Dr Canavan graduated from Dublin Dental University Hospital in 1980. He is currently a part-time lecturer in orofacial pain management at the Dublin Dental University Hospital. He teaches orofacial pain management courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is also involved in continuing education programmes for practising dentists. He is an honorary clinical fellow at the Orofacial Pain Clinic in King’s College Dental School in London, and is currently the Assistant Editor of the Journal of the Irish Dental Association. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally to medical and dental groups on the topic of orofacial pain.
His postgraduate qualifications include a membership in general dental surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, a master’s degree in oral biology, and a specialist certificate in orofacial pain from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a diploma in conscious sedation in dentistry from Trinity College Dublin and in 2016, he was awarded an honorary fellowship from the International College of Dentists.
Dr Canavan is a past president of the Irish Pain Society and the Metropolitan Branch of the Irish Dental Association, and a former council member of the Irish Dental Association. He is the current president of the Irish Society for Dental Sleep Medicine and is a member of the European Society for Dental Sleep Medicine. He is currently a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and the European Academy of Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction (EAOPD)