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@Hermitage Dental Clinic  Practice Limited to Special Care Dentistry

Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig, Hermitage Dental Clinic, Suite 10, Hermitage Medical Clinic, Old Lucan Road, Co Dublin

Private Clinics available every Friday

Referrals accepted from: Self Referrals, Patients, Advocates and Family members, Dentists, Nurses, Medical Practitioners and Specialists

Appointments / Referrals:  Tel: (01)6459555  Fax: (01)6459556

Useful Links:

@ DDUH, Lecturer in Public Dental Health ( Disability Studies )

Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig, Department of Child and Public Dental Health, Dublin Dental University Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2

Referrals as per DDUH referral processes only.

Contact:        Tel:016127337     Fax: 016127298      email:

Useful Links:

Guidance for referring dentists to DDUH: and

58 comments on “Contact Me
  1. Amanda hanly says:


    Doyle treat children with autism my son is nearly 5 and has a cavity with a temporary filling put into it but it is still giving him abit of hassle,it is very hard to get him to open his mouth to get work done to his teeth and would more than likely need to be sedated for any work done if u could get to me i would be very grateful thanks


    • admin says:

      Hi Amanda,
      Thanks for contacting me. I see many people with autism. I find that consistency is important for many people with autism as there is much value in acclimaitising to a dental environment for them. While I concentrate mainly on the treatment of adults, I feel that this consistency is important and I often see children with autism. I work as part of a team including paediatric dentists in Hermitage Dental and as such if there are child specific issues with their teeth I can arrange for your son to see one of my colleagues. We provide a full range of sedation and anaesthetic services.

      If you wish to arrange an acclimatisation visit, where we can arrange for your son to come and visit the practice without any pressure on him to ” complete ” any treatment please feel free to contact my office at (01)6459555 or email the office at Ask them for a 20 min acclimatisation visit with me on a Friday and we can take it from there?

      Please see this link for further details
      If you have any further questions that I can help you with, please reply.

      Kind regards,


  2. David Walsh says:

    i recently snapped two of my front teeth and i have been advised that i need root canal treatment in both…
    i am terrified to the point im considering just leaving the caps on and hoping for the best…
    can you help me for this?
    I cant be awake in the dentist i will freak out,


    • admin says:

      Hi David,
      sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I advise that you get the root canals finished soon. Unfortunately there is no way of “hoping for the best” with this. If you do not get the rest of the treatment completed soon, things will only get worse for you. Having said that I hear you when you say that you can’t get to a dentist easily and there are thousands exactly like this in Ireland. The best I can suggest is that you find a dentist who will listen to you and provide care slowly and on your terms. Of course, being asleep can help with this. If you want an appointment please email us at

      good luck

  3. Debbie Byrne says:


    A few weeks ago I cracked my wisdom tooth and it hurt for a few days but the pain went. Unfortunately it’s now broken and I’ve been in a lot of pain for the past few days – Paracetemol isn’t doing anything.
    My fear of the Dentist has resulted in me not visiting a dentist in over 10 years so I hope you can understand how anxious I’m feeling.

    I’m also concerned about the cost, I have no doubt using general anaesthetic will cost a lot more than a general extraction, and because it’s a wisdom tooth I would imagine the cost will increase again.

    Can you advise please?

    Kind regards,

    • admin says:

      Hi Debbie, this sounds tricky for you.. General anaesthetic is expensive but many oral surgeons and dentists use sedation for this type of treatment which can be just as effective at controlling anxiety for this type of treatment and much cheaper! Get a consult with a dentist or direct with an oral surgeon. It is normally easier than you imagine! Good luck

  4. Sharon says:

    Hi I haven’t visited a dentist in 18 years(I wax given tablets to relax me last time but it took 4 ) as I am terrified but A large piece of a back tooth has just fallen out and I know it’s going to cause me pain .Ive wanted to get my teeth sorted for a while but fear is putting me off .I would definitely need to be completely sedated as even the smell will give me a panic attack .Is this possible ? Also I’m on a medical card .Do You accept them ?

