Dental Care Ireland Claregalway

Dental Care Ireland Claregalway – formerly Claregalway Dental Surgery are dedicated to providing our patients with healthy, confident smiles and in the process of doing our work, we hope to give you something to smile about.

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  • Dr Martin McCarthy
    Principal Dentist
    Principal Dentist
    Dentistry wasn’t Martin first career choice having received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science he took a post as a secondary school teacher in Cork. However, after a few years teaching Martin decided on a career change and went back to college as a mature Student to study Dentistry. Martin graduated in 1984 with an Honours Degree from University College Cork. He relocated to the UK for 7 years where he gained valuable experience during this time. Martin returned to Galway in 1990 where he worked in Galway City for 12 years before setting up Claregalway Dental Surgery in 2002. Martin developed a keen interest in endodontics and carries out the majority of root canal treatments at the practice. Martin has attended numerous continuing educational programmes in rotary endodontics and restorating implants.

    He is friendly, gentle and compassionate. He is a genuine, unassuming character who not only loves to talk (even when he’s behind schedule), but he is also a great listener who is very approachable.

    Martin’s passion is to promote the long-term well-being of his patients and he has a caring demeanour which puts his patients at ease. Martin likes to take his time with each Patient, he is passionate about giving the Patient the results they deserve, and the motivation and skills to ensure the long-term health of their mouth. He is committed to helping his patients achieve a natural, functional and beautiful smile, for example using the latest techniques to, whiten and reshape teeth. His calm and friendly demeanour is appreciated by his patients, who find his relaxed manner helps to ease any anxieties they may have.

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  • Dr Darragh Byrne
    A native of Oranmore, Darragh travelled to Scotland to study dentistry and graduated from the University of Dundee. He subsequently worked in a city centre practice in Edinburgh where he further developed his skills. During this time he obtained his vocational trainee certificate and undertook numerous continuous professional development courses. Darragh returned to Galway in the summer of 2017 where he took up his position with us in Claregalway.
    Darragh first became interested in dentistry after numerous dental accidents when playing sport as a teenager – as a result he underwent numerous complex treatments. This gives him a great insight into dental treatment from a patient’s perspective and allows him to help his patients through treatment.
    As a general dentist, he enjoys all aspects of dentistry and aims to create a warm friendly atmosphere with all his patients. He especially enjoys treating nervous patients by guiding them through the treatment process and helping them overcoming their fears. Darragh will listen to his patients’ worries and addresses these before starting any treatment.

    Darragh carries out routine dental procedures as well as more complex procedures such as root canal fillings, crowns, bridges and restoring implants. He undertakes cutting edge aesthetic treatments such as ICON for removing white staining on front teeth. Darragh will explain all treatment options thoroughly with his patients and talk them through the cost of each of these.

    Apart from dentistry, Darragh has a keen interest in many sports both locally and nationally. Darragh has played hurling and football for Oranmore Maree Gaa club since he was a child and enjoys going to the gym, hill walking and socializing with friends. He is a keen traveler and has volunteered in an orphanage in Nepal as well as travelling to help children in Tonga and The Cook Islands as a dental student.

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  • Dr Laura Kennedy
    Having completed her first year of a radiography degree in University College Dublin, it was then that Laura realised she would much rather a career in dentistry, where the patient's needs are the biggest focus. Laura received an Honours Degree in Dentistry from University College Cork in 2015, after which she relocated to Galway from Cork in June 2015 where she took up an associate dental position with us. With such a large patient base Laura has gained valuable experience during her time working with us, and has built up a great rapport with her patients.

    Laura thrives on treating nervous patients, often choosing to use the first visit as a consultation only to get to know the patient, and for the patient to feel comfortable with her. Laura strongly believes that taking the extra time to discuss and explain treatments options with all patients, particularly the nervous ones, will save time and anxiety in the long run. Laura has such a gentle and caring personality. She is considerate, courteous, friendly and helpful. She is highly regarded as a sensitive and patient dentist who has a loyal patient base returning to her on an on-going basis. Laura thoroughly enjoys working with nervous patients, not only to complete their treatment, but to work through their fears relating to dental treatment; she was nominated by her patients for a Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year Award 2017 as a result.

    Laura is a keen advocate for preventive dentistry, emphasising frequent cleanings, patient homecare, including tooth brushing and flossing, and timely intervention as this is the best way to eliminate many of the that problems patients experience. Laura feels that early recognition and counselling on habits which might be negatively influencing your health, such as poor diet and smoking, may help create more successful treatment outcomes.

    Laura also thoroughly enjoys treating children, and making their early experiences with the dentist happy ones, as well as treating the elderly and gaining insight into their lives and experiences. Laura attends many continuing educational programmes, from hands on courses to lecture series. She has also given several talks to schools and preschools on the importance of oral hygiene. Laura has also taken part in a number of Free Oral Cancer Check events as part of the annual Mouth Cancer Awareness Day, including working with Cope Galway in 2017 to give free oral cancer examinations to excluded groups in society, including the homeless.

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  • Dr Sinead Cooney
    Sinead graduated as a Dental Surgeon in 2010 with an Honours degree from Trinity College Dublin having won the prestigious Trinity Scholarship Award in 2nd year (2007). Sinead is also a qualified Physiotherapist (2002) with 3 years working as professional Physiotherapist. After qualifying as a dentist Sinead worked in the Dublin Dental Hospital where she gained valuable experience in the treatment of dental emergencies, oral surgery, endodontics, special care and the care of children. Sinead returned to Galway in the autumn of 2011 to join the Claregalway Dental Surgery team and work alongside her father Martin. As well as attending many continuing educational programmes Sinead has completed her Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) exams.
    Sinead is highly regarded as a sensitive and patient dentist. Sinead is caring, considerate, enthusiastic, pleasant, kind hearted and sincere all these make her a great person to be around. Sinead believes in conservative and preventative dentistry all focused around the individual patient. She is experienced in all aspects of general dentistry and enjoys the variety of work in general practice and the interaction with her patients.

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  • Dr Grainne Hurley
    Grainne graduated from University college Cork with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery  having previously obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. She has been working as part of the Claregalway team since July 2017.

    Grainne enjoys all aspects of dentistry but has a particular passion for preventative and restorative dentistry. Having previously worked in an inflammatory research area gives her an insight into the causes of  oral diseases which are preventable and she enjoys educating patients with regards good oral hygiene.  She is understanding of nervous patients and takes the time to listen to their phobias and concerns, and will work with the patient  towards giving them their smile and confidence back.

    Grainne attends regular continuing professional development training to keep skills up to date which includes a certificate of completion of basic implant restorations.

    Outside of dentistry, Grainne enjoys taking part in adventure races and hiking. During her time in University she was the sports representative of the dental society and was always motivating and encouraging people to take part in a variety of events. Grainne brings these traits to the dental practice which helps patients feel more comfortable and at ease.

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