Dental fears and phobias are much more common than you might think, and if most people honest than they probably say they feel at least a twinge of anxiety over visiting the dentist. This can become even more of a problem if you haven’t visited a dentist for a number of years and if you just know you really need urgent dental treatment but can’t quite pluck up the courage to ask for it. In fact it’s not uncommon for people to completely avoid having dental treatment until they’re in such pain they’re forced to ask for help. It doesn’t have to be this way, and it’s worth enquiring about sedation dentistry in Dublin, especially as this is something that offered by Portobello Dental Clinic.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is sometimes called sleep dentistry or twilight sedation, even though you don’t actually go to sleep during the process. You will however be heavily sedated, and although you’ll be able to communicate with our staff, and you may even be aware of what is going on around you, you won’t remember much when you come round.

Sedation dentistry uses sedatives and pain relieving drugs to help you become deeply relaxed. This type of sedation is administered intravenously by either Dr Helen Walsh or Dr Nicholas Beirne, both of whom are fully certified and licensed to provide this treatment. You’ll be completely monitored during the whole process so it’s very safe, and it’s perfect if the thought of sitting in the dental chair makes you want to run in the opposite direction. It’s also ideal for patients who are not particularly nervous about visiting the dentist, but who may have particularly sensitive teeth, or who do not respond well to ordinary anaesthetics, or for people who have a particularly strong gag reflex. One of the huge advantages of this type of treatment is that it enables the dentists at Portobello Dental Clinic to complete much larger amounts of treatment during one single session. This means if you haven’t visited the dentist for a while or are in need of extensive treatment, this can be completed much more quickly.

You will need to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment as you’ll be unable to drive yourself home afterwards, and you may want someone to sit with you for a while afterwards until you’ve recovered.

If you think you could get through treatment without having sleep dentistry, but would still like some extra help, then at Portobello Dental Clinic can definitely offer you extra sedation on top of the normal numbing anaesthetic. The exact level will vary depending on your needs as it will be fully adjusted to suit you. The main thing is to ask us for assistance in dealing with dental phobias and fears, as we are extremely used to helping nervous patients and understand how difficult it can be to seek treatment. If you haven’t managed to visit the dentist for a while, then we certainly won’t judge you, as all want to do is help you to have a nice healthy mouth.

If the thought of visiting the dentist strikes terror into your heart, you’re not alone. Many people feel terrified by the thought of visiting the dentist to have work done, perhaps out of an engrained dental phobia which began sometimes when they were just a child.

The good news is that you can overcome this fear with the use of dental sedation. Modern dental practices also offer relaxation techniques to help calm you to a sufficient level where you can undertake dental treatment. This is ideal for extremely anxious patients or those who suffer with a gag reflex.

If you dislike the idea of visiting the dentist but know that your appointment is important, there’s no excuse for you to miss out and suffer with poor oral health. Sedation dentistry comes in different forms but one of the most popular is the intravenous (IV) sedation, also known as twilight sedation, which is administered by your dentist into your arm or the back of your hand.

The effects are immediate and as soon as the sedative enters your bloodstream you will start to feel drowsy and fall into a deep state of relaxation. In this state the dentist will be able to perform the dental treatment while you are able to listen to and respond to his/her voice. Upon waking you may still experience some of these effects, but you won’t recall what happened during the dental procedure.

At the Portobello Dental Clinic we offer twilight sedation which uses a combination of sedative and pain relieving drugs to allow you to breathe comfortably on your own as you slip into a dream like place. You won’t feel any worries as our caring and gentle dentists begin your dental treatment.

If you want to know more about dental Phobia in Dublin and how it can ease your anxiety, please call us at Portobello Dental Clinic on 01 454 2022 to book an appointment. Our practice opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 8pm. Tuesday from 8am to 6pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. We can make your dental visit so relaxing, you won’t worry at all about coming back a second time!

If you have a deep-rooted fear of the dentist, it can be an unpleasant experience to know that you have to go into a dental practice and have urgent treatment done on your teeth. While you may want to improve your oral health, your dental phobia may be holding you back from getting the smile that you deserve.

Feeling very nervous about visiting the dentist can affect people in different ways. Some people may be afraid of the dentist because of a bad childhood experience which they keep replaying in their minds, while others may remember sounds and smells which bring back bad memories.

Dental sedation is one method which can calm you to a sufficient level that dental treatment can be carried out. It can benefit both nervous patients and those who have difficulty controlling their gag reflex, as well as people who are more prone to pain because of their sensitive teeth. In many cases, it allows for several dental procedures to be performed in one single appointment!

