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Saturday Dental Hygienist

Our talented dental hygienist, Lucy Murray, now has a Saturday clinic once a month for any patients seeking dental hygiene treatments.

The St Albans clinic is open 9.00-2.00pm every month and new patients are welcome to join.

Lucy not only treats general hygiene patients but also patients suffering from gum disease, severe staining and implant patients.

Lucy frequently attends lectures and seminars by our local specialists to ensure she is up to date with the latest techniques in ensuring and maintaining oral hygiene.


Our air-conditioned surgeries are equipped with the latest tools which are customisable to each patients sensitivity levels. Please ensure you inform our team if you do suffer from teeth sensitivity so we can make preparations to accommodate your visit and make it as comfortable as possible.


for more information about Lucy and her ‘Fresh Breath’ clinic click here
If you would like to book online click here

Or if you wish to contact our team for a callback please click here.

We look forward to welcoming you to High Oaks Dental Practice.


N.B. Advanced payment is required to confirm all saturday appointments.

We require at least 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel and rebook your appointment.

7 Ways to manage Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common problems dental patients have. Tooth sensitivity can affect just one tooth or all teeth. Most people experience sensitivity when drinking hot, cold, sweet or sour, and that pain quickly spreads deep into nerve endings of your teeth.


Causes of Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity arises when gums recede and expose the underlying dentin. Dentin is the soft layer of tooth located beneath tooth enamel. There are thousands of tiny tubes within the dentin leading to the tooth’s pulp and nerve center. These tubes allow sensations of hot and cold to reach the nerve, causing sudden pain. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a multitude of things including wear and tear due to brushing too hard, tooth decay, gingivitis leading to gum recession, chipped or broken teeth, teeth grinding, tooth whitening products, age, plaque buildup, and eating acidic foods. The big take away is that all of these factors listed expose dentin, which ultimately can cause tooth sensitivity.


Toothpaste Choice

Making the correct choice in toothpaste is paramount. Avoid any smokers/whitening toothpastes. These can often make the situation worse.  Toothpastes containing Potassium Nitrate and Flouride is the secret ingredient which helps reduce or eliminate sensitivity in the majority of patients. Enlighten tooth serum and Sensodyne repair and protect tend to be the products of choice in combatting this problem.

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If your teeth persist to be severely sensitive after several days your dentist can help solve the problem. Bonding can be applied to cover exposed root surfaces as well as varnishes. These methods will protect the dentin and prevent any irritants from causing any pain.


  1. Practice good oral hygiene, this can help prevent conditions such as gum disease, which can cause receding gums
  2. Use a toothpaste specially formulated – toothpastes containing potassium nitrate such as Sensodyne Repair and Protect and Enlighten tooth serum.
  3. Don’t brush too hard, electric toothbrushes have pressure indicators
  4. Use a soft toothbrush -preferably one designed especially for sensitive teeth
  5. Avoid acidic foods – that can wear away tooth enamel, such as wine, vinegar, soft drinks
  6. Avoid grinding your teeth – or clenching during the day. Ask you dentist about a mouthguard for night time use.
  7. See you dentist for regular check-ups – dental care recommendations and advice for your sensitive teeth

Online Booking for New Patients St Albans now available

High Oaks Dental have teamed up with Toothpick.comtoothpick-logo-plain-transparent

to provide a facility for NEW patients in St Albans to book appointments with our dentists and hygienists online.


Online booking for Hygiene appointments

Currently, this facility is only for NEW PATIENTS with the choice of all available hygiene appointments with our hygienist Lucy Murray, including her Saturday diary. When booking an appointment you will be asked to pay the £45 fee online. This will pay for your hygienist appointment or pay towards your Air Jet Polish. Click here to see the excellent results of an Air Jet Polish.

If you are an existing patient and see an appointment slot you wish to book we ask you email us on or contact our reception team on 01727 893 430.


Online booking for Dental appointments

This facility is for NEW PATIENTS who wish to book a dental appointment with either Dr Shilan Shah or Dr Shail Patel for a PRIVATE DENTAL CONSULTATION. These appointments are for their evening and weekend diaries. On booking an online appointment you will be contacted by our reception team to confirm your booking. A fee guide for treatments is available here.

Free consultations are available for braces, facial aesthetics and implants (not with our specialist) with a £20 refundable deposit*.

Unfortunately, online booking is not available for patients seeking NHS treatments yet – but we are working on it.


We hope this new facility is welcomed by patients in St Albans, Hertfordshire and helps improve access for patients.


*This deposit is payable on making the consultation appointment and will be fully refunded after the consultation or can go towards the treatment if you wish. The deposit will not be returned should you fail to attend your consultation.

Nervous Patients should fear no more!

Nervous patients are becoming more common. Whether it is fear from one aspect or the whole experience our dentists at High Oaks Dental are experienced in calming, safe techniques and pain-free dentistry to ensure all experiences are relaxed and enjoyable.

Now all nervous patients in St Albans can have high quality dentistry they deserve to maintain a healthy mouth and smile at our safe and relaxing practice.

Our dentists have treated countless anxious and phobic patients over the years and it is safe to say that no one is the same. Each patient has their own experiences and reasons for their anxiety. We work together to establish how to overcome these so you can be comfortable in the dental chair.

What to expect at your first dental visit?

At your initial visit we will discuss your dental issues, your expectations and briefly the services we offer which may help you to accept treatments. We then undertake a fully dental examination where we check you teeth, gums and soft tissues. We will likely take some x-rays to help in establishing if there are any problems. After this we will talk some more about the options available.

Treatment plans are bespoke for each patient, and during all treatments, the patient is in control during their treatment and the pace of their treatment.

Our practice has invested in all the latest equipment and communication tools to ensure our patients fully understand each aspect of their treatment and their treatment is pain-free and effective.

We hope you have found this informative, and gives you the confidence to visit one of our friendly team.

Remember the first visit is the first step towards a healthy mouth. And a healthy smile is a happy smile

For more information about our phobia certifications and reviews click here



Saturday Hygienist St Albans Hertfordshire

From January 2016, High Oaks Dental St Albans are pleased to announce to all patients that our hygienist, Lucy Murray will be opening her ‘fresh breath hygiene’ clinic on Saturdays.

Now you can visit our hygienist on a Saturday, at a more convenient time and get your teeth stain free, and get your gums healthy.

Regular hygiene visits can prevent gingivitis and gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss.

For more information about how you can benefit from a hygiene visit please click here

So make your New Years Resolution to visit our hygienist.

A healthy smile is a happy smile.

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