This site is intended to assist the patients of our dental practice by publishing our patient information resources. The information on this site is intended as an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, a visit to the dentist. Only by visiting the dentist can comprehensive advice, a proper examination, and correct treatment be obtained. The advice should not be treated as definitive, as circumstances differ from case to case.

The information on this site is that contained in our patient information handouts, which are supplied to our patients at the appropriate time. However, some of this information may be of use when unable to attend the dentist. An appointment must be made to attend for treatment.

Comments on the web site are welcome at our e-mail address:



COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As healthcare workers in dental services, we must act to protect our patients, while also safeguarding our own health.   We are following the most recent guidance of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre ( to ensure your safety and ours.

Although the Covid 19 pandemic seems to be receding and many public health measures have been relaxed, we continue to be vigilant in the interests of our patients and ourselves.  The measures adopted and systems strengthened because of the pandemic served us well with not a day of practice lost.  This is why we will continue to practice caution.

You should not attend the practice if you are unsure about your COVID-19 status, if you are in a vulnerable group, or if you have any of the symptoms associated with the virus, without first calling your doctor and confirming that it is alright for you to visit the dentist.

The symptoms are a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever (high temperature) or chills, fatigue, headaches, sore throat, aches and pains, and a loss of the sense of smell or the sense of taste.

Every precaution is being taken in the practice to maintain a safe environment for our patients and ourselves. Should any of the practice staff develop symptoms of the virus the practice will close to allow for the recommended actions to be taken to stop other people from getting it.

Controlling the spread of the virus involves a whole new level of cross-contamination control, with the requirement for more Personal Protection Equipment. It also involves more patient screening, more rigorous control of patient numbers and more time-consuming cleaning procedures.

We hope that our patients will understand that new ways of attending the dentist and what happens once you are at the surgery are in everybody’s best interest and will be patient as we begin this journey into the Post Covid World together!

To arrange an appointment to visit us please telephone in advance in order to comply with the HPSC guidance and to make your visit as easy as possible. 

Your cooperation is much appreciated.

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Toothtime is a business name in the Republic of Ireland, registered to F.X.O’Brien, a general dental practitioner, in Galway. The practice was founded in 1943 by F.X. O’Brien, B.D.S, N.U.I, at Victoria Place, Galway, and is carried on today by his son, F.X. O’Brien, B.Dent.Sc, Dubl, M.F.D.S., Dip.P.C.D., R.C.S.I., at Forster Street, Galway. We very much view ourselves as Dental Health Facilitators, nor Enforcers! The name is derived from the practice logo (a registered trademark), which represents the clocks that hang in our waiting room and surgery.

The clocks were executed to our own design by Mike Weerakoon, an artist in steel and other materials working in Galway.

The colour pictures on this site are details from the works of Kelly McEntee, except for the diptych which is "Intersection I" (2006-7) by Kevin Mooney (  All of these works hang in the practice. The black and white illustration is taken from a set of prints which have hung in the practice since its foundation.


Please use the telephone, not an e-mail message, to make an appointment:

It is more efficient and easier to arrange a time suitable to you.