There are different types of sedation available and this includes the intravenous injection (IV), also known as twilight sedation, which is administered into the back of the hand or your arm. This will make you feel drowsy, but you will still be able to cooperate with everything that the dentist tells you. The effects of this kind of sedation can take a while to wear off, so it is essential that a friend or family member accompanies you home from the practice. It’s also essential to avoid drinking alcohol or operating machinery during this time as you will still be feeling drowsy.

At Portobello Dental Clinic, we offer twilight sedation as our preferred form of sedation dentistry in Dublin. This is a combination of sedative and pain relieving drugs to leave you in a calm state of relaxation throughout the entire dental procedure. Our two principal dentists Drs Helen Walsh and Nick Beirne are both certified and licensed to provide IV sedation to all patients, so you can feel assured that you’ll be treated in experienced hands.

If you would like to book an appointment, please call 01 454 2022. Our opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 8pm. Tuesday from 8am to 6pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. additionally, please visit our website: www.portobellodental.ie for more information.

If you need to visit the dentist for some important dental treatment, but you’re feeling nervous, then it can make you feel afraid to even make your appointment. It is best not to cancel however as avoiding dental work can put you at greater risk of more complex oral and dental health problems.

The good news is that you don’t have to suffer. Dental sedation is one option to consider and your dentist can provide this alongside your dental treatment. The effects of dental sedation include feeling relaxed and calm enough so that your fear virtually disappears and you are able to receive dental treatment. This benefits you greatly as it means that less dental visits overall are required to complete your treatment because we can do more than one item of treatment each time.

There are all sorts of reasons why a person could experience dental phobia and they usually start in childhood from an uncontrolled fear  (this might be down to a previous unpleasant experience, but sometimes, this fear is not instigated by anything at all) which has spiralled out of control. For some people, particular sounds and smells may bring back bad experiences or memories of being a child in the dental practice.

At Portobello Dental, we can make coming to the dentist a relaxing experience. Our team of dentists Dr Helen Walsh and Nick Beirne are highly skilled and trained to carry out twilight sedation, using a combination of pain relieving drugs and a sedative. This can be injected intravenously into the arm or the back of the hand to create a dream-like state of deep relaxation.

The intravenous injection allows for a more controlled dose to be administered. Twilight sedation may be useful if you have a high level of fear, a string gag reflex, very sensitive teeth or have experienced an unpleasant childhood or adult memory of dentistry.

After receiving dental sedation, you may wake up with no memory of what happened during treatment and it will feel as though you’ve awoken from a very deep sleep – so you have to be accompanied home by either a friend or family member.

To learn more about dental sedation, call 01 454 2022 to make an appointment. Our practice opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 8pm. Tuesday from 8am to 6pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.You can also visit our website: www.portobellodental.ie for more information. If you’re looking for sedation dentistry in Dublin Portobello Dental Clinic can keep you calm during your dental treatment.

If you’re feeling nervous at the prospect of undergoing dental treatment, don’t be! Dental practices are nowadays very accommodating places which try extremely hard to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible throughout any procedure.

Feelings of anxiety can be overwhelming if you have a dental phobia Dublin, but it’s possible to overcome this and feel relaxed when you sit in the dental chair. By using dentalsedation, you will feel calm enough to undergo dental treatment and it’s possible for your dentist to fit in several dental procedures in the one appointment. Thanks to dental sedation, you don’t have to miss regular dental check-ups, ensuring that your mouth and teeth remain healthy.

One form of dental sedation is the intravenous injection (IV) of Midazolam which is administered into the back of the hand or into your arm. This method is the most popular with our anxious patients here at Portobello Dental Clinic.

When the sedative starts to take effect, you will feel drowsy and relaxed, yet you will still be somewhat aware of what’s going on around you. This is ideal as you will be able to understand what the dentist is telling you and respond accordingly. The benefit is that you don’t feel any anxiety while you receive dental treatment, and you may have no recollection of any of the treatment afterwards, yet having been fully conscious through it all! So it carries the benefits of amnesia without the risks of a general anaesthetic. It is also very useful where patients have a strong gag reflex.

After the dental procedures are complete, you will still be under the effects of sedation, so you will feel very relaxed, and will probably have no memory of the visit, and it will feel like no time has passed. It’s a bit like waking up from a restful sleep and you won’t feel any pain, discomfort or fear. Due to feeling so relaxed, you will be required to bring a friend or family member with you who can accompany you home and look after you for a few hours as your judgement and reflexes are affected.

There are plenty of benefits to sedation dentistry Dublin and this makes it an ideal choice for people who have a strong gag reflex, those who have sensitive teeth, difficulty getting numb, complex dental problems or a severe dental phobia.

At Portobello Dental Clinic, all our Dublin dentist  have post graduate training in this field, and strictly comply with current Dental Council guidelines and regulations.  If you would like to book an appointment please call 01 454 2022. Our practice opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 8pm. Tuesday from 8am to 6pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

A Testimonial  from a nervous patient

I have PTSD, which means that if I’m treated in a way that reminds me of certain unpleasant events, my body’s stress reaction is extreme. Before I got this, I was afraid of dentists as a child and in my teens but overcame that fear in my 20s. When the dentist in whom I’d placed my trust for three decades put me back to square one, I knew I needed something special from my next dentist – whenever I found the courage to approach one again. Well, I got what I needed, and more, at Portobello Dental. Dr. Helen Walsh performed root canal treatment on me and fitted two crowns with NO angst whatsoever and minimal physical discomfort for me. I told her about my problems, she understood, gave me full information and answered all my questions. Her hygienist, Gina Staunton, was great too. Mind you, I knew things would go well when the taxidriver who ferried me to my first appointment launched into a hymn of praise for Dr. Walsh when I said where I was headed!

Thanks and best wishes.

LORETO BYRNE

 

 

A review from Ruth Dixon on whatclinic.com

6 month braces

Were you pleased with the treatment

Brilliant results from 6 months smile braces for the first time, I even smiled for photos this Xmas! Dr Edward Madeley was a joy. Great dentist made me laugh a lot and Bianca on reception always made me smile even though all my appointments were at 8am!

Treatment

6 month braces

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A Testimonial  from a nervous patient

I have PTSD, which means that if I’m treated in a way that reminds me of certain unpleasant events, my body’s stress reaction is extreme. Before I got this, I was afraid of dentists as a child and in my teens but overcame that fear in my 20s. When the dentist in whom I’d placed my trust for three decades put me back to square one, I knew I needed something special from my next dentist – whenever I found the courage to approach one again. Well, I got what I needed, and more, at Portobello Dental. Dr. Helen Walsh performed root canal treatment on me and fitted two crowns with NO angst whatsoever and minimal physical discomfort for me. I told her about my problems, she understood, gave me full information and answered all my questions. Her hygienist, Gina Staunton, was great too. Mind you, I knew things would go well when the taxidriver who ferried me to my first appointment launched into a hymn of praise for Dr. Walsh when I said where I was headed!

Thanks and best wishes.

LORETO BYRNE

 

 

A review from Ruth Dixon on whatclinic.com

6 month braces

Were you pleased with the treatment

Brilliant results from 6 months smile braces for the first time, I even smiled for photos this Xmas! Dr Edward Madeley was a joy. Great dentist made me laugh a lot and Bianca on reception always made me smile even though all my appointments were at 8am!

Treatment

6 month braces

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I really enjoy my visits to the dentist, which is an unusual thing to say but I have found everyone very helpful.
Roisin, Dublin, Aged 36, July 2010

I have referred friends to this clinic because you provide a fantastic service.
John, Dublin, Aged 40, June 2010

I have had a fear of dentists for most of my life, Dr. Riley Lewis has helped me to deal with this fear.
Eoin, Kildare, Aged 30, June 2010

Very good at putting anxious patients at ease.
Sam, Galway, Aged 22, May 2010

I am a very nervous patient and Helen makes me feel at ease.
Joan, Dublin, Aged 52, May 2010

“A very satisfactory experience all around”.
MD.C. Age 45 April 2010

“Thank you! All clinic and reception staff are always accommodating and polite”.
Brenda, Age 62, April 2010

“Very friendly and efficient service, especially for elderly ladies like myself”.
Angela, 82, April 2010

“I never feel apprehensive when visiting Dr. Riley Lewis!”
Sandra, Age 42, April 2010

“Great clinic, I don’t mind coming to the dentist anymore.”
Geraldine, Age 33, March 2010

“I wish to thank everyone at the clinic for all their help”
Aidan, Age 26, March 2010

“Extremely friendly and congenial instilling calmness in patients – enabling one to return in confidence” Ms BB Age 33, March 2010

All testimonials are verifiable, written by our patients, and available for viewing at Portobello Dental Clinic