If you ask an adult to list what their biggest fear is, usually a “fear of the dentist” will feature highly within that list. Children quite often express a similar fear of the dentist, and bizarrely, this is often without having had any experience of dentists or dental treatment. Maybe it’s because of what they hear from us adults, and also the fact that dentists are usually associated with having a drill and sharp instruments!

This fear, and how we manage it, is what prompted us to introduce a treatment called Inhalation Sedation to the practice.

What is Inhalation Sedation?

Inhalation Sedation (or “happy air” as its also known) in dental treatment helps alleviate dental anxiety in children.

How it wor3ks….. 

The process involves the child breathing in a special “happy air” (nitrous oxide and oxygen) through a small nose piece. This in turn leads to a pleasant, relaxed floating feeling- much like day dreaming. Most children become less aware of their surroundings making the dental treatment easy and comfortable for them.
If your child is having a filling or a tooth removed under local anaesthetic ( tooth numbing solution also known as the “injection” ),  the breathing of the “happy air” will take most of the anxiety associated with this away for the child, thus making it more tolerable. It is important to note that we will still need to use local anesthetic in most situations.

Who would benefit from Inhalation Sedation?

Inhalation sedation works very well with children who have a mild to moderate dental anxiety. It also works well for children who have a gag reflex that interferes with dental care. Children with certain special needs have benefited greatly from the process. In all instances, your child must be willing to co-operate for inhalation sedation to be useful for them.

How will my child feel after the treatment?

Once the gas is turned off, the effects wear off quickly. By the time your child leaves the practice at the end of their treatment the “happy air” should be out of their system.

Is the treatment safe?

Inhalation sedation is very safe. It works quickly, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non allergenic. While sounds and noises will seem more distant, your child will not go asleep and will be aware of their surroundings throughout the dental treatment.

How will it help my child in the long term?

We strongly believe in the use of inhalation sedation treatment when appropriate to improve a child’s comfort during treatment and to allow treatment to be carried out as easily as possible in order to build a child’s1 confidence in the dental surgery until such a point that they can have treatment without it.

 

 

 

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Dr Daisy McCarthy is our dentist with a special interest in children’s dentistry who is highly trained and experienced in treating children under inhalation sedation. You can read all about her here. If you would like further information on inhalation sedation for your child please contact us on T: 01 4542022 or alternatively if you would like to book an appointment with Dr. McCarthy you can book online here.

 

“The girls at reception are kind and very friendly”
Caroline, 31 Dublin

“It is a nice and tidy dental surgery”
Ken, 41 Wexford

“Keep the good work up!”
Jill, 53 Carlow

“I was a patient of Dr. Ivers and after his illness this clinic was recommended to me and after my first visit I knew I would return.”
Sinead, 41 Dublin

“Had not been to the dentist in 9 years – was very apprehensive but I was really made to feel at ease !!”
Roisin, 47 Dublin

“My whole experience in the clinic was very pleasant, friendly, polite and professional”
Helen, 21 Dublin

“You gave me very reason to stay committed to Portobello Dental Clinic – no need to change”
Catherine, 51 Donegal

“Happy with treatment I am getting here, all very helpful.”
Jean, 54 Dublin

“Very professional practice. Friendly staff and efficient service (ie. Text messages etc)”
Dione, 29 Portlaoise

“I find that I am always treated with respect, great manners at reception. I feel at ease in the chair and always pain free. Great!!”
Ruth, 30 Wicklow

“The treatment was efficient and painless”
Karen, 30, Dublin

“Really friendly and relaxing practice, looking forward to my new teeth.”
Colette, 57 Dublin

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

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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A HUGE Thank you to Edward Madeley:) for giving me the perfect smile i have been putting off for years as i was nervous about getting braces again.i was so relaxed during each appointment due to your care.also thanks to the reception staff for being so friendly and helpful and not forgetting juliet for giving my teeth a good cleaning:):)

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My front teeth were crooked and unsightly and had been bothering me for years, I had researched orthodontists both in the Republic and the North (hoping to find a better deal) but they were all over-priced, inflexible in their treatment plans or just not people I would feel comfortable with. When I found out that Dr Beirne was doing cosmetic dentistry I was delighted as I’d already been to Portobello Clinic for a filling years back and really liked them. It was brilliant to get everything done in one clinic, with one overall, reasonable price. Amazing job by the lovely hygienist who really had her work cut out with a smoker, wine drinker and reluctant flosser!! Had a couple of fillings before the braces went on. Dr Beirne genuinely listened and understood when I explained what bothered me most about my teeth, how long I could bear to wear braces at my age, what my budget was etc.. During the 6 or 7 months of treatment, if I had a concern Dr Beirne would call with a solution or reassurance. In fact all the staff that I dealt with in Portobello Clinic were helpful and friendly. The end result is even better than I had hoped for!!!! I have had the braces off about 5 or 6 weeks and I’m so happy, I think my teeth look beautiful, they feel perfect, and I’ve even been complimented on my nice smile 🙂 Karen.

This was emailed to the office this morning by one of our patients, so glad we could help.

As a person who has a very strong phobia of the dentist and all things dental related,i found myself at a point where a visit to the dentist was absolutely necessary as it was constantly hanging over my head.I did some research online and came across Portobello Dental Clinic and so made an appointment to see Dr Helen Walsh.I have found Dr Walsh and Anna not only to be both professional and highly skilled but also very respectful of my fears and treated me in a sensitive and gentle manner at all times.I had a lot of work done in two seperate visits while under sedation both times.The sedation i would absolutely recommend to anybody who has a strong fear or phobia of the dentist.It’s like being in a very very deep sleep or relaxed state and i have only very vague recollections of my visits there on both those times.I had my iPod plugged in and was barely aware of what was going on.I was under for 2 hours but it felt like 15 minutes or so.The day after each of the treatments, i had absolutely no pain or discomfort whatsoever.This was a brand new experience for me as i had never in my life before been to the dentist without experiencing either pain or discomfort the next day.This time,it was as if nothing had ever happened.The clinic rang the day after the treatments to check that i was ok and not in any pain.I am having more ongoing treatments at the clinic and while i am still nervous,i am not sick to the stomach like i was before.All of the staff have a lovely way with the patients and make the whole experience less frightening.After a lifetime of having bad experiences with dentists and a checkered past with dental visits,i may have just found my dentist for life.

 

Dr.Helen Walsh’s patient from Dublin