Dr Stephen Des Clayes

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Latest announcement by the government in the news that dentist can open on the 8th June 2020.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been clear that our first priority is the wellbeing of our patients and staff and this continues to be the case. As a result, the practice will only be reopening once we are satisfied that we have all of the necessary processes and personal protective equipment in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

Dentists were not given any notice of our reopening date and the information was only received via the daily briefing.  We are working around the clock to get protocols and procedures in place based on the latest guidance made available.

We will contact patient via email with more information about when the practice will reopen and will also be updating the website. In the meantime, please do not attempt to make a new appointment or attend the practice in person for any reason unless you are asked to do so. If you need advice, or if you are in need of urgent dental treatment, you should continue to call the practice and leave a voicemail. One of the dentists will return your call and be able to help.

We are determined to support patients who need care as quickly as possible and will be opening the practice to provide further treatments as soon as we are safely able to do so. We will keep you fully informed throughout this process

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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GDC Registration No: 
53754