Nervous & Anxious Patients

Nervous & Anxious Patients

Dr Clodagh McAllister has vast experience in dealing with nervous and anxious patients and patients with dental phobias.

Consultations can be provided in a non dental setting.


Dr Mc Allister is qualified in the application of dental acupuncture. She has undergone training with the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Acupuncture can be employed to help in the treatment of gag reflex, sinusitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, facial pain and relaxation.

Sterile single use disposable needles are used in the clinic.


Dr. McAllister has a Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP.


Reduction of anxiety associated with dental treatment.

It is possible to have your dental treatment carried out under sedation. At Fairview Dental Clinic intravenous sedation is available.

Dr Clodagh Mc Allister has s post graduate diploma in conscious sedation in dentistry. This diploma was awarded by King’s College London (Dental Institute at Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospital). This course involved 12 months of post graduate training.

Prior to having dental treatment carried out under conscious sedation it is imperative to be medically assessed by Dr Mc Allister. This can be done at the same time as having a dental examination. This is in accordance with best practice models to ensure that sedation is appropriate for the patient. Here at Fairview Dental Clinic the fitness scale as set out by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is employed to determine suitability for treatment. The Indicator of Sedation Needs scale is also used.

Sedative drugs are used to reduce anxiety therefore allowing dental treatment to be carried out in a more relaxed environment. We use a single drug, Midazolam. The amount of drug used is unique to each individual. Fixed doses are not administered. The amount of drug used is titrated to each individual.

Throughout the sedation procedure the patient is monitored continuously by the seditionist. It is accepted practice that the dental and sedation procedures can be performed by one person or two separate practitioners.

Two staff members are present with the patient at all times.

When having conscious sedation you will be in a deeply relaxed state. At all times you will be able to respond to the dentist.

Reasons for sedation
People with high levels of anxiety around having dental procedures.
Complex dental treatments.
Avoidance of general anesthesia.
Relaxation / reduction of anxiety and movement in people with movement disorders.
Reduction of stress and anxiety in people with medical issues which can be exacerbated by stressful situations.

At Fairview Dental Clinic we adhere to very strict protocols when providing treatment and caring for patients.
We are happy to provide sedation to patients from other practices who are in need of sedation for a particular reason and then return them to the care of their own general dentist.

Patient IV Sedation documents available for download (PDF documents)
Sedation Patient Questionnaire
IV sedation for Dental Treatment
Sedation Pre and Post OP instructions
Sedation instructions ESCORT

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