Dr Stephen Des Clayes

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we want to inform you that the practice will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until the end of April and possibly longer. During this period we  will be running an emergency telephone triage/advise service for any patient who may require this Monday to Friday. We kindly request that only patients needing emergency advise leave messages on our answerphone.

We wish all our patients well and hope you all stay safe and look forward to seeing you once this crisis is over.

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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