compound called magnesium sulphate, takes its name from a saline spring in Epsom, England. It is actually not a salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound which is well known for its health and healing properties.

Epsom salts are easily absorbed through the skin which promotes the further absorption of nutrients, helps reduce inflammation, soothes muscle and nerve function, eases muscle cramps, and flushes toxins.

Don’t worry, Epson Salts are completely safe and should wash out normally. For clothes, a normal wash should suffice.

If you hair is feeling salty, first wash it using hot water, then shampoo and condition as normal. If this doesn’t work completely, give your hair a quick rinse with White Vinegar as this will break down the salt before you shampoo and condition. Be careful doing this on coloured hair.

The main mental benefits of floating are:

  • Stimulates left/right brain synchronisation
  • Shifts brain waves from beta to lower frequency alpha, theta and even delta
  • Creates mental clarity
  • Increases creativity & problem solving
  • Heightens visualisation
  • Deepens meditations
  • Expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all senses
  • Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis

Although there are many benefits of floating, each patient may experience them differently. Some people experience all of these below, some none at all.

The main health benefits are:

  • Stimulates the true relaxation state of the body and promotes total calm,
  • Eliminates fatigue and jet lag,
  • Improves sleep,
  • Alleviates stress,
  • Energises, rejuvenates and revitalises,
  • Increases motivation,
  • Diminshes depression, anxiety and fear,
  • Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions.

There are also a number of significant physical benefits to gain from floating. While these vary from person to person, the main ones are as follows:

  • Decreases the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline
  • Increases production of endorphins
  • Speeds up rehabilitation and recovery
  • Relieves pain from arthritis, migraines, injuries etc.
  • Boosts immune function
  • Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients
  • Reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Speeds healing process

Although our tanks are installed with highly advanced cleansing and filtration systems, we do have some safety and hygiene requirements you must follow before getting in the tank. Ensure you read these carefully before coming in to ensure you, and everyone after you, gets the most out of their float.

  • No shaving or waxing 24 hours before your session (due to the Epsom salt in the water this may burn)
  • Use a resin spray on any open cuts or scratches. Paw Paw cream will also seal them.
  • Remove contact lenses (we recommend this as the salt water can damage your lenses).
  • Avoid caffeine a few hours before your float – it will affect your ability to relax.
  • Eat a light meal at least 2 hours before your float so you aren’t distracted with hunger.
  • Taking drugs or alcohol before floating is not advised – we reserve the right to refuse service if we feel this rule has been ignored. This is purely for your safety.
  • Please wait 2 weeks after dying hair or 1 week after spray tanning as these chemicals can come out in the tank water, plus you might look a bit funny afterwards!
  • Shower thoroughly before and after floating. Please be considerate of future guests. There is a shower in the float room and we provide lovely organic shampoo, soap and towels for your convenience.
  • Do not float if you are menstruating; we will ask you on the day of your appointment as a reminder. If you start menstruating before your appointment please let us know. It is our pleasure to reschedule your appointment!

Well, the answer to this question depends on what you are trying to achieve by floating.

There have mean many studies and research indicating that floatation therapy can significantly reduce blood pressure, increase subjective relaxation and improve a patient’s quality of life. However, results depend on many factors and may vary for each patient.

One thing that is important to remember is that floating will be more beneficial if a patient engages in more than one session over a period of time. Results from a study in the International Journal of Stress Management indicated that stress, depression and anxiety decreased, pain areas were minimised while sleep quality and optimism increased in patients who participated in float therapy after more than three sessions.

Absolutely anyone! There is no perfect person or perfect time to float.

After you exit the tank after your session you will need to shower again thoroughly. You are then provided with a robe and towels for you to wear while you unwind and familiarise yourself with reality.

Some people can be very relaxed and quite disoriented after their float, so we have created a custom relaxation room for guests to gather their thoughts, reflect, wake up and become acclimatised with reality again. We encourage everyone to spend at least 5 minutes in the room even if you are wide awake.

Water is provided for you to rehydrate, before you say goodbye to us and hello to a deeply relaxed new you!

For the best experience and most relaxing atmosphere we recommend entering the tank naked (after showering thoroughly beforehand). However, some people may feel uncomfortable being completely naked in an unfamiliar space. In this case you are permitted to wear bathing suits and board shorts.

We do strongly suggest embracing nudity as it not only gives you more space but also allows your body to adjust easier to the solution and temperature of the tank.

Moreover, Epsom salts can wear away at the colour and elasticity of your clothing and we can take no responsibility for this.

We offer two methods of alerting you to the end of your session. The first option is for the staff to slowly raise the level of the music in the tank until it is loud enough to break your slumber. This method is recommended for experienced floaters. Alternatively, one of our staff members will come into the room (with your permission prior) and gently knock on the hatch door to wake you up. This may startle you a little, but is recommended for new floaters. Your privacy is of our utmost concern, however if you do not wake up after our first three attempts we may be forced to open the hatch to wake you up.

That’s great! Falling asleep is exactly what we want you to do. The deepest state of relaxation and sleep coincides with the theta brainwaves. And best of all, you cannot drown!

There is an internal light in the tank that you can switch on or off. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy floating, nor is there any judgement. No-one will know or care if you have the light on or off as long as you are comfortable!

The optimal duration of a float session is 45-60 minutes.

If you have truly serious claustrophobia then floating might not be recommended. However, the inside of our float tank is actually the size of a small car. If you are comfortable spending time in a small car then good news!

The most important thing to remember is that the entire experience is under YOUR control. You may exit and enter as you wish, you may leave the hatch open, the light on and the music on or any combination of these to make you more comfortable.

Speak to our integrative health practitioner for more information about how floating can help you!

Give us a call or pop by at any time. There is a lot to go over and discuss with you regarding floating as the experience is different for everyone.

