What makes us different?

Our team is constantly working to make dental care a positive experience for our patients. We are all involved in continuing professional development on a regular basis and strive to ensure we are one step ahead, offering a high quality and comprehensive service for our patients.

Our practice is one of the only surgeries in the country offering conscious sedation for general dental care and people travel from far and wide to access this service.

In January 2013 we were awarded Ireland’s Most Sensitive Dentist 2012 which we believe reflects the hard work and dedication our team shows to each and every individual we treat. See our Awards section for more information on this prestigious achievement.

 Meet the team!


Gillian Smith

B.A., B. Dent. Sc., MFD RCSI, P. Grad. Dip. Con. Sed.

Gillian (Jill) is the principal dentist and owner of The Dental Suite; she qualified from Trinity in 2008 and went on to work in the Dublin Dental University as a Junior House Officer and a Senior House Officer in Special Care Dentistry. Jill completed a postgraduate diploma in Conscious Sedation in Dentistry in 2011 and is currently furthering her studies in the area of Facial Pain Management.

Jill is particularly good at treating children, special needs patients and nervous dental patients. She was awarded Ireland’s Most Sensitive Dentist of the Year in 2012 for the treatment of a very nervous, autistic patient. Jill is heavily involved with the Irish Dental Association and has been on both national radio and TV discussing oral health care. She is a member of the council of the Irish Dental Union, is the secretary of the Irish Society for Conscious Sedation in Dentistry and sits on the committee for the Irish Society of Disability and Oral Health, the Irish Dental Benevolent Committee and the Delphi panel for Special Needs Dentistry in Ireland.

Jill is heavily involved with The Sunshine Fund, a special works conference of St. Vincent de Paul.

Dermot Canavan

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Dr. Dermot Canavan has a practice limited to the management of orofacial pain complaints.

He treats a wide range of facial pain problems including jaw joint disorders. Dr. Canavan also treats snoring and sleep apnoea with mandibular advancement devices.

Dr. Canavan and his team are based in The Dental Suite on a Tuesday and Thursday and at the Northbrook Clinic, Ranelagh on Fridays. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Canavan please visit his website www.drdermotcanavan.ie

Aysha Akbar Khan


Dr Aysha Akbar Khan is a general dentist and an associate here at The Dental Suite. She obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from University College Cork , during which she was made a college scholar for academic achievements. Following graduation she continues to expand her education by participating in continuous professional development, taking a special interest in aesthetic dentistry and restorative work. Aysha is also a member of the Irish Dental Association.

In 2016, Aysha and the rest of the team here at The Dental Suite were nominated for Most Sensitive Dental Team for their attentive care to patients.

As a dentist, she has taken a strong interest in providing a relaxed and friendly environment for all. She has worked in conjunction with Dr Gillian Smith to provide dental treatment for nervous patients.  In her spare time, Aysha enjoys drawing, painting, Pilates and exploring the great outdoors of Wicklow and Dublin.

Aysha also speaks fluent Malay and Chinese.


Sarah Troute


Sarah is the dental hygienist at The Dental Suite; she qualified in 2002 from the Dublin Dental University Hospital in Trinity College Dublin.

Sarah works part-time in The Dental Suite and part-time in the Dublin Dental University Hospital supervising dental hygiene students. Sarah also works on the Special Care Clinic in the Dublin Dental Hospital treating patients with a wide variety of special needs. In her spare time Sarah is very interested in horse riding.

Jessica Veale


Jessica qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 2015 and she loves working as a dental hygienist. She has a lot of experience working with and treating children, teenagers, adults, the elderly and those with special needs including nervous patients.

Jessica finds working as a dental hygienist very enjoyable and gets great job satisfaction when she sees an overall improvement in a patients oral health.

Jessica first trained as a dental nurse in 2010 and completed a certificate in Dental Radiography in 2012 prior to training as a dental hygienist.

Jessica is a “Bray native” and takes every opportunity to walk with her four legged friend Tommy in our beautiful town and county.


Our Patients tell their story!

“As a very nervous patient terrified of dentists, I was immediately put at ease by Gillian and her team. I opted for sedation and haven’t looked back since. I have recommended The Dental Suite to family and friends as they are extremely professional and understanding. I can honestly say I have overcome my fear of dentists, thanks Gillian & Team.”

Derek Scanlon

“My son Jonathan who has a severe mental handicap, had to have his wisdom tooth out. Although he has a medical card there was a six month waiting list with the HSE. A very kind HSE dentist recommended The Dental Suite. It was the best thing I was ever recommended. They explained everything about Conscious Sedation in great detail to me. A week later with no fuss or anxiety on Jonathan’s part, the tooth was out. He has been back a second time to have some fillings and his teeth cleaned, also under Conscious Sedation. I would have no hesitation in recommending this method to other parents with handicapped children, or indeed anyone who has a fear of the dentist.”

Christine Kiernan

“I would recommend The Dental Suite to any anxious patient. Their professionalism and friendly reassurance makes any appointment relaxed. They offer conscious sedation which I fully endorse as the perfect aid to caring for my teeth!”

Gayle Anderson

“For far too many years I’d avoided the dentist for the simple reason I had such pain from stress during dental procedures. Having the option of sedation at The Dental Suite hugely appealed to me. It was such an easy experience and has now totally changed my care for my teeth. No longer am I afraid, it was the best thing I ever did! Now… well my teeth have never looked so good as finally I can care for them and without stress.”

Kathryn Mason

“I was so delighted upon attending The Dental Suite for a consultation. I felt thoroughly satisfied that I was in excellent hands; everything was explained to me in a clear and friendly manner. I don’t wait for a toothache to visit the Dentist anymore, and get regular teeth cleaning and checkups. It’s one less worry in life knowing you have a great Dentist that you can trust!”

Julie Anne Ring