Nervous Patients

Our mission at Specialist Dental Services is to provide comfortable treatments in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere so that all patients feel relaxed and welcome. We are committed to providing such a high level of care that even patients with severe dental anxiety will find there is no need to avoid receiving treatment.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, we will strive to do everything we can to make your visit to our clinic as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Compassionate Staff


Although advanced dental sedation is an important part in treating you, we believe that having compassionate, kind and gentle staff goes a long way to helping to reduce dental anxiety too.


For this reason, we have put together a professional team that takes great pride in providing you a calming and supportive environment where you will feel comfortable. Each team member listens to your needs, which enables our consultants to tailor treatment with ease to your specific fears and concerns. We also strive to make sure all appointments are on time as we believe this can greatly reduce your stress as well.

At SDS, our anaesthetist, dentists, hygienists, and other team members are committed to providing outstanding dental care throughout your treatment with us.

Types of Sedation offered at SDS


We utilize several different types of sedation dentistry, this includes:


  • Oral sedatives

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Happy Gas or Inhalation sedation)

  • IV sedation (Intravenous)

If you require multiple appointments or longer procedures, using sedation can help you relax into a sleep-like state whilst treatment is carried out, without causing any further stress or discomfort.

If you require any additional information on our sedation options, you are invited to contact us on 0207 580 4200 or email where a member of staff will be able to assist you further.


General Anaesthesia


If you an anxious patient who requires dental treatment which cannot be completed under conscious sedation, then general anaesthesia may be an alternative for you.

Once you have been examined at your consultation appointment and treatment is discussed, it may be necessary to undergo your proposed treatment under a general anaesthetic.

Some of our consultants have admittance right to private hospitals across London should you require treatment under a general anaesthetic.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on

0207 580 4200.

Anxious Children


During your child’s first visit to see our consultant, Dr Sarah Shah, she will assess not only the treatment needed, but also the coping abilities of your child. If Sarah does not feel your child is able to cope with treatment, even under sedation then she will recommend general anaesthesia as an alternative, which will be carried out in hospital.


When your child needs a lengthy or technically difficult course of dental treatment, Inhalation Sedation (happy gas) is an accepted procedure in Paediatric Dentistry. At SDS Sarah Shah is specially trained in the administration of sedation on children.  It is carried out in the dental chair and helps to reduce anxiety.


At SDS, we have an excellent safety record in sedation procedures. We will always inform you about the benefits and risks of any dental treatment prior to starting.

"When I arrived at SDS I was upset and nervous about the amount of treatment I had ahead of me, but was immediately made to feel at ease, everything was explained to me clearly and I was given all the options so that I could make my own decision about my treatment plan - since then there have been no horrible surprises or hidden costs, this is a very open and honest practice. Mine has not been a straight forward process due to personal issues and the fact that I got pregnant half way through my treatment, from a personal point of view the team at SDS have simply been outstanding through what has been a very difficult time for me, I cannot thank them enough for their support. From a patient point of view I could not be happier with the outcome of my treatment, Shakeel is a miracle worker what he has achieved is amazing, I finally have the smile I always wanted - thank you SDS, one happy customer!"

- T. D -

Meet Our Experts

Dr Shakeel Shahdad

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Specialist in Periodontics, Endodontics, and Prosthodontics

Dr Sarah Shah

Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry

Dr Stephen Dover

Dr Deborah Bomfim

Consultant Specialist and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry

Dr Abdel Tawfik

Consultant Oral Surgeon

Dr Samy Darwish

Consultant in Oral Surgery and Specialist in Periodontics

Dr Kamran Ahmad

Consultant Anaesthetist

Veronika Jakovleva

Dental Hygienist and Therapist

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