Adjunct Professor in Orofacial Pain Medicine

BDSc (UWA), MS, Cert Orofacial Pain [UCLA]


Diplomate of American Board of Orofacial Pain

Dr Robert Delcanho is an internationally recognized authority on TMJ and Orofacial Pain, with over 25 years of experience   He has trained and worked with world renowned specialists in the USA, Europe and Asia. His practice is restricted exclusively to treating people with Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ-jaw) problems and the dental appliance management of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.


Dr Delcanho originally trained as a dentist at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1978. For the next 13 years he built up a highly successful general dental practice. He developed a strong interest in Temporomandibular Disorders /Orofacial Pain and in 1993 completed a 2 year Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction Post Doctoral Program at the UCLA Pain Management Centre in Los Angeles, California. Under the supervision of Professor Glenn Clark, he simultaneously completed a Master of Science in Oral Biology, studying haemodynamics in chronically painful jaw muscles.

Dr Delcanho returned to Australia in 1993 and began the first private practice in Australia restricted to Orofacial Pain, Temporomandibular Disorders and Dental Sleep Medicine. He was the first Australian to qualify for, and then pass the stringent examinations leading to becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Most recently, he has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, it's highest honour. In recognition of his knowledge and experience he was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Only four dentally qualified Fellows have been admitted to the Faculty.

Dr Delcanho has published scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, written chapters for textbooks, and acted as reviewer for papers submitted to a number of scientific journals. He has been appointed Clinical Associate Professor at the Dental School, University of W.Australia, having taught at both undergraduate and post-doctoral levels. More recently he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Orofacial Pain Medicine at the Medical School, University Notre Dame Australia. He has been invited to lecture at local, national and international based conferences. As an internationally recognised authority he has provided expert opinion to Courts and Dental Boards on matters related to Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders.

Dr Delcanho is a member of many professional organizations related to Pain, including the Australian Pain Society, International Headache Society, American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain, of which he is the immediate past President.


Dr Delcanho has had a special interest in Dental Sleep Medicine since 1991 successfully treating many patients suffering snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea related problems.  He has also lectured locally, nationally and internationally on this subject. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and is a founding member of Australian Sleep Association - Orofacial Special Interest Group.



Dr Delcanho was invited to lecture at the International Conference on Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders (ICOT) which was held in Las Vegas.  Over 600 specialists from around the world attended Professor Delcanho’s lecture entitled Neurotoxin (Botox) use in Orofacial Pain and TMDs. Professor Delcanho is considered an international authority on the use of Botox for Orofacial Pain conditions.

MAY 2014

Dr Delcanho attended the Orofacial Pain/TMD Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona USA. The latest scientific information was presented to over 300 specialists from around the World. Ony 5 Australians were in attendance.



Dr Delcanho was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. This honour is only awarded to Members of the Academy whom have demonstrated a minimum of five (5) years of an exceptional understanding of the treatment of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain through graduate or post graduate training, research or clinical experience,  graduated from an advanced university-based orofacial pain program and have passed the American Board of Orofacial Pain Examination.


JULY 2015