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.




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.


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Patient: Male in his mid 20’s wasn’t thrilled with the gaps in his front teeth and also with the front two teeth overlapping

Treatment: Fixed Bracket Orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh at Portobello Dental Clinic.

Cost: € 2995 including upper and lower fixed and removable retainers, as well as professional tooth whitening.

No re-touching of photographs has been done.

For further information on the orthodontic treatment we provide see here. To book an appointment for an orthodontic assessment contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E: info@portobellodental.com

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Patient: Male, in his 20’s was unhappy with the appearance of his teeth

Treatment: Fixed Bracket Orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh

Duration of treatment: 5 months

Cost: € 2995 including upper and lower fixed and removable retainers, as well as professional tooth whitening.

No re-touching of photographs has been done.

For further information on our orthodontic treatments visit here. To book an appointment for an orthodontic assessment contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E: info@portobellodental.com


Registering as a new dental patient at Portobello Dental Clinic, Dublin is a simple enough matter. When booking that new patient check up and consult, a surprising number of people worry that they need to do something, bring something or chase up old dental records and X-rays. Rest assured, there is no need to supply previous records except in very specific circumstances. All that we need to get you started are a few basic details.

If you are registering someone else, please know we do ask new patients for

*full name

*date of birth

*contact number

*PPS (optional)

A mobile number is preferable for contact if you wish us to send handy text reminders.

If a PPS number is provided at the time of booking we can check in advance if there is any PRSI to offset against the appointment. A comprehensive, new patient check up and consult, including X-rays if required, is currently €95 for private patients and €60 if you have PRSI cover (current on 24.11.14.) If we know in advance that you qualify, we’ll automatically apply the lower fee and do the claiming for you.

We don’t require anything else, but we do love to learn about YOU! If you are a nervous dental patient, whether or not you are interested in sedation, or if you have a concern about the health or appearance of your teeth and gums, do please tell our Clinic Coordinators who will listen, inform and help make your visit as smooth as possible.

If you would like a call from one of our two Treatment Coordinators for a chat about your teeth, treatments or fears, Sinead or Anne-Marie will be glad to help prior to your check up and at any stage in your treatment.

To register and/or book an appointment you can talk to us on 01 454 2022. Alternatively you can use our handy online booking system by clicking the orange button (also at top of page:)

Online Booking

If you are already a regular patient at Portobello Dental Clinic then you may have seen something about one of the treatments offered in our dental surgery, and which almost seems too good to be true. CEREC restorations in Dublin can be used to replace areas of decay in teeth instead of having a filling, inlay or onlay. They can even be used to fabricate crowns, and treatment can be completed in just one visit.

CEREC Restorations DublinPrecision Designed for a Precision Fit

We are one of the few clinics in Ireland to have a CEREC machine on site. CEREC is a milling machine that uses CAD/CAM technology to precision-make your restoration. The advantage of having your restoration milled from a single block of porcelain is that the resulting crown or inlay will be much stronger than if it were constructed using traditional techniques in a dental laboratory, and of course you will not need to wait weeks with a temporary crown or filling.

No Need for Messy Impressions

Your tooth is prepared in the conventional way, but from then on the process is quite different. If you struggle with a strong gag reflex that makes conventional impression taking tricky, then you will really appreciate having CEREC in Dublin. This is because our dentist in Dublin will not need to take an impression. Instead a camera is used to scan the preparation, and this information creates a 3D digital image of your tooth. Your dentist will then use this image to design your new crown or filling right before your eyes.

Once they are happy with the design, the information is sent to the milling machine so it can begin to make your crown or filling. This is done using a single block of porcelain that will have been pre-selected by your dentist. We carry a large selection of different porcelain blocks in varying shades and translucencies, ensuring your finished crown or inlay will blend in beautifully with the rest of your natural teeth. The actual milling process is pretty quick, after which your crown or filling will be checked and finished, before it is tried in by your dentist. They will make sure the fit is perfect before it is permanently bonded onto your tooth.

It is easy to see the advantages of choosing CEREC in Dublin, as you can leave Portobello Dental Clinic with your new crown firmly cemented in position, with no need to worry about finding the time for another appointment for fitting. It can also be the perfect solution if you happen to break a crown before a big event. Even though our temporary crowns will look reasonable, they will not look as beautiful as your new CEREC crown.

CEREC in Dublin will be a great choice for many types of restorations, but it might not be ideal in all cases. For example if you intend to have an extensive smile makeover then you could still benefit from having it made the old-fashioned way, even if it takes a bit longer. We will always be honest with you if we think this is the case.

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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

Almost on a weekly basis, we get asked whether it’s ok to have dental treatment while there is a cold sore present.

Before I answer this question, I will explain the causes and current treatments available for the common cold sore (which is caused by the Herpes Simplex type 1virus).

What causes them to occur?

Cold sores are caused by the HS virus (Usually type 1 for oral cold sores)-this virus is generally transmitted during early childhood via saliva i.e. kissing your baby, children sharing eating utensils, although the virus can lie dormant in the nervous system until triggered, which can be many years later.

Cold sores can be brought on by stress, menstruation, bright sunlight, wind damage, sunburn, fever, or local skin trauma. Even kissing someone with stubble! Surgical procedures such as dental or neural surgery lip tattooing, or microdermabrasion or facial resurfacing are also common triggers.

How will I know if I am getting a cold sore??

When you are about to get a cold sore, you will generally experience some or all of the following at the site where the cold sore will appear:

a)      Tingling (prodromal) stage: Itching, burning, tingling, and/or pain signal the start of a cold sore.

b)      Redness (erythema) stage: Swelling, redness, and soreness begin.

Then after this phase has passed we see:

c)      Small bumps (papule) stage: Small bumps develop and swelling may continue.

d)     Blister (vesicle) stage: One or more fluid-filled blisters form.

e)      Soft crust (ulcer) stage: Blisters break open and form an ulcer

Finally we see:

f)       Hard crust stage: Drying of the ulcer results in a scab and the hard crust disappears

g)      Remaining symptoms stage: Swelling, dry skin flakes, and/or redness remain after loss of the hard crust, and returning to the…….

h)       Normal skin stage: Cold sore disappears and normal skin returns


How can I treat/get rid of my cold core(s)?

Treatments available depend on what stage you start treatment:

Acyclivor topical cream is available in Ireland as Zovirax. This anti -viral topical cream which works by stopping the virus from copying itself, causing shorter outbreaks. It is a treatment for cold sores, not a cure.

Compeed Cold Sore Patch-this patch covers and protects the cold sore lesion, creating the optimal germ-free healing environment for faster healing and prevention of scab formation.

Plenty of other types of treatments exist for treatment for cold sores, but most centre around drying out the blister (applying alcohol Perfumes, Red wine sediment). Moisturizing the soft or hard crusts aids healing.

If you suffer from repeated severe episodes of cold sores, see your G.P., as a systemic course of anti viral medication could see you cold sore free for up to six months.

After your cold sore has healed, you may feel the area is still slightly raised. If this is the case, the root of the cold sore is living just under the skin. as such mild triggers can bring about another cold sore. Using a really rich moisturizer or vaseline for 3-4 weeks at night time can allow skin layers to shed evenly, and this will shed the root.

Finally Can I have dental treatment whilst I have a cold sore?

Technically, yes you can—but we consider it best to avoid all non-emergency dental treatments if possible, as the healing of the cold sore may be delayed due to the aggravation of the lips being stretched during treatment. Equally, it is ok to have dental treatment once you have passed the infectious stage—which is just after the vesicles have started to heal over and form the soft crust stage.