Dr Stephen Des Clayes

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If you need dental advise or an appointment please continue to call or email the practice.  

NHS appointments are in very high demand and we may be unable to offer appointments for non urgent treatment and waiting times for NHS treatments may be several weeks.

We are currently prioritising our existing patients and are  currently only taking on new private patients 

Tips to help manage dental problems until you can see a dentist:

Click on the following link Managing Toothache at Home (pdf document)


Before moving to Sawbridgeworth I worked in a London practice and abroad as a Chief Dental Officer for a province in Papua New Guinea. This experience proved very useful when I took over the practice in 1990, as it has equipped me to continually improve both the care and quality of treatment we offer.   I am firmly committed to the practice providing NHS dentistry for all those that need it. I see children (who are registered with me) and disabled patients on the NHS, both at the practice and at their home if they require. My primary focus, however, is on private dentistry because it better enables me to pursue excellence when freed from the constraints of NHS rationing. Private dentistry allows more time for consultation, and treatment with a much wider range of materials and procedures, achieving the best possible results.   My 30 years in practice has taught me that it is possible to retain a complete and healthy set of teeth throughout the whole of your life. I see helping you achieve this as the most important part of my job. I do not believe in quick fixes that won’t last, but strive for quality results that will last a lifetime. I strongly believe the practice has a responsibility to the community we serve. We therefore support local fundraising and have developed links with Sawbridgeworth schools where we offer oral health advice to pupils. We have implemented a number of initiatives such as recycling and reducing our energy consumption to minimize our impact on the environment
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