Why Us?

We Care About Your Health

As the gentlest dentists in Wellington, our goal is to provide a high standard of care in a relaxed and friendly environment with a gentle touch!



At the Gentle Dental Centre, we take cross infection control very seriously.



We utilise some of the most advanced state of the art technology available in dentistry.


Gentle Team

Gentle Dental also offers white ceramic braces, making them even less conspicuous.

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What makes us special

Why Choose Gentle Dental?

As one of the gentlest dentists in Wellington, our goal is to provide a high standard of care in a relaxed and friendly environment with a gentle touch! Our patients are our top priority, and we do all we can to make each visit a positive experience. We’ve been The Gentle Dental Centre since 1992, formed from an original practice that dates back to the 1930s. We have two central Wellington locations, one on Ghuznee Street and one on Lambton Quay. Our dental branches have eight highly trained New Zealand dentists and four university-trained hygienists. Together they look after you and your teeth with some of the latest technology available. 

We are one of Wellington’s largest privately-owned dental practices and are owned by local Wellingtonians (Mike and Sam) rather than corporates which some of the other bigger practices have sold to.

Together, our technology, expertise and gentle approach enable us to produce top quality results in all aspects of dentistry. Take a look at the dental services we offer. Meet the friendly team of Gentle Dentists.

Cutting Edge


To achieve predictable, long-lasting results and to make the whole dental experience at the GDC a lot more comfortable for our patients, we utilise some of the most advanced state of the art technology available in dentistry. These include: 

  • Digital xrays/OPG- meaning less radiation and instant results.
  • Cerec– one visit crown 
  • Soft Tissue Lasers
  • Cone beam 3D Imaging 
  •  Rotary endodontics – High-quality nickel titanium rotary files and apex locator for root canal treatment. 
  •  Caries (decay) detecting cameras.
  •  Intra-oral cameras – see what is going on inside your mouth on the chair mounted monitor.
  •  IV sedation- Nervous? – be instantly put at ease with intravenous sedation to make you feel fully relaxed while having treatment done.
  •  Watch movies or listen to music of your choice while in the dental chair.
Sirona Orthophos SL

3D Imaging Technology

Ghuznee Dental Clinic
3D xray conebeam CT-scan
Safety First

At the Gentle Dental Centre, we take cross Infection control very seriously. To ensure the safety of both our patients and staff, the team at GDC strictly adhere to and exceed the standards set by the New Zealand Dental Association and the New Zealand Dental Council.

Every instrument in the practice is sterilised in one of our two autoclaves, both of which undergo a range of daily tests such as “Helix testing, B&D testing, class B steam and pressure tests” to ensure fully functioning and faultless autoclaves and sterilisation equipment.

All test results are then recorded.

We adopt universally safe techniques and specialist products to prepare our surgeries before and after all of our patients. We use disposable wipes, before, during and after each patient ensuring each surface is clean.

Thorough training is given to all team members at GDC, all aspects of decontamination and infection control are covered in a refresher course on a yearly basis to keep our team up to speed on all the latest technology and techniques and current protocols are discussed during our regular in practice meetings.

First Class
Sterilisation Room
  • Industry Leading Infection Control Processes
  • COVID Safe
  • Daily Compliance Testing
  • Instrument Tracking 
  • Highly Trained Sterilisation staff
  • Advanced Class B Sterilisers 
Ghuznee Dental Clinic
our history

27 years of success

Gentle Dental Centre was est 1992 at Dixon st
having moved locations from an established practice in Elizabeth at dating back to 1930s

Sam joins team as associate Dentist


Mike joins team as associate Dentist


One of the first practice in Wellington to offer same day Cerec Crowns. Invested in Redcam Cerec


Mike and Sam buy into practice


Our second site at Lambton quay established


Hygienists incorporated into the practice for the first time


Omnicam Cerec purchase


Mike & Sam buy out original partner Adam and become the sole two owners/ partner/ principal dentists


Gentle Braces established. Offering specialist orthodontist treatment


First practice in Wellington to have latest Cerec & Digital Scanning System


Cone Beam 3D X-Rays purchased


Moved and expanded Dixon Street to Ghuznee. Custom built, state of the art practice, with Gentle Braces incorporated all under one roof.


Opened their third dental clinic based on Royal Street right in the heart of Upper Hutt.


Our Practitioners

Team of Professionals

Mike tonkes

Dr Mike Tonkes BDS (Otago)

Principal Dentist & Owner
Dr Sam Moeung BDS (Otago)

Dr Sam Moeung BDS (Otago)

Principal Dentist & Owner

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