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Dr Dermot Canavan

Practice limited to management of orofacial pain disorders, snoring and dental sleep medicine

Changes in our practice due to the Covid-19 outbreak

Answer: Yes, but to a limited extent

Answer: Please phone our office on 01 2863040.  If your call is not answered promptly please leave a message and we will call you back. Alternatively you can email Dr Canavan’s secretary at drcanavan@eircom.net
Answer: In our Bray clinic there can only be one patient in the building at a time. When you arrive for your appointment please phone us to let us know you have arrived.  We will bring you in for the appointment once the previous patient has left the building and the surgery has been thoroughly disinfected.

Arrangements for our clinic at the Northbrook Clinic are similar. Once the appointment is confirmed you will be given instructions on how to enter the clinic.

Answer: Preferably yes but the letter is not essential.
Answer: Yes.  Patients who are medically compromised or those showing symptoms of infection will be advised not to attend.  This will be discussed with you at the time the appointment is being made. Likewise, some problems do not require urgent attention and can be safely postponed until the threat of viral infection has passed.
Please attend alone where possible.  Of course, we understand some patients will need the assistance of a friend or family member to attend.

Please pay by credit/debit card where possible.  We would prefer not to handle cash if possible.


Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00
5 Fitzwilliam Terrace, Strand Road, Bray.
All correspondence to this address.
Northbrook Clinic, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

 01 286 3040


Welcome to my practice website. I have dedicated my professional life to the management of patients suffering from persistent oral, facial and headache pain. Some of these conditions may be associated with injury or disease, while others may be linked to dental issues. Management of these disorders is frequently based on a multidisciplinary approach and we work closely with our colleagues in neurology, ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery, maxillofacial surgery, etc. Our clinics also treat patients with snoring and sleep apnoea. The diagnosis of sleep apnoea is made a by medical sleep specialist but oral appliances are often effective in the management of this condition.

If you wish to make an appointment, please contact us by phone or email. It is our preference that patients have a letter of referral from a dentist or doctor but we also welcome patients who contact us directly.

Jaw clicking

The term temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) refers to a group of disorders that affect the jaw joints and the associated jaw muscles. Although patients often assume that all these problems are the same for each patient, the reality is that many different types of jaw joint disorder can occur.


Muscular pain

Sometimes muscle pain can be difficult to distinguish from toothache and when properly diagnosed, generally stretching and exercise is a help to the patient.



Migraines affecting the face and oral cavity may last from four to 72 hours and are generally unilateral (one sided). A big issue here is the potential for overuse of simple painkillers.


Make an appointment



09:00 – 17.00


(01) 286 3040