Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry


Blackrock Clinic Dentistry has a special interest in treating nervous dental patients.

Dental phobia is one of the most common phobias worldwide.

Does the fear of attending the dentist turn you off attending on a regular basis?

If the answer is yes to this then we can help by offering sedation.


Our Dental Sedation Service:

Blackrock Clinic provides the professional, clinical environment for patients to receive dental sedation.

The sedation service at Blackrock Clinic Dentistry is far more comprehensive than that typically encountered in dental practice.

We work with a dedicated consultant anaesthetist to provide I.V. sedation to allow full comfort during treatment. We are one of the few general dentists in the country with access to I.V. sedation in a hospital setting.

Suite 14 is easily accessible with lifts and porter service if necessary.



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What is Dental Sedation?

I.V Sedation: involves administering a sedative drug through a vein. It works very quickly and induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on.

ORAL: To help patients feel relaxed a small amount of diazepam can be prescribed and taken an hour before a dental appointment. It is well documented that this helps patients relax and face dental treatment with more ease.

 Why choose Sedation Dentistry ?

  • It will help patients who have a fear of the dentist, patients who do not like the noises or have a fear of needles.
  • The patient will be stress free at all times.
  • You remain conscious during conscious sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.
  • However, you may not remember much (or anything at all) of the dental treatment afterwards.
  • I.V Sedation will allow you to dream while we work. You will be awake but fully relaxed. You will wake up fresh with a healthy smile.
  • You can have all or most of your dental treatment completed in 1 visit.


Who administers I.V Sedation?

As we work in a hospital setting we are unique in having a dedicated group of consultant anaesthetists to deliver our intravenous sedation.

Our anaesthetists are dedicated solely to managing your sedation throughout your dental treatment. As anaesthetists are highly trained in the area of sedation and anaesthesia they can deliver continuous sedation using a wide range of sedative agents to ensure you are optimally sedated and comfortable throughout your procedure.

Our anaesthetists are present throughout your treatment, and are constantly monitoring your vital signs, such as levels of oxygen (oxygen saturation), blood pressure and heart tracing (ECG) to ensure your safety at all times.

This is an extremely safe procedure as it is in a hospital environment.


Meet our team of Anaesthetists:


Dr. Noelle Murphy is a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Blackrock Clinic. She graduated form University College Cork, and completed her specialty training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Ireland, before undertaking a fellowship in Intensive Care Medicine in Kings College Hospital (KCH) London. She completed a Medical Doctorate (MD) from University College Dublin in 2014, researching the pathogenesis of acute lung injury and has published extensively in the field of anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. Since being awarded a diploma in Quality and Leadership in Healthcare from the Royal College of Physicians (2013) Noelle has developed a keen interest in quality and safety, with a strong commitment to improving the patient experience.

Noelle frequently deals with nervous dental patients. She ensures all patients are put at ease and are treated with optimal sedation in a safe environment to ensure complete patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Stephen Fröhlich is a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Blackrock Clinic. Prior to joining the Blackrock Clinic he worked in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and was a lecturer at the University of Oxford. He has an outstanding research record, with over 30 peer reviewed publications to date and has received research grants including the highly prestigious National SpR Academic Fellowship. He has extensive clinical experience in anaesthesia, trauma and critical care medicine with a focus on ensuring outstanding patient care provision, external audit of outcomes and continuing quality improvement.

Stephen is an experienced anaesthetist who will ensure your procedure is carried out with the utmost care and attention, with optimal levels of sedation achieved to ensure your comfort.


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We believe in an easy access approach and no waiting list to ensure no patient is left in pain.

We offer I.V Sedation at an affordable price and if you feel it will help you relax during dental treatment then contact us today to discuss.

You will need to be accompanied to and from appointments with sedation and will not be allowed to drive or handle machinery for the duration of that day.


Inhalation Sedation (Laughing Gas)

Inhalation sedation “laughing gas” ” nitrous oxide “- this is available for patients prior to I.V Sedation if you feel it would make the experience easier.

It is advised to attend the dentist every 6 months. Do not let your dental phobia turn you off having a healthy mouth. There is always a solution, contact us today to discuss all options with one of our dentists.