Lakeside Dental

Welcome to our Dental Practice

Welcome to our Dental Practice

Where your smile is our top priority! We believe in providing expert dental care with a personal touch, and our team, led by myself, have been serving patients for 30 years. We’re proud to have built a reputation for exceptional service and patient-centred care at our dental practice in Taunton.

Dr Helene Du Preez

Lakeside Dental

Expert Dental Care

Expert Dental Care

At our dental practice in Taunton, our staff bring a wealth of experience and expertise to each appointment. We take the time to listen to your concerns and provide expert advice, always acting in the best interest of the patient. Whether you’re in need of routine check-ups, fillings, or straightening solutions, we are dedicated to ensuring you receive the highest quality of care.

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Highly Rated by Our Patients

Highly Rated by Our Patients

Our patients are our biggest advocates, and we’re proud to have received numerous positive reviews and testimonials from those who have experienced the care and compassion of our staff. Scroll down to read some recent testimonials from valued clients.

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Payment Plans

Expert Dental Care

We are delighted to offer Lakeside Dental Plan, our very own plans designed to assist our patients in spreading the costs of important routine treatment.

All patients who join the plan benefit from a Worldwide Accident & Emergency Insurance policy and a 10% discount on selected practice treatments.

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Our Dental Practitioners

Dr Helene Du Preez

Principal Dentist

Helene qualified as a dentist in 1993 from the University of Stellenbosch. She started her career as a newly qualified dentist shortly after at the Blackbrook Dental Practice where she worked for over 10 years.

She prides herself in providing the best possible care to her patients, and will always treat them with compassion, kindness and respect. She is grateful to have a very loyal following of patients over the past 30 years.

She is experienced in all aspects of general dentistry as well as having a special interest in orthodontics as well as facial aesthetics.

Helene started this practice because she wants to provide the best patient journey to old and new patients, and look forward to welcoming them to Lakeside Dental!

GDC Registration No: 68979

Dr Zara Baker


Zara graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017. Previous to this she trained as a dental hygiene and therapist graduating from University of Portsmouth in 2010. Her combined qualifications have provided her with experience within the community dental services treating anxious adults and children including those with more complex medical backgrounds.

Furthermore she has undertaken a year training in the oral and maxillofacial department since graduating and has 5 years experience delivering urgent care over weekends in Somerset.

Zara enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate diploma in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry. She is pleased to offer tooth whitening and anti wrinkle treatments to amplify a patients smile.

She is looking to further her training with more comprehensive facial aesthetics and clear aligner treatment later this year.

Outside of work she enjoys being outdoors enjoying long walks and hiking, listening to live music with a touch of glamping on the side.

GDC Registration No: 193801

Karen Bellis

Dental Hygienist and Therapist
Karen qualified from Bristol in 2009 and has experience working in private, NHS and community dental settings. Karen has mentored dental hygiene students from Bristol Dental hospital and has taught dental nurse courses. She is also qualified to treat patients under inhalation sedation.

Karen’s fact sheet on oral health for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PLMD) has been published by Mencap. She has extensive experience treating patients with learning difficulties and dental phobias.

Outside of work, Karen enjoys gardening and photography. She also loves spending time with her family, which includes three dogs and five runner ducks.

GDC Registration No: 174143

Dr Melissa Wright

Associate Dental Practitioner
Melissa qualified as a dentist by completing a Master’s degree, achieving a Merit from The University of Leeds in 2017.
Since then she relocated to Somerset to complete her foundation training, and has been working as an associate dentist at a practice in Exmoor since 2018.
She prides herself on putting patients at ease with her gentle and friendly manner. She understands that visiting the dentist can be quite overwhelming for some, but she has a proven track record of alleviating anxiety with her compassionate approach.
Melissa plans to complete further training in restorative dentistry, to complement her passion for general dentistry.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son.

GDC Registration No: 270820

Becky Deasey

Dental Hygienist
Becky qualified from Cardiff university in 2007, she also was awarded with the GlaxoSmithKline professional award.
She has worked in general practice since qualifying.
Becky likes to put patients at ease and loves to see the change in nervous patients.
Becky has worked in dentistry since leaving school training as a dental nurse at the Birmingham dental practice when she left to study dental hygiene she was deputy of her department.
In her spare time she loves days out with her family.

GDC Registration No: 115779

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Straightening Solutions

Straightening Solutions

We also offer Clear Aligners as a solution for straightening teeth. We have helped numerous patients achieve amazing results, and we’re confident that we can help you too. With personalised treatment plans and a commitment to ensuring your comfort throughout the process, you can trust that you’re in good hands.

Botox treatment in a private dental practice in Taunton.

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Facial Aesthetics

Facial Aesthetics

In addition to dental care, we also offer safe and quality facial aesthetics services performed by qualified practitioners in our dental practice in Taunton. Our state-of-the-art facilities, combined with our commitment to patient care, ensure that our patients receive the best possible experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question? Check our FAQs, or get in contact with us.

What services do you offer?2023-02-27T18:30:05+00:00

We offer a wide range of dental services, including exams, x-rays, hygiene appointments, fillings, root fillings, dentures, mouthguards, extractions, whitening, crowns and bridges, clear aligners, orthodontics, and children’s dentistry.

What are your opening times?2023-02-27T18:34:05+00:00

8:30am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

What is your cancellation policy?2023-02-27T18:35:34+00:00

If you need to reschedule an appointment please notify us at least 24 hours in advance, cancellation within 24 hours may incur a fee.

What forms of payment do you accept?2023-02-27T18:35:51+00:00

We accept card payments and cash.

How often should I schedule a dental exam?2023-02-27T18:37:25+00:00

After an initial consultation your dentist will recommend the frequency of subsequent visits and tailor the service to individual needs.

(It is recommended that you schedule a dental exam every 6 months).

Do you provide emergency dental care?2023-02-27T18:39:08+00:00

In-hours emergency appointments are £99 for unregistered patients and £50 for registered patients.

How do I prepare for my appointment?2023-02-27T18:39:41+00:00

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment and bring along a list of current medication.

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What Our Customers Say

Highly Rated by Our Patients

For someone that doesn’t usually write reviews I felt I had to do one for our amazing dentist Helene du