When God handed out 'dental health' (not to mention 'patience'!) I must have been last in line, as I seem to have required far more than my fair share of intervention over the years.

As a notoriously highly strung, 'jumpy' patient, I do feel infinitely fortunate and grateful to have been in the care of Dr Aamir Hyder since 2001 when he joined the NHS practice I attended. Beyond his immediately impressive hands-on capability and ready awareness of state-of-the-art trends, protocols, and developments in the field, it is Aamir's exemplarily sensitive patient-handling and communication skills that truly make him unique. In well over a decade, I have experienced nothing other than the utmost professionalism and integrity, gentleness, understanding, patience, respect, as well as great humour, and a genuine interest in me on the wider plane of family, profession, etc.

In my case, Aamir furthermore continues successfully to overcome the challenge of dental complications arising from an underlying chronic condition diagnosed in 2004. Hence while I would be lying if I pretended that I 'enjoy' dental treatment, I most definitely feel significantly less apprehensive of it as a result of the combined above factors. Besides the inevitable cost increase considerations and greater travelling distance, I therefore had no hesitation in 'following' him when he moved into private practice in 2009. Whitchurch Smiles combines the 'homely' atmosphere of a small, cosy, practice within a venerably mature building, with the most state-of-the-art technical equipment – including even a flat screen TV above the patient's head (I suspect that heart-stopping sport has to be switched off at times to prevent involuntary jaw movements!).

In summary, not only do I invariably highly recommend my Dentist to anyone who might enquire, but I would likewise do so to anybody seeking a highly skilled practitioner, with a fantastic personality and manner, and an integrity beyond question. Mrs T. Ball

I was met with a smile at reception by a friendly face and that vibe continued throughout my appointment. The dentist was kitted out with new equipment and Mr Hyder was precise and reassuring in his actions. The experience was pleasant, if a dentist can really be that, with the added bonus of ceiling TV to watch while having my teeth sorted. Top marks! Mr M. Langford

I would just like to say that the care and experience at Whitchurch Smiles has been excellent. Being an exceedingly nervous patient you, your team and the actual surgery surroundings instantly put me at ease, especially the tv on the ceiling! Mrs M. Anderson

I would like to say how fantastic Aamir was at settling my nerves as a worried patient in need of a crown. He was very gentle and talked me through the whole process. I would thoroughly recommend him. Mrs D. Rosenthal

Really excellent service from Whitchurch Smiles – I highly recommend them. Mr M. Poole