We Are Open!

We are fully open and seeing patients.
We have new safety procedures in place and all necessary PPE available. We have had to change how we work so we are operating a closed-door practice which means you won’t be able to enter the practice unless you have an appointment.

Please call us on 01275 817781 if you feel that you need an appointment or would like to talk to reception.


Please read through the information below for an idea of what it will be like when you come to see us.


• We will contact you before your appointment to go through important information. This will either be done over the phone or by email. Please do fill in any forms we send you before your appointment even if you have attended the practice recently.


• The window in the dental surgery may need be kept open during your treatment, as the weather is getting colder please dress appropriately

• Please attend your appointment alone unless you are accompanying a child or you require a carer

• When you arrive at the practice please wait in your car or by the front door and call to let us know you are here for your appointment

• Please leave any coats or bags in your car, there will be a box provided inside the practice if you have not travelled by car

• A nurse will escort you into the practice and ask you to sanitise your hands and to confirm your medical history

• The dentist and nurse will be wearing more protective equipment than normal, this is to protect both you and us, it is still us underneath!

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

COVID-19: An update for our patients

Since the authorities ruled that dentists could reopen on the 8th June we have been working tirelessly in order to ensure we can do this safely.

This involves carrying out a comprehensive risk assessment and sourcing the correct PPE, which is incredibly difficult. We would like to assure you we are doing all we can and will update you further as soon as possible.

One of our dentists will be available to give telephone advice for emergencies every day between 9am and 4pm. to access this, just telephone the usual practice number and follow the instruction.

In addition, one of our senior nurses will be available on the normal practice telephone line on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 4pm for oral health advice and sale of toothbrushes, TePes and toothpaste.

We need to advise now that once we return to business we will almost certainly have to levy a surcharge to cover the additional costs of the Covid procedures and PPE. However, we will cover these additional costs for our Smiletech and Denplan patients who have maintained their subscriptions during the shut-down.




There is nothing more beautiful than a confident smile


We now send SMS to remind of appointments. Please let us know if you would prefer this way of contact for reminders or our usual telephone call. You cannot reply to our SMS service.


We offer free initial consultations for all prospective implant patients – just call us to make an appointment. Even if you have previously considered implants but decided they are not for you, it may still be worth coming to talk to us – there are always new developments coming through.

If you would like to know a little more before coming to see us then we hope that you’ll find the following useful.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small screw or cylinder, made from Titanium alloy. It acts as a replacement ‘root’ of a tooth and can support a crown or bridge, or it can be used to secure dentures in place.

The implant system consists of:

The implant itself, which is inserted into the bone; the abutment, which is attached to the implant, and the crown or bridge, which attaches to the abutment.

Overall treatment time for a standard implant, from initial consultation to final fitting of the crown, is typically 6 – 9 months.

Additional use of implants is to anchor dentures, particularly in older patients where the gum has shrunk due to bone reduction. Instead of carrying a crown or bridge, the abutment incorporates a press stud that clips the denture in place.
There is also the “mini-implant” system, where the implant and abutment are incorporated into a single unit. These systems can be used where there is only a small gap to be filled or to retain dentures using the “press stud” fastener.


We believe in all our patients feeling at ease and taking the time to make you feel comfortable throughout your treatment journey. We offer two types of sedation for our patients. Below is some information on both options:

RA Inhalation: This is commonly known as ‘happy or laughing gas’ you will have try out appointments prior to going ahead with any treatment, so you are confident using this. You do not need an escort afterwards and can still carry on about your day. This option is really helpful with dental phobias and gag reflexes. It is our most popular option.

IV Sedation: This option can be used for our more nervous or phobic patients who prefer to not have as much awareness throughout treatment. You will need an escort after this treatment and there are precautions to follow for 24 hours afterwards.

Both Sedation options are very safe and easy to use. For any further information on either procedures please call the practice on 01275 817781 and one of our team will be more than happy to talk you through anything you would like to know.

At Combe Road we recognise that many people are nervous of visiting the dentist and having any form of treatment done. Our dentists are very sympathetic of this problem and are trained in several different techniques to help you to feel more comfortable during your visit.


Book today with Dr Julia Farmer for your orthodontic consultation. Find out more about how 6 Month Smile orthodontics can work for you. Short term treatment 6-9 months depending on your treatment case. Payment/Finance options available. Call today or email us at recall@portishead-dental.com.

If there is any way we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted which could include straightening of teeth, whitening or any other cosmetic treatment no matter how big or small, you can call us on 01275 817781 or send us an E-mail to recall@portishead-dental.com and one of our team will endeavour to help you. If you would like more information on our other services please visit our website, www.portishead-dental.com.


The Surgery is open 6 days a week Monday-Saturday. We aim to see emergencies the same day so if you have any problems please ring us at 9.00am.
If we are unable to offer you an appointment at a time that suits you please let us know.



We would like to congratulate Dr Nichola Hird on the arrival of her baby girl, Sofia. We would also like to give a warm welcome to our new trainee Dental Nurse, Krystyna. Chloe our most recent qualified Dental Nurse is now enrolled on her Oral Health Education course. Carly, one of our qualified Dental Nurses is also taking up the new role of Decontamination Lead for the practice and will start her level 2 qualification for this in September 2019. Well done team.

Combe Road Newsletter Spring 2018




We have been providing home whitening treatment for many years and are now offering another way of achieving whiter teeth. Tooth whitening is one of the easiest ways to enhance your looks. Many people say that they feel years younger after the treatment, having erased the effects of ageing, coffee, red wine and cigarettes.

In surgery whitening


This is a very simple and effective procedure for those who wish to whiten teeth quickly. It is done in the dental surgery and is very useful for those who are short of time and patience. We use the popular Zoom! system. Whitening gel is placed on your teeth and then activated by a light.  The Zoom! system is effective safe and incredibly fast; your teeth can look dramatically whiter in just 90 minutes!

As an introductory offer, if booked alongside or after a regular check-up our in-surgery whitening has 10% off, so is now only £495! This includes a simple clean and polish the take-home trays and whitening gel.



This virtually invisible way to straighten teeth features a series of clear, removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different and worn for around 2-3 weeks so your teeth are gently realigned. This effective straightening solution is ideal for adults who are not keen on wearing very noticeable metal braces.

Your bespoke Invisalign treatment plan will be conducted in advance using revolutionary computer software that may enable you to see the predicted outcome before you so much as pick up your first aligner. Each aligner is replaced approximately every two weeks gradually guiding your teeth into that straight smile you’ve always wanted. Each aligner is slightly different to allow room for movement as the teeth get closer to their new straight position.  Invisalign treatment starts from £2200.




Janet was away for January and part of February as she toured New Zealand with Roseanne, her flatmate from University days, and their husbands – Dick and John.  The men rode motorcycles, whilst Janet and Roseanne travelled together by car – with all the luggage.

Janet says  “We have been planning this trip for a few years but had to postpone it several times because of pressures of work.  However, we finally made it this year.  We were able to visit Dick’s 92-year-old aunt in Hamilton, North Island, before touring both North and South Islands”.

The highlight of the trip was the magnificent scenery, but Janet was also impressed by the friendliness of the people, the standard of facilities and the wide-open spaces.  Dick just loved the roads – the perfect place to travel by motorbike.




We have recently had a couple of patients who normally have very stable oral health but have developed new dental decay.  The only change to their diet was more fruit.  Fruit provides you with vital nutrients but grazing throughout the day will damage your teeth.

You shouldn’t stop eating fruit as these natural foods are part of a healthy diet, here are a few simple tips to keep your teeth healthy.

  • Don’t snack on fruit constantly throughout the day
  • Never suck on lemons, limes or any other highly acidic fruit
  • Use a straw when drinking fruit juice to stop it being in direct contact with your teeth
  • Rinse with water after eating fruit to dilute the acids in your mouth
  • Chew sugar free gum to neutralise acids
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth


Combe Road Newsletter November 2017



We will be open during the Christmas and New Year period for normal and emergency appointments. On Boxing and New Year’s Day there will be an Emergency Call Out service operating through a rota of local dentists. Please note that there is a charge of £200 for this call out service, unless you are a member of dental payment plan such as Denplan or Smiletech.

Toothache can ruin the holiday, so please contact us promptly if you think you have a dental problem – don’t put it off until it becomes an emergency. Also, if you have visitors over the holiday period, please remember that we are happy to see anyone with a dental problem and that our normal charges apply even at the weekends (unfortunately, this does not apply to the Emergency Call Out).

Our opening times will be as follows:

Saturday 23rd December – 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday 24th December – Closed
Christmas Day – Closed
Boxing Day – Emergency cover
Wednesday 27th December – 9.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday 28th December – 9.00am to 4.00pm
Friday 29th December – 9.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday 30th December – 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday 31st December – 9.00am to 1.00pm
New Year’s Day – Emergency cover
Tuesday 2nd January – 9.00am to 5.00pm


As of the middle of December Mei-An will be leaving the practice and we all wish her success and happiness in her new ventures. Nichola Hird is increasing her hours from January and will be with us all day Tuesday and from February all day Monday as well.

Our trainee dental nurses are both doing really well. Leanne Smith has completed her online study and in-house training and will sit her exam in April. Chloe Perry is also working really hard and is on track to sit her final exam in November next year.


Nichola Hird will be changing her weekend clinic from a Sunday to a Saturday from the beginning of January. Due to this unfortunately we will no longer be able to offer appointments every Sunday. If you require a Sunday appointment please speak to reception.

During November and December we are open 7 days a week as normal.


We took part in Portishead in Bloom this year by having two beautiful planters outside the practice. We took great care of them are we were very proud to be awarded third place!


We are always trying to be as efficient as we can so if you have a preference of whether we use your mobile or home number we to contact you please let reception know.


We are fortunate to be able to offer our ground floor surgery to patients who cannot manage the stairs. The ground floor surgery is normally used by Janet Barker, but we can move around if it is needed by another dentist’s patient. It would help us plan the use of the ground floor surgery if you could let us know when you book your appointment if you cannot manage the stairs.

Combe Road Newsletter May 2017



There have been some staff developments over the last few months. We have recently employed a Practice manager, Joanne Barker (no relation to Janet!). Joanne has been a dental nurse for 16 years and started at the practice a year ago as the nurse for our Sunday clinic which she continues to do alongside the administration of the practice.
There have also been a few developments with the nursing staff. Lara has moved to a practice in Bristol to gain experience working for the NHS. Liberty has completed her dental nurse training with us so has moved on to a qualified nurse position at a practice in Thornbury. We have welcomed a dental nurse, Carly Spink who has been a nurse since 2005 and will be working with us 4 days a week.


Dr Mei-An Hoe and Dr Nichola Hird are now well established as our weekend dentists providing both routine and emergency appointments. Mei-An also runs clinics on Mondays and Fridays. Nichola has recently started offering appointments from 5.30pm till 8pm on Wednesday evenings.


From June we are extending the cosmetic services we can offer. Alongside tooth whitening and anterior orthodontics (tooth straightening) Nichola Hird will be offering appointments for Botox (Botulinum toxin) and dermal filler treatments. Fully qualified in both advanced and basic Botox and dermal filler treatments she will also be offering treatment for excessive sweating


With summer on the way we have had an increase in the number of patients asking about tooth whitening. Until the end of August we are offering 10% off the price of tooth whitening, so instead of £300 it will be £270. This offer is available to existing and new patients (following a full dental exam).


Obviously the appearance of their teeth is very important to most people but more important than anything is the health of the teeth and mouth. We still offer all our patients a free appointment on our Patient Preventative Programme (PPP) with our qualified Oral Health Educators, Trudy and Lu. These appointments are fantastic for both adults and children. It is a relaxed hands off session and covers a wide variety of oral health issues relevant to each individual patient.


We do appreciate a good piece of art work at Combe Road. If you use the upstairs waiting room you will have probably noticed our lovely new quilted wall hanging, if you haven’t, feel free to go up and have a look. This was designed and made by a very talented local artist Janet Vaughan. If you would like any information about her work please ask at reception.


Combe Road Newsletter June 2016



We have some major changes in progress at the moment. Stephanie has been with us for 5 years and was the first employee we took on under the Government Apprenticeship scheme. She took a holiday in Thailand last year and has obviously caught the “travel bug”, so she has now gone travelling in Australia for a year. The 3 dentists who have been providing weekend cover are all moving for career development: Julia Farmer has a new post in Wincanton; Julie Wheeler is moving to London, and Jon Stenson is moving to Wells. We wish them all well in these new chapters of their lives.

We have one new dentist starting with us in June. Mei-An Hoe qualified from the Bristol Dental School in 2009. She has wide experience from working in a hospital maxillofacial department, in Community Dentistry and in NHS and private general practices. Mei-An will be providing cover on Saturdays. We are currently interviewing additional dentists to ensure we can maintain our weekend surgeries, but in the meantime Janet will be covering most Sundays herself.

Our hygienist Anne works Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays but her availability is limited and she is rarely able to work all 3 sessions every week. Consequently, we do sometimes build up quite a waiting list for hygienist appointments. To help, we have taken on an additional hygienist, Paula Jay. Paula qualified in 2004 and works at other practices in the Bristol area. Paula will be working with us on Thursdays and some Saturdays.

We are also welcoming Leanne Smith who will be working mainly in Reception. Leanne lives in Portishead and has also enrolled in a course with the Dental Nursing Academy, so she will also be spending some time in the surgeries to gain practical experience.


Patients often ask which tooth paste we recommend and whether there are any differences between them. We do not recommend any specific brands of toothpaste, but whatever brand you do prefer we always recommend a tooth paste for adults with 1400/1500ppm fluoride. For children of 3 years and older, tooth pastes should contain at least 1400ppm fluoride, but children under the age of 6 must be supervised to make sure they use no more than a smear of toothpaste on the brush.
In addition to fluoride tooth paste for general use, there are various tooth pastes aimed at specific problems. Some tooth pastes are quite strong-tasting and patients can experience tingling sensations when they use them – Oranurse is unflavoured and may be more suitable in these cases and Oral B also offer a mild mint range for sensitive mouths. Other tooth pastes, including Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief and Sensodyne, have been shown to reduce sensitivity to cold. Whitening tooth pastes work by removing external staining and do not actually lighten the shade of the tooth. We do stock “Whitewash Laboratories” toothpaste which does seem effective in preventing the build-up of stains.Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
We do stock some special-purpose tooth pastes but your dentist will tell you if they think these are appropriate for you. Also, we often have a range of free samples that you are welcome to take away and try.


As with most practices, we aim to offer as comprehensive range of treatments as we can within the scope of general dentistry. However, we also try to go that bit further than most in the level of services we offer. This includes:

• Patient Preventative Programme. All our patients are offered free dental hygiene sessions with Lu or Trudy, our trained Oral Health Educators.
• Weekend Surgeries. We have always offered late evening and Saturday morning appointments for our regular patients, but over the last 3 years we have also opened on Saturdays and Sundays for emergency appointments.
• Extraction Clinic. Many practices refer their patients to the Bristol Dental Hospital for tooth extractions that we would perform in-house for our own patients, and waiting lists for the Dental Hospital are long. We now offer a dedicated Extraction Clinic which is available for referrals from dental practices or for patients to approach us directly.
• Hygienist. Not all dental practices provide dedicated hygienist appointments, but now that we have taken on a second hygienist, we are able to offer appointments to patients of other practices. It was once a requirement for all patients to be seen by a dentist at the practice before making an appointment to see the hygienist, but this is no longer necessary. A half-hour appointment with our hygienist costs £46.

The weekend, emergency, surgeries, extraction clinic and additional hygienist appointments are all available to people who are not our regular patients, so please do let your friends and families know if you think they may benefit from these services.


You can request normal or emergency appointments via our website or by e-mail, but please note that we do not monitor these on a 24-hour basis. Requests submitted out of hours will be picked up at 9am the following morning and we will call you on the telephone number you provide. However, we do recommend that you use the telephone in preference to email if you want to be seen the same day.

Also, we have a ground floor surgery that is usually used by Janet; however, we can change around so that anybody who has difficulty climbing stairs can be seen downstairs by their usual dentist. Please do let us know when you book an appointment if you need this facility.