Killiney Dental in Southside People:
Nestled along a row of houses on Churchview Road, sits Killiney Dental Practice. From your seat in reception, you can see the wide expanse of Kilbogget Park and the scalloped ridges of the Dublin Mountains. This portrait of green, captured like a landscape photograph, can play tricks on you as you wait. For a moment, you may even allow yourself to forget you are attending the dentists.
The surgery is co-owned by dentists, Gerald O’Connor and Rosemarie Maguire. Gerald, who is originally from Blarney, met Lisnaskea native Rosemarie when they were both working in the UK. In 2012, when they were holidaying in Ireland with their two young children, Tilly and Jack, they stayed in Enniskerry and instantly fell in love with the area.
The surgery in Killiney came up for sale soon after. The previous owner, Dr Greg Smyth, who had been practicing dentistry from the location since the 1980’s, was due to retire, and a deal was struck. The whole planning and refurbishing of the practice took two and a half years, a lot longer than both of them had ever imagined. Despite the delays in planning, however, the result has certainly been worth it.
The practice itself has been very tastefully designed. The green and grey tones create a calming and modern touch, and the downstairs reception area is strikingly bright. Outside the signage announces itself in a quiet and understated way. To the eye, the designers did a wonderful job in retaining the fabric of the original building while increasing the usability of the site.
As parents of three young children themselves, family was always at the forefront of Gerald and Rosemarie’s plans. There is now ramped buggy access, changing facilities and early morning opening times, and the reception area teems with arts and crafts to keep the little ones entertained.
For the technophile grown-ups amongst us, the dental equipment itself is noteworthy. Housed entirely on the ground floor, there are two state of the art dental surgeries, with digital 3D CT technology, low dose X-rays, intraoral cameras, and very informative website with an online booking option.
Treatment wise, the services provided at the clinic are broad and comprehensive. From general and cosmetic dentistry to root canal, braces, veneers and teeth whitening, they aim to do it all from here with a mix of visiting specialists and in-house dentists.
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Dr Gerald O’Connor is the principal dentist and owner of Killiney Dental. Dr O’Connor graduated with an honours dental degree from University College Cork in 1998. He has since worked as a general dental surgeon in the UK and Ireland and has over 20 years experience in the dental field, with a particular interest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr O’Connor is an active member of the Irish Dental Association, sitting on its Quality Patient Safety Committee, and is a Irish Dental Council registered dentist.