If you simply can’t wait to find out more, there are plenty of valuable resources online about the benefits of floating. Please just remember that everyone has a different experience and to keep an open, unbiased opinion before coming in to try it.

Chiropractic can help to alleviate pain, restore spinal biomechanics, correct dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system, encourage normal joint motion, and reduce muscle spasm to prevent injury.

The chiropractic approach to healthcare is to locate problems within the muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments. A chiropractor then performs a specific treatment for your particular condition. A loss of normal motion or position of the spinal column can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. Chiropractors aim to improve nervous system function primarily through chiropractic adjustments (with particular attention to the spine, skull and pelvis), to help remove any interference that may be impairing normal health.

Chiropractors are primary contact health care professionals, therefore you do not require a General Practitioner referral to visit a chiropractor. A large portion of our patients, however, are referred to our clinic from a wide range of health professionals including massage therapists, bowen therapists, naturopaths, midwives and medical doctors.

Your first visit to the clinic will include discussing the nature and history of your condition, after which a thorough chiropractic, neurological and orthopaedic examination will be performed. In most cases, treatment will commence on your first visit, however if your condition is more complex, x-rays or special tests may also be required.

The sound often heard during a chiropractic adjustment is called a cavitation. The sound is caused by a release of gas from the joint fluid, known as ‘synovial fluid,’ occurring when the joint is adjusted (much like the noise that comes from gas as you open a fizzy drink). Some patients consider an audible pop necessary for their treatment to be successful, while others prefer their adjustments to be performed without any audible cavitation.

A chiropractic adjustment is a manual therapy technique, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to allow improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health. After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Chiropractic adjustments are usually pain-free, in fact many people find having a chiropractic adjustment relaxing. Your level of comfort will depend on your injury, the amount of inflammation and the level of tension in the affected area. Most patients experience immediate relief after experiencing a chiropractic adjustment, while others notice mild tenderness and/or tension as their body’s alignment and mobility are restored.

A chiropractic adjustment is a highly specific force, delivered in a precise direction, to a specific spinal joint, therefore it is impossible to adjust oneself. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “cracking” sound, just like the sound that may accompany a chiropractic adjustment. This type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive and detrimental to the spine, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more lax and unsteady. The best way to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care is to receive adjustments from a Chiropractor.

Chiropractic care has been deemed “remarkably safe” by a number of research studies and government inquiries, with an excellent safety record. In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs. Research also shows that Chiropractic care is more effective, more economical and gives longer lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of health care.

Research Articles:

  • Dabbs,V., & Lauretti,W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18(8), 530-536.
  • Meade TW, Dyer S, Browne W, Townsend J, Frank AO. (1990) Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin: Randomised Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment. The British Medical Journal 300: 1431-7.

Some media reports have associated chiropractic adjustments of the neck with a certain rare kind of stroke, known as a vertebral artery dissection, however best evidence suggests that this association is incorrect. These rare strokes have been associated with everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or visiting the hairdresser and occur spontaneously in patients who have pre-existing arterial disease. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek care, often with a chiropractor or General Practitioner but that care is not the cause of the injury.

Chiropractors are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe and ethical care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care, including referral to a medical specialist.

We do everything we can to help relieve your symptoms as fast as possible – with as few treatments as necessary – and also give advice on how to avoid future episodes of pain. Everybody is different and it will vary depending on each persons individual complaint. Some patients find that chiropractic care on a regular basis is best for managing their condition, while others prefer to only visit the chiropractor when they are in pain.

One of the best things about chiropractic care is that it can be extremely versatile. We have a wide range of gentle techniques which are perfect for helping people of all ages improve their mobility, vitality and endurance. Many patients find that gentle mobilisations and soft tissue therapies helps to ease the pain of osteoarthritis and joint replacements.

Children are very physically active and experience frequent falls when learning to walk or to ride a bicycle, and various injuries through participation in sports. Symptoms of back and neck pain can often be alleviated with chiropractic care, which is adapted to be very gentle in the case of children. Regular chiropractic check-ups can also be helpful in identifying any health complaints related the spine or nervous system in children.

Chiropractic techniques that involve gentle mobilisations of the hips and stretching of the low back are effective in reducing pregnancy related pains and correcting pelvic misalignment. Mums undergo a myriad of changes to their body throughout pregnancy, such as weight gain, postural changes, and hormonal adoptions, which all increase stress on the low back. Chiropractors specifically analyse and adjust the sacrum, pelvis, and associated muscles and ligaments allowing for optimal range of movement in the lower back and pelvis, and minimised tension throughout the uterine and pelvic cavities throughout pregnancy. Many expecting mums choose to receive regular chiropractic check-ups and adjustments throughout pregnancy.

Adriana offers a personalized massage to suit each one individual need. The main therapy is Tuina, which is a Chinese based massage and it ranges from medium to firm massage to help the tired muscles to relax, to treat painful areas, and it also work with the body’s flow of energy making it a complete body work.

For the most relaxant therapy, gentle Tuina accompanied by Reiki gives an amazing relaxing experience, often a client will fall asleep during a Reiki session.

It would be desirable to have a massage when you can have the day off, to give your body time to take on all the benefits from the massage. It is recommended to drink extra water after a massage to help your body eliminating the toxins.

The tests are modified to individual needs and can be performed by people of all ages and fitness levels.

Our exercise professional will take some basic measurements during a simple test and use a special patented software program to calculate your scores and then match them to a national database.

Find out more about the fitness testing here.

The initial Fitness examination will take 20 minutes and our fitness professional will provide a further 20 minute consultation.

You will need basic comfortable fitness clothing and closed in footwear, a towel and water.

We will discuss your Fitness Age results and fully explain our recommendations.

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