    • admin says:

      Hi Sharon, well done for making the first move to get on top of this. This situation is unfortunately very common . People who are phobic can end up in a situation that gets out of control and the most important thing to do is to get into a dentist who will give you complete control. I am happy to see you and look at your teeth. We can chat and make a plan. Unfortunately I do not take medical card. Medical card does not cover sedation. Insurance can be cost effective if you need a lot of treatment but to be honest almost every phobic person who I see has better teeth than they expect to have! Call my office if you want an appointment. Seize the opportunity to go somewhere at least! Good on you

  5. Sharon Flynn says:

    i have 3 teeth that need removing and I’m in a lot of pain to the extent I can’t sleep getting 10 mins here and there I’m so afraid of the dentist and I have been considering the getting put asleep option asap please help

    Kindest regards

    • admin says:

      Hi Sharon, the best I can advise is to arrange to visit a dentist who provides sedation or anaesthesia. You Re welcome to come see me by ringing the office, and asking to come for a chat. I will be glad to help you.

  6. Emer Dennany says:

    I am looking to change dentist and my question is do you exclusively deal in special dentist care or do you accept regular patients as well?

    Many thanks


    • admin says:

      Hi Eimear, I see people with disabilities and phobias and medical problems. There are loads of great dentists out there for the general public. I took your details down because these are posted publicly. Good luck.

  7. susan darcy says:

    can u tell me how you go about been put asleep for extractions

    • admin says:

      Hi Susan,
      To go asleep at the dentists means a couple of things. Normally this might mean either general anaesthetic or IV sedation. I can provide both at Hermitage Dental. The first thing to do is have a consult. If you want to come in for a consultation, call 016459555.

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  9. Elaine says:

    Hey im just wondering do u see children my son is 4 an has an asd disorder is so nervous. He needs 3 fillings done but wont keep his mouth open or let cotton wool ect in tgank you

    • admin says:

      Hi Elaine,
      I hope this went OK for you.
      I generally think that a child at that age is best with a paediatric dentist as they are more skilled in treatments for baby teeth.
      There are some great paediatric dentists working with me here in Hemritage.
      Having said that, I am happy to help if you feel that is best.

  10. Caroline McHugh says:

    My daughter is 4yrs 10mths and is in terrible pain with her top back tooth.
    We went to the dentist last week to have a filling done but my daughter was in so much pain that the dentist was unable to give her the filling.
    I was wondering if anyone could help my daughter as I am worried her tooth might get infected and in time have to be pulled.
    Kind regards…

  11. Sarah Smyth says:


    I have a rotten tooth and a cracking tooth and I need a good clean,I am afaird of the dentist but I can’t avoid it any longer. I am interested in your sedation or anesthesia care? I would like to make an appointment as soon as possible

  12. Ruth says:

    I have a really strong dental phobia but am in urgent need of some work and i am reaching out to see if you can help me
    Hoping to hear back from you

    • admin says:

      PM sent. Look forward to meeting you.

      • Robbie kane says:

        I few bad teeth that need to be taking out.i have extremely bad dental phobia i have being to the denist today to get them checked and xrayed but i cant them out due to my in a lot of pain and need a tooth removed asap if you can help me it would be much appreciated.

        • admin says:

          Hi there, sorry for the delay in responding. I can see how nervous you were when you read this. I hope I can help you. When the time comes again that you want to find a dentist to help, please call my office and we can arrange something that suits you. Kind regards,

  13. Adrian says:

    I’m in bad need of dental care and I need about 12 teeth removed and implants put in.
    But I have massive fear of detail work can you help?

    • admin says:

      Hi, sorry for the delay – if you think that I can help please contact my office on 016459555. We can even arrange a chat first if that suits you… Kind regards

  14. audrey says:

    hi my name is audrey my teeth are in bits i need any sedation possible i cant even sit in a dentist chair i hate needles but please can you help me get the best way where i dont see whats going on please knock me out tnx a mill

    • admin says:

      Hi, sorry for delay in responding. Thanks for the email. Well done for getting in contact – I hope I can sill help you. The first step is to come in for an assessment so as we can explore your options. Please call 01645955 for an appointment

  15. Lana says:


    I’m not sure if I qualify for a phobia, but I do develop a strong anxiety before a dental visit every time, like these days. I’m quite jumpy in the dentist’s chair, and also I sometimes have difficulty getting numb.
    I need more than one injection and can still feel things. That’s why I thought I should try the inhalation sedation, as I had it during the birth of both of my children. I would really want to avoid being scolded into being an adult and sitting still, would love the doctor to take time with me and talk me through it. Thank you in advance,

    • admin says:

      Hi Lena, sorry for delay in responding. Thanks for the helpful letter – you make it very clear how a dentist can succeed with you. If you think I can help you, call 01645955 for an appointment

  16. Michelle says:

    Hi I wondering if you can help I have a cracjed back tooth and think I need some fillings in some of my other teeth.I am terrified of the Dentist and was hoping I might be able to be sedated.Would you be abke to help me wuth this please. Thanks in advance Michelle

    • admin says:

      Hi Michelle, I hope I can. I know how hard it can be to get to the dentist for many people like you. I would be happy to arrange a “meet and greet” at my clinic if that takes some of the pressure off you. You can come and meet me and the team. Otherwise if you want to call in for an assessment give us a call – 016459555 – look forward to hearing from you

  17. Stacey Rochford says:

    Hi I’d like to book an appointment for my son please he is 4 he is autistic his diet is extremely poor he will not drink milk or water just juice and about 5 foods he will eat. So as a result it has reflected bad on his teeth with tooth decay so I would like to get them sorted for him please if I can.

    • admin says:

      Hey, at five you might be best visiting a paediatric dentist. They specialize in baby teeth, whereas I simply do a little of that work. If you do want to see me please call and make an appointment – but otherwise ring a paefiatric dentist and ask for an appointment / go to your local HSE? Regards

  18. Martin Cunningham says:

    Good afternoon. I have quite a lot of work needed on my teeth and denture but am, as most of your clients seem to be, severely nervous of visiting the dentist. I need to be anesthetised totally but cannot find a dentist in cork to do this except in a private hospital. Just wondering if you know of anyone in cork who would do this. If not then a trip to Dublin it is. Thank you for taking the time to read this as I understand you must be very busy.

  19. Marian Woods says:

    Hi I am resistant to local anesthetic and have a tooth that needs extraction. My dentist is recommending general anesthetic which I cannot afford ( no insurance) , he also says I am not a candidate for conscious sedation as I will feel everything. It is second molar from back. What do you advise?

    • admin says:

      Hey your dentist is probably right – though I question the underlying phenomenon of local resistance – there is lots to work with there prior to anaesthesia – happy to assess

  20. Angela says:

    Hi, do you treat patients with dementia? My mother has severe dementia and she says her teeth hurt. She was examined by her dentist today and he told me she has cavities and to come back in 6 months. I could tell he was reluctant to treat her because of her condition. Getting her to brush is a constant battle.

    Thank you for any advice you can give.

    • admin says:

      Hey yeah glad to help- your dentist is probably right – we are increasingly in dentistry accepting uncertainty regard in patients teeth as even broken teeth can function – if you want your mother las teeth rechecked be my guest and book at 016459555 – there may be a little wait in seeing her

  21. Niamh Judge O'Connell says:


    I am a really nervous patient. Yesterday a crown fell of my tooth and I need to get other work done. Would love to be asleep and get everything done. I hope you can help me. Regards Niamh xxc

    • admin says:

      Hey Niamh – this is exactly what I do – why not call Laura on 016459555 and come me for a visit – even happy to chat with you for a few minutes if that is better for you as a first step? Kev

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  23. Susan says:

    Hi, l need a tooth extracted (abscess and it’s lying horizontally). There’s no way I’d want local anasthetic. The last time p had sedation (for IVF egg retrieval) l woke up during the procedure. Needless to say it was terrifying. I’m sick at the of having to get this tooth out. Do you have any suggestions?

    • admin says:

      Hey – if I was you I would go to an oral surgeon – most require a referral from a general dentist but some might accept you if you ring up- good luck with it Kev

  24. Meadhbh Sinclair says:

    Do you do general anaesthetic where I’m totally asleep? This is only option due to extreme anxiety.

    • admin says:

      Hey – yes I do this. You can arrange a meeting if you like by calling the office at hermitage dental. Good luck

  25. Linda Blaas says:

    Hi, I found your business when i went searching for dentist for, lets just say, very nervous patients. I’m in no way special needs other then being afraid to get any dentistry work done. Having gone twice over last few years in times of emergency and been traumatised/let down each of those times i’m very reluctant to give it another shot. I am getting married next year which has me very self concious of my bad dental state now. I have several cavities, a few poorly done filings and quite yellowed teeth. I would really love to get everything fixed up however i also have a serious needle phobia which also doesn’t help! I saw you do gas sedation which is makign me hopefull you might be able to give me a smile worth smiling for back again. Could you please advice whether i would be eligible and what kinda prices filings and whitening would be roughly please. I don’t know if it matters or not but I also have a medical card. I hope you are able to help me as I’m feeling very unhappy with myself due to my teeth and the idea of people seeing the state of them or not being able to enjoy myself due to aches particularly on my wedding day next year.

    Thank you so much in advance.

    Kindest regards,
    Linda Blaas

    • admin says:

      Hey thanks for the mail.
      I hope I can help you. I have a range of techniques that might suit you in dealing with your fear. Well done for getting in touch. Unfortunately my work is not state funded so I do not take medical cards. A filling is normally between 100 and 200 euro depending on complexity, filling material etc. whitening ( home bleaching kits ) are about 250 though I would have to check that in the office and bleaching is not indicated for everyone. I hope you call in to the office and I can help you. If not good luck with your wedding, Kev

  26. steve says:


    I’m confined to a wheelchair due to having motor neuron disease. Can I go to your clinic for a regular check up and cleaning as there is some build up of tartar on my teeth. Can I ask how much it would cost.

    • admin says:

      Hey thanks for contacting me.
      You are welcome to call my office at hermitage dental on 016459555 to make an appointment. A consultation is normally 150 including intra oral X-rays. I hope that helps Kev

  27. Sinead Gilmartin says:

    Hi, I have a phobia of dental work. I had a tooth that broke a few years ago and has been crumbling away to noting ever since. I would like to have whatever work I need done but aside from phobia, I am also worried about cost. Can you advise please?

    • admin says:

      Hi – thanks for contacting me. I can help you. If you want to come in please contact my office and they can discuss cost with you.I look forward to meeting you;

  28. pamela says:

    Dear Sirs, I have a complete dental phobia which has led me to a positiin where i now urgently require general anaesthetic for an extraction. i hav had failed iv sedation whereby the tooth couldnt be removed due to my anxiety. is it possible to have consultation and extraction done on the same day? is there a waiting list ? Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hey, Unfortunately it does not work out to have an assessment and treatment under GA on the same day. If you want to come in for an assessment we would love to have you in the Hermitage. Please call us and make an appointment

      • pamela says:

        Thanks kev , ill contact the clinic, unfortunately its really hard to get the time off for 2 appointments due to my line of work but i wil do my best!it would hardly b possible to hav the consult by phone call to avoid 2 trips ? Thanks so much, pamela

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