Our Story

About Dickens Yard Dental

We’re changing the perception of dental care. We combine clear communication, a relaxed environment, and the latest technology to give you confidence in your smile and oral health.

Clear Communication

Relaxed Environment

Latest Technology

Meet Your Team

Dr Sahil Thakkar

Dr Sahil Thakkar BDS MFDS RCPS (Glas)

Principal Dentist

King's College London 2015
GDC Reg No. 258652

Hey! I’m Sahil 👋🏽

I’m the principal dentist at Dickens Yard Dental. I’m a general and cosmetic dentist with a focus on high quality, minimally-invasive dentistry.

Combining a friendly and relaxed approach, I strongly believe in making a visit to the Dentist memorable, enjoyable and pain-free. Turning it from an experience that people dread into one that we will look forward to. I take great care and pride in putting nervous patients at ease.

I am passionate about postgraduate education and since qualifying from King’s College London, I have trained under some of the leaders in the field, achieving full membership of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasgow). I am currently working towards a postgraduate diploma in Orthodontics and am an Invisalign Elite Provider.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Dr Vimalan Kulendran BDS


School: King's College London, 2015
GDC Reg No: 259035

Vim takes great pride in making our patients feel heard and understood.

Passionate about providing the best care, Vim has committed himself to further education. Most notably, he has completed a year long course in Cosmetic Dentistry and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry.

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Dr Andrew Gardner BDS (Hons) MSc (Rest.)


School: King's College London, 2014
GDC Reg No. 252764

Having graduated from King’s College London in 2014, Andrew enjoys all aspects of dentistry with a particular interest in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that improve the appearance of discoloured or chipped teeth.

His warm and engaging approach explains why anxious patients of all ages feel comfortable and confident in their dental treatment with him.

Andrew strives to continually ensure his patients receive the most innovative and up to date treatments at the highest quality and has just completed a Masters in Restorative Dentistry from the prestigious Eastman Dental Hospital.

Andrew is a local boy and grew up in Acton. He now lives a short walking distance from Dicken’s Yard with his partner and young son. When not spending time with family he is a member of a local golf club where you’ll find him trying to perfect his game, otherwise he’ll be trying to unwind with the latest additions on Netflix!

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Mr Colin Dunlop


School: Glasgow 2002
GDC Reg No. 5773
Doctor Viral Chauhan BDS

Dr Viral Chauhan Dip Imp Dent RCS (Ed)

Dentist with a Special Interest in Implants

School: Sheffield, 2015
GDC Reg No. 259007

Dr Viral Chauhan graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015 before moving down to London for further post-graduate training. Whilst working in private practice across London and Hampshire he soon developed a passion for restoring what patients had lost with the provision of dental implants. He has undertaken training with some the country’s top implant surgeons, including a year long mentorship in Harley Street.

Whether a single tooth or a full set, Viral enjoys giving patients back their smile, allowing them to laugh, eat and chew with confidence. His laid back manner and clear explanations are particularly popular with patients who may be anxious about having treatment.

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Dr Priya Arora BDS, Pg Cert

Dentist with an interest in Endodontics and Facial Aesthetics

School: Birmingham, 2015
GDC Reg No. 251799

Trained in Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Filler Treatments

Priyanain graduated from University of Birmingham in 2014 and since then she gained a further postgraduate certificate from Kings College London, where she is also currently undertaking her Pg Diploma in Endodontics, to further enhance her skills.

Since her postgraduate certificate in 2017, she has gained extensive of experience in complex root canal cases. She uses state of the art equipment and technology for her work and always makes extra effort to ensure her patients are having a pleasant experience. 

Priyanain also has a passion for facial rejuvenation. Her dental background, along with her eye for detail, allows her to provide safe and bespoke results. She is dedicated to ensure her clients feel comfortable and relaxed with her, and takes her time listening to them to ensure she can tailor treatment to their individual needs.

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Dr Daniel Thayanandan BSc (Hons) BDS Pg Cert MSc (Oral Surgery)

Dentist with a special interest in Oral Surgery

School: King's College London, 2017
GDC Reg No. 271902

Daniel joined Dickens Yard Dental in June 2022 to give our patients the choice of having their complex extractions at our amazing practice, rather than dealing with long waiting lists, both NHS and Private.

Having first achieved an honours degree in Neuroscience at King’s College London, Daniel went on to read Dentistry at the same prestigious institution. Daniel has since taken a keen interest in the surgical aspects of Dentistry which has recently culminated in a Master’s degree in clinical Oral surgery.

This means that Daniel has the skills and experience to tackle complex extractions in a predictable and comfortable manner.

Daniel is also trained in providing sedation to nervous patients, which is a service we hope to provide our patients in the near future.

Our Values

Straight Talking

It’s in our DNA. Clear pricing, clear language. And we’ll always show you what’s going on – a picture paints a thousand words.

First Class Care

We’re highly trained, we love what we do, we have great tech. We’ll leave no stone unturned to ensure that you have the best care for you and your family.


We want our experience to be real, not just aspirational. That’s why we offer membership plans to make the essentials accessible and interest-free options so you can spread your investment.


We’re all about reducing our footprint. Digital scanners mean no messy impressions or plaster models. We’re paperless, use less plastic, recycle more, and stock eco brushes and toothpaste.


We’re warm, inclusive and approachable. We’re not here to judge, if it matters to you, then it really matters to us. We care about our patients, our community and our team.

Exceptional Experience

It doesn’t feel like going to the dentist. It’s different. Relaxed, calm, maybe even fun. We’ll do all we can to make your experience a remarkable one!


We’re easy to find and open when you’re free. No more taking time out to see the Dentist. Drop by after work or on the weekends.


We believe that healthy mouths shouldn’t just happen at our practice. That’s why our clinicians work with local schools to ensure that oral health starts young.


We’re always looking to be better, whether that’s through more training, new systems or investing in new technology. We also love feedback – good or bad, we’re always looking to improve.

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