Important Covid-19 information

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are currently providing care for all of our Bedfordshire patients at a number of locations, which at present are;

Dental Care Centre, Bedford – Tel: 01234 310210
London Rd Dental Clinic, Bedford – Tel: 01234 310427
Liverpool Road Dental Clinic, Luton – Tel: 01582 708121
Leighton Buzzard Dental Clinic – Tel: 01525 751104
Houghton Regis Dental Clinic – Tel: 01582 512612
Queens Park Dental Clinic, Bedford – Tel: 01234 310859
Marsh Farm Dental Clinic, Luton – Tel: 01582 707435            

In order to comply with stringent infection control practices, appointments are allocated to each clinic based on the type of care to be provided, rather than by patient location.

In order to comply with stringent infection control practices, appointments are allocated to each clinic based on the type of care to be provided, rather than by patient location.

If you would like to enquire about a dental problem, your dental care, referral or appointment, please contact your local clinic.  If your local clinic is not on the above list, please still call your local clinic number and you will be put through to a member of our team.

Attendance at a clinic is by appointment only to enable us to ensure adequate social distancing.

We have had to cancel routine care during the Lockdown period, and are currently re-establishing services, prioritising the most urgent care first. We will contact patients as and when we are able to see them, but please call us on the telephone number above if you have an urgent dental problem.

When you attend for an appointment at the clinic, please ensure you notify your clinic of your arrival.  You will then be given instructions on how you will enter the building.

You will be asked to wear a mask and to apply sanitizer to your hands before you come into the clinic. All patients will have had a telephone or video consultation with a clinician before their appointment and the exact nature of the treatment to be provided will be agreed during that call. It is important that you let us know during this call if you or any or anybody in your household has had symptoms of COVID 19 (persistent cough, high temperature, persistent loss of taste or smell). You will also be asked about any recent travel arrangements and confirm any existing isolation requirements.

The presence of symptoms or isolation requirements will not prevent you from accessing urgent care, but we will need to put suitable arrangements in place to minimise the risk of transmission.

To minimise personal contact, we ask that patients do not bring any non-essential items into the clinic, and that they are unaccompanied unless they require the presence of one carer or parent to attend. If you pay for your treatment, where possible, we will ask you to do this over the telephone.

The clinic

Houghton Regis

Houghton Regis Health Centre
Bedford Square Centre
Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis
LU5 5ES

Opening times

Monday8.50am – 4.45pm
Tuesday8.50am – 4.45pm
Wednesday8.50am – 4.45pm
Thursday8.50am – 4.45pm
Friday8.50am – 4.45pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Parking

Parking

Limited free parking is available in the public carpark opposite the Health Centre. Blue Badge parking spaces are available for patients visiting the Health Centre.

Public transport

Public Transport

You can find bus stops on Tithe Farm Road opposite the entrance to Bedford Square.

For details of public transport links please visit Public Transport Central Bedfordshire

 

Our services

Additional Needs

We know that some patients can have difficulties in accessing dental care. We’re here to give high quality treatment and a caring, understanding approach to children and adults with additional needs.

What services do you offer?

We are experienced in treating patients with a wide range of additional needs, supporting them and their families and carers through dental treatment.

We have ground floor clinics that are accessible to wheelchair users.  Some of our clinics have wheelchair recliners, hoists and bariatric dental chairs.

We provide a caring, understanding environment for patients with learning disabilities.

We build long-term relationships with our patients. We pride ourselves on our good communication with hospital services, social services, specialist learning disability services and special schools.

We provide dental care with:

  • Behaviour management techniques
  • Inhalation sedation
  • Intravenous sedation
  • General anaesthesia

Do you accept referrals?

We are a referral only service.

Oral Surgery

Some patients may be referred to our Minor Oral Surgery Service if they need dental care which cannot be provided by their regular dentist.

If your Dentist believes this is the best option for you, they will refer you to our services. Following this we will offer you an assessment appointment.

The term “Minor oral surgery” refers to smaller operations and includes removing wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, and severely broken-down teeth, as well as apicectomies, biopsies and other procedures.

This service is available to patients living in Bedfordshire and Luton, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire or Milton Keynes, on referral from their dentist. Patients are treated by a specialist oral surgeon in the comfort of a dental practice environment.

All treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic and patients are not put to sleep.

Assessment
At your first appointment with us you will be seen by a dentist who will assess your dental needs. You will be asked to provide information about your general health, including any medications you take and you will also be asked whether you pay for NHS dental treatment.

An assessment appointment usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes. After the dentist has checked your mouth and teeth, they will talk to you about any treatment needed. If treatment is needed the dentist will discuss the options available to you.

Specialist Team
Oral surgery is carried out by “dentists with a special interest in oral surgery” (DwSI) who have gained the necessary skills and experience by receiving training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Departments in hospitals and are all registered as specialists with the General Dental Council.