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


Emma Blake Corrigan

Emma joined the Dental Suite team in 2019. She brings with her, her skills using dental sedation, hypnosis and gentle patient care to our practice. Emma’s skills are a perfect match for the type of dentistry we promote at The Dental Suite with an emphasis on dental care for patients who find going to the dentist a particular challenge due to anxiety, sensory issues or phobia.

Emma graduated from Dublin Dental School, Trinity College in 1998 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry including sedation in 2012. She gained a diploma in Hypnotherapy in 2005 with the ICHP (Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy).

Emma started her dental career working with the NHS in the UK and during the past 20 years she has worked with the Public Health Services in Ireland, Australia and India providing dentistry for marginalized groups. Emma was the dentist for Dublin’s Homeless community for 10 years.

In the past 5 years Emma has studied methods of child behavior management related particularly to children with sensory issues and is committed to providing a positive experience for children at the dentist.


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