Ashgrove Dental Clinic


Do you fall into any of the following categories?

Anxious, nervous or have a dental phobia?

Have had previous bad experience/unpleasant memories from childhood?

Find any experience of dental treatment uncomfortable?

Have a family member with special needs or disability?

Have a strong gag reflex?

Then sedation may be a preferred option for you.

Conscious sedation is a safe and effective way to help alleviate and control anxiety making dental treatment more comfortable for the patient. Both Dr Fearon and Dr Webb have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation at Dublin Dental University Hospital and have more than 10 year’s experience using various sedation techniques.

Types of Conscious Sedation at Ashgrove Dental Clinic

The dentist will carry out a thorough assessment and advise which technique is appropriate for you. We offer intravenous, inhalation and oral conscious sedation in the practice in accordance with the Irish Dental Council’s Code of Practice in Relation to the Administration of General Anaesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry. Dr Fearon and Dr Webb are qualified to carry out sedation and dental treatment at the same time, with no additional anaesthetist fee. A non-sedation trained dentist, wishing to provide treatment with sedation, would need to employ the services of an anaesthetist. In addition, public services for Dental Sedation are scarce, resulting in extremely long waiting times.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation (Over 16 years only)

Most types of dental treatment can be carried out using IV sedation, from simple cleaning to complex dentistry including implant placement. A small cannula is placed in the back of your hand or inside the elbow area and the sedative is administered. The patient is monitored carefully throughout.

Inhalation Sedation (suitable for children from 5 years up and adults)

Inhalation sedation involves breathing a mixture of gases (Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide) through a soft nosepiece. A certain level of co-operation is required in order to achieve maximum benefit. Inhalation sedation not only provides sedation but also has a pain relief effect. Inhalation sedation is safe and suitable for most patients.

Oral Sedation (Over 16 years only)

Oral medication may be prescribed to you if deemed appropriate at the assessment visit.

Dr. Sinead Webb

Clinical Dentist

Dr Sinead Webb graduated with honours from Trinity College Dublin in 1995. Following graduation, Sinead spend nine years working in family dental practices in the UK, including running her own successful general dental practice in Clane, Co. Kildare and went on to join the HSE Dental Department in Nass Hospital. Sinead gained considerable experience with children, adults with special needs and anxious/nervous patients. Sinead has devoted a considerable amount of her career to continuing her professional dental education unit. 

In 2011 Dr. Webb was awarded a distinction in Postgraduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation from Trinity College Dublin. She has helped many patients overcome their dental anxiety with the help of various types of dental sedation. Dr. Webb completed her Masters in Clinical Dentistry with a distinction in 2019. Dr. Webb is also a clinical supervisor in the Dental University Hospital in Dublin where she shares her experience with final year dental students. She is committed in maintaining the utmost highest professional standards of modern dentistry for all the family in a caring and friendly environment.

Dr. Johnny Fearon

BDS MDent Sc(Rest), MDent Ch (Pros), P Grad Dip (SEDS), MFDS RCS (Edin)

Dr Johnny Fearon is the Clinical Director. He is a specialist trained Prosthodontist and a Dental Sedationist. A ‘prosthodontist’ is a dentist who has undergone a recognised training programme in:

Advanced crown, veneer and bridge work
Implant dentistry
Removable dentures
Aesthetic dentistry

Dr Fearon has spent a considerable part of his career in specialist training. Having qualified with a BDS from The University of Manchester in 1993, Dr Fearon completed a 2-year full time Masters program in Leeds University, qualifying with a Masters in restorative dentistry. During his 2-year program he majored in Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment). He then went on to undertake a 3-year, full-time programme in Trinity College Dublin. He now specialises in Prosthetic and Implant dentistry. He is also a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

In 2009, Dr Fearon completed an 18-month post-graduate diploma in Dental Sedation at Trinity College Dublin, and is an accredited Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider. A ‘sedationist’ is a dentist who has undergone a recognised training programme in the administration of drugs which sedate anxious patients, or patients undergoing major dental treatment. Dr. Fearon is a member of the Irish Dental Association, Prosthodontic Society of Ireland and in 2013, he was honoured as a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry.