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

Thank you cards  from patients-

To All the staff at Portobello Dental Clinic,
Thank you all for your help, your pleasantness throughout my visits,
A special thanks to Dr.Riley Lewis for straightening my crooked teeth !
Yours, Cheryl!

To / Dr Madeley and all the staff  Many thanks for looking after me so well.
From , Mary

To/ Dr. Lewis,
Thank you for your encouragement + support during my teatment.
Thank you lso for my “Smile” but more importantly for giving me back my confidence!
To all the staff  thank you for your kindness during my treatment at the clinic. your support+ caring nature is very appreciated.
with much apprecittion + Kind regards

Dr.Lewis and all the staff at Portobello Dental Clinic,
Thank you very very much! for my bueatiful smile!
Youmade the experience bearable!
Thanks again,

Staff very kind and helpful and made me feel so welcome and safe in the their hands

Ken, 33, Wexford

Very clean and hygienic

Seamus, 51, Sligo

Dr. Walsh and Anna are a great team, which you can feel as a patient. Both very precise, working well together. Painfree treatment, well done and many thanks

Maura, 21, Lonford

No complaints at all, thank you very much.

I like this building, the location and the professional staff who are also friendly

Yvonne, 41, Newbridge

Riley is very pleasant and very good at making you feel calm

Jean, 49, Kildare

Staff very friendly and very clear at explaining things, very nice atmosphere

Paul, 48, Dublin

Excellent Service, completely at ease, Dr. Riley was brilliant

Siobhan, 23, Wexford

As a nervous patient I really appreciate how clearly everything was explained and the manner that the team take care of the patient

Wes, 44, Belfast

Outstanding care, all healthcare should be this way

Edel, 36, Dublin

Previous experience with dentists have been unpleasant, my visits here have changed that.

Best dentist I have been too, I have been recommending people to come here for years and I will continue to do so

Aidan, 47, Dublin

Excellent service, extremely professional and patient centred

Georgina, 21, Tralee

I am very happy with the text reminders as it made it easier for me instead of calling, they can do on line as well.

Lovely premises, very professional, will definitely recommend

Ann, 64, Dublin

Delighted I could have sedation, Dr Nick and Joanna were brilliant. I wouldn’t have had the treatment without their care

Warren, 41, Tipperary

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

Enda writes about his dental experience
“To say that I was nervous about going back to the dentist is an understatement. I hadn’t been in several years due to a bad experience, and my teeth were not in good condition. I knew that treatments had come a long way over the years, and there would definitely be improvements that could be made to my own condition, but I also knew they were likely to be costly. Looking back on it know, I was probably as worried about the reaction I’d receive as I was about the actual treatment themselves.

From my first dealings with Portobello Dental Clinic, I started to feel last daunted about the whole situation. I explained that I was nervous about coming in and I was assured that the clinic made allowances for nervous patients where required.
My first session consisted of a thorough check-up and the forming of a suitable treatment plan. On meeting the dentist, Dr. Helen Walsh, I was asked how nervous I would rate myself and assured that the level of anaesthetic would be sufficient to ensure there would be no pain. Being sedated for treatment was also an option, although a more expensive one (could be good if you’re extremely nervous though).
While there was no denying of the poor condition of my teeth, there was no judgement or condemnation – the focus was on the work that needed to be done. 1st hurdle over!

Based on the problems, and the work that would be needed, a treatment plan was constructed which outlined the work, the order and the cost of the basic work. During every treatment, steps were explained if necessary and the dentist ensured I was always comfortable during a treatment. I could stop a treatment at any point (if necessary) by simply raising my hand. The manner of the dentist, the dental nurses – all of the staff – was always excellent – pleasant, polite and caring. First class, I was even called in the days after bigger pieces of work to check that everything was alright and that I was happy with how things had gone.

Where appropriate, the treatment options were presented. Options were presented in terms of the work involved, the benefits of each approach and the cost involved and I would say the advice given was excellent.

Months later, and my main course of treatments have been completed. I couldn’t be happier with the results – amazing, and I’m much happier and more confident as a result. You couldn’t ask for better advice or treatment and I’d definitely recommend Portobello Dental Clinic to anyone.”

Mr. E. McDonagh

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

It is the first time I have felt in safe hands for a long time
Mary, 34 from Dublin
Friendly, efficient professional service
Fiona, 18 from Dublin
I was terrified of the dental experience and stayed away for more than eight years, having found this clinic my perception has changed completely
Naomi, 28 from Wicklow
Very happy to have a young and professional practice so close to my home, thank you.
Frank, 43 from Dublin
I always feel looked after and reassured at this clinic. I always recommend to friends and colleagues
Roisin, 47 from Dublin
Good humour and empathy helps make the visit less frightening!
Aidan, 31 from Carlow
Confidence that I am in good and competent hands
Lisa, 27 from Galway
Both the receptionist and dentist were very helpful and informative when I rang with a query
Betty, 63 from Dublin
Lovely premises and great city centre location. Charming and professional team
Dessie, 39 from Limerick
Very efficient, helpful and friendly receptionist. Lovely décor in waiting area
Deirdre, 23 from Wexford
We are a family which travels up from the west of Ireland to be treated here – that says it all!
The O’Brien Family from The West
I am quite a nervous patient but I am always put at ease anytime I have come to the surgery
Anna, 23 from Dublin via Germany

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