Sleep Dentistry

Dental Sedation by Specialist Anaesthetists… the Difference in Safety

Goldfields Family Dental understands that dental visits can be overwhelming and can cause high levels of anxiety for some patients. Often this level of anxiety can discourage patients from visiting the dentist and thereby preventing them from obtaining treatment often required to improve their oral health.

IV Sleep dentistry at Goldfields Family Dental is run by specialist anaesthetists who administer the anaesthetic and provide specialist medical supervision. Our anaesthetists have extensive experience in various anaesthetic techniques and IV Sedation, assisting in a broad range of adult and paediatric dentistry treatments. Their additional experience in Intensive Care and airway management underlines the level of expertise and safety that can be expected at the clinic.

For more information on IV Sedation treatment offered at our clinic, book an appointment today.

General anaesthetic procedures are carried out at Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital using the latest in specialised dental equipment and materials. Patients are required to visit Goldfields Family Dental for a consultation (including a dental examination and diagnostic x-rays). Arrangements are then made with the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital where their dental treatment will be provided by an accredited dentist from Goldfields Family Dental. Most dental patients are admitted as day only patients and ordinarily discharged within 2 hours of their procedure. Contact GFD to book your consultation today.

Penthrox or “the green whistle”, is an inhaling device that provides immediate relief from pain and anxiety during treatment. It helps relax muscles like the tongue so is great for use in patients who are gaggers.

Oral sedation is ideal for people who want moderate sedation. We administer the oral sedatives one hour before the dental procedure in pill form. For oral sedation an escort to and from the procedure is required.

Can I Have Sedation at The Dentist?

The answer is yes, you can have various forms of sedation at the dentist. However, not all dental practices are able to offer sleep dentistry which is the deepest form of conscious sedation available. This type of sedation is administered through an I/V line that goes directly into your bloodstream, and most people who receive this type of treatment will fall asleep during the procedure and have little or no memory of the treatment they have undergone when they wake up. Read More

At Goldfields Family Dental, we have specialist anaesthetists who administer this sedation and will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels throughout your procedure. Our anaesthetists are highly trained and experienced and can adjust your dosage at any point and use reversal medications if necessary. They are trained in a broad range of adult and paediatric dental treatments and sedation dentistry techniques.

The idea of going to the dentist can cause extreme stress and anxiety in some people and can often discourage people from visiting the dentist for treatment. Being able to go to sleep during dental treatment encourages those to seek the necessary treatment they may otherwise have avoided.

I Don’t Want to Sleep During My Dental Treatment

The level of sedation your dentist can offer will vary depending on your requirements. Whilst I/V sedation is the deepest level of sedation, you can also have oral sedation. At Goldfields Family Dental our experienced dentists administer your oral sedation, one hour before your dental procedure. You will feel quite groggy and may even fall asleep, but you will still be able to communicate if necessary and can be easily woken with a nudge. For this type of sleep dentistry, you will be required to have an escort to help you go to and from the clinic.

We also have an inhalation device that will provide immediate relief from pain and anxiety should you need it during your treatment.

Does Sleep Dentistry Include General Anaesthetic?

Should you need a lengthy procedure that requires a general anaesthetic this can be arranged during your consultation at Goldfields Family Dental. General anaesthetic procedures are performed at Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital where they have the latest specialized dental equipment and materials, and dental treatment will be provided by one of our own accredited dentists. This is usually a day-only procedure with most patients being discharged within 2 hours of treatment.

Whatever level of dentist sedation you require, our experienced and competent staff can give you all the advice you need on what to expect during your procedure and any aftercare that is required. Not all dental practices have the facilities or expertise to offer sleep dentistry at their clinics, but our modern facility is a state-of-the-art dental practice, and our highly trained and qualified staff are all experts in their field, offering you the best dental treatment available, including after-hour dental emergency service, if required. We are open 7 days a week so call us today to find out how we can help you with all your dental needs. Read Less

Dr Arthur Stephenson

Intensive Care & Emergency Medicine Specialist

Dr Arthur Stephenson was born in South Africa where he did his basic medical training at The University of Cape Town, before moving to Australia to specialise.
He was the first specialist in Australia to complete the final exams in both Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine at the same time.

He has worked extensively overseas including South Africa, UK and New Zealand.
Arthur has worked as a specialist in Australia for over 10 years. He has extensive experience working in tertiary care hospitals.
In his role as an Intensive Care Specialist he is responsible for managing the treatment of critically unwell patients.
His work in Emergency Medicine enables him to remain calm under pressure and respond appropriately to all emergencies.

Arthur has devoted a considerable amount of time to regional areas in Australia. His expertise from both medical specialties has made a considerable impact on health care delivered to these regions.

Arthur is heavily involved in education of specialist trainees and is responsible for setting up and running the WA Intensive Care Part 1 trainee course.

Arthur is married with 2 young children.
When not working or spending time with his family, Arthur is a keen kitesurfer and enjoys a round of golf.

Arthur prides himself on being a caring, personable doctor with extensive experience who has an organised and efficient approach to medicine.

Professor Luke Torre

Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Specialist

Professor Luke Torre is a Western Australian born and trained medical specialist in the fields of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Western Australia with honors in 1999 and has provided over 20 years of medical service, working locally, interstate and overseas during his career.

He gained a Specialist qualification in Anaesthesia in 2008 from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, winning the prize for the highest score in the Primary Examination.

He then went on to do further Specialist training in Intensive Care, graduating in 2009 as a Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine.

Luke has provided the very highest level of service in these two fields for over 10 years. He has a wealth of clinical experience and has managed some of the most challenging and critically ill patients in the state of Western Australia, saving countless lives during that time in his role as Intensive Care Specialist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Anaesthetist at Joondalup Health Campus

Luke has special interests in Difficult Airway Management, Resuscitation and Ventilation and has spoken at local, National and International Conferences. He is published in the fields of both Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Medical Journals and Medical Textbooks.

Luke is an Professor of Critical Care Medicine at Notre Dame University Fremantle where he has taught for over 10 years at the School of Medicine. He has a love of teaching and is educating the next generation of Australian doctors

In his “spare time”, Luke is devoted to his wife and 5 children and has a love of Australian Rules Football where he barracks for the West Coast Eagles.

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What our Patients say
Josh Duffy
Josh Duffy
10/10 was a little anxious about getting a tooth pulled but it was pain free and all the staff were super friendly. No longer in any pain.
Austin Albers
Austin Albers
This team has taken care of my teeth in a professional manner. Dr. Kal is fantastic!
Jodie Hall
Jodie Hall
Recently bit the bullet and finally took myself to the dentist after 5 years 🙈. I tell you after the experience at GFD the time between visits will no longer be that long! The staff at GFD we so welcoming and accommodating, not a word to make me feel bad about leaving so long between visits, I felt supported for finally doing some self care. I was also terrified of going through having a clean, remembering it like torture 5 years ago, but honestly it was way less painful, (the EMS was a breeze!) and if I don't leave it for so long to the next one, I know it will actually be painless!!! Who knew going to the dentist could actually be so enjoyable. Shoutout to Truc for a great job and being lovely!
Eleonora 1991
Eleonora 1991
Definitely recommend this clinic! Specially Dr Matt I had my wisdom teeth removed and the experience was very good, they explained everything, I’m now few days post operation and I’m felling good, they pain is already gone,nothing compared with other surgery done overseas.
Kayla Sable
Kayla Sable
Great family orientated environment Expert dentists Highly satisfied overall Kind and Curteious staff Highly recommended
Victoria Berben
Victoria Berben
I cannot thank the staff here enough for the most wonderful first dental experience for my 3 year old. I was really worried about him being compliant because of his stubborness and how he usually is at the doctor. I left with my mouth wide open in amazement! The childrens jungle themed waiting room made him feel very comfortable. Dr Sigourney took her time with him showing him all the equipment and got him to even lay on the chair without me! The dental nurse was also so kind. Then collette took him to the underwater themed teeth brushing room and was incredible, even getting him to use toothpaste which I always struggle with. Thank you all
Had a temporary filling repaired by Sigourney this morning and would just like to say how lovely she was. She explained what she was doing every step of the way and it took all the nerves and anxiety out of it.
Caitlin Robertson
Caitlin Robertson
Everyone was so helpful and thorough when dealing with my family. It was professionall and the setup is fantastic.
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