We are a friendly, modern and professional dentist in the Scottish Borders. Our fantastic team consists of five highly trained dentists, an implant practitioner, a facial aesthetics practitioner, three dental therapists and a dental hygienist. We are fortunate to be supported by an outstanding dental nurse and treatments team.
All of us at The Gentle Touch are firm believers in a preventive approach to your dental care. By preventing problems in your mouth before they arise, you’ll benefit from healthier teeth and gums. It will also mean gentler dental treatment for you over the years.
As well as the essentials you’d expect from your dentist, we also offer cosmetic dental services and advanced treatments. These include teeth whitening and teeth straightening. We also offer dental implants for patients looking for solutions for missing teeth. Emergency dental appointments are available daily for members. Finally, we run a facial aesthetics clinic – Gentle Aesthetics – appointments and consultations are available.
“For the past five or six years, since our move to Kelso, we’ve been delighted with the quality of all the work done at The Gentle Touch practice. Appointments scheduled are very much kept to time, and yet the practice is only too helpful if there’s a sudden emergency; a loose crown, a lost filling or whatever. The system of six-monthly check-ups works well, and appointments can generally be scheduled for the hygienist on the same day.
In the past year, I’ve had a couple of implants, and the whole process, from early consultation through to completion, was handled very efficiently; with carefulness and practical explanations. My dentist, Amber Aplin, has a welcoming manner and the necessary artistic skill to make the final result seem both comfortable and convincing.
I’m delighted to recommend the practice to anyone who wishes the most professional of service allied to the aim to get things absolutely right for each patient.”JSR
“I joined The Gentle Touch one year ago. Walked into the practice and was greeted by friendly and welcoming receptionists.
Having had a couple of appointments with the hygienist at The Gentle Touch, I have been made to feel relaxed throughout and did not feel any pain or discomfort. During my first appointment with Robyn, I was given information about cleaning between my teeth as well as my toothbrushing technique, which I had never had from my previous dentist/ hygienist. At my last visit with her, she said that she could see a noticeable improvement in my gums.
On seeing Amber for my examination, she confirmed this, saying my mouth was in a better condition than it had been 6 months previous. I think the information given to me has been fantastic and very useful to my dental health.”AC
Hi Folks. Just home from a visit to The Gentle Touch. What a wonderful team.I am always a bit nervous about getting teeth descaling. But I should say no worries at all - the service I received was great . I can truly say this was the Gentle Touch's team at its very best. Well done Amber and colleagues on providing a first-class service.TB
Wow what excellent service. I am used to an NHS dentist where getting an emergency appointment involves a wait of up to 8 weeks or requires daily calls in the hope of picking up on a cancellation. I called Gentle Touch at 8:30 am, I was the Dentist chair by 10:00 the same day and had finished my treatment by 10:30. What a contrast. Thank you so much Gentle touch.JB
Made an appointment at The Gentle Touch to have an airflow treatment to clean my teeth before my wedding. I was nervous beforehand but the staff were very welcoming, friendly and professional and talked me through each step. Not only that, the hygienist even picked up on a possible small hole in one of my teeth that my regular NHS dentist has not noticed during my check ups. Highly recommended, the level of care is brilliant.C
I had a procedure with Ciara and she was absolutely fantastic. I wasn’t sure what to expect but she talked me through everything in great detail and I was given the opportunity to ask any questions. I felt completely at ease and would recommend her to anyone.VF
This was my first visit to The Gentle Touch. I was made to feel so at ease and safe that I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending the Practice. I never thought I’d actually look forward to going to the Dentist but the experience was so positive and unlike any surgery I’ve ever been to before. I’m more than happy to return.SR
Ciara Sutherland is, quite simply, a top-class dentist. She combines true expertise with a 'gentle touch' and a comforting, reassuring manner. I cannot commend her highly enough!!TC
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Our practice mission statement is to provide preventive and holistic dentistry in a patient-centred, gentle and caring way.
We pride ourselves in making our patients feel at ease. From the moment you walk into the practice and meet our welcoming reception team, to when meeting any of our friendly clinicians. We want to make your visit gentle and relaxing; many patients comment that their visit was a pleasure!
Our vision is that every patient at the Gentle Touch enjoys optimal oral health.
If you are looking for a new dentist in the Scottish Borders, or you would like more information about the practice, please contact us. We are currently accepting new patients for general dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry.
As a complimentary service and on a no-obligation basis, you can arrange an ‘introductory appointment’ with our patient care co-ordinator Beth McNeil. She will listen to your queries, concerns and aspirations in a non-clinical environment, then talk you through how we can help.
We firmly believe in a preventive approach to dental care. Looking after your teeth with regular check-ups, hygiene treatments and monitoring can negate the need for expensive treatments down the line. That’s why all of our adult patients are registered with one of our preventive care plans (the best plan is recommended by your dentist).
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