Many people are nervous about coming to the dentist and often avoid regular check-ups and treatment. This means that their dental health may suffer and deteriorate. Dr Samantha Lai Sing and her team are very understanding and supportive of patients with phobias and anxiety, and welcome them to come in and discuss ways to help them feel more comfortable and overcome their fears of coming to the dentist. 

General Anaesthesia & Conscious Sedation

Dr Lai Sing is qualified to provide dental treatment under general anaesthesia at a local day surgery. General anaesthesia is administered and monitored by an anaesthetist, which causes patients to become unconscious and completely unaware during their dental treatment. 

Dr Lai Sing is also able to provide dental treatment under conscious sedation. Conscious sedation (or intravenous sedation) is another safe and effective technique for patients who are anxious or nervous. During conscious sedation patients are in a drowsy state, while aware of what is happening around them, they are very comfortable and relaxed.


Dr Robert Turnbull

Dr Turnbull provides Dental Intravenous Sedation for our patients at Northern Beaches Family Dental. Dr Turnbull graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 1998. He spent 12 years as a dentist in the Royal Australian Air Force and completed a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Dentistry (Conscious Sedation and Pain Control) at the University of Sydney in 1996. He is fully endorsed to provide Dental Intravenous Sedation with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. As a requirement for ongoing Dental Board endorsement to provide intravenous sedation, Dr Turnbull undergoes annual continuing education in Sedation and Medical Emergencies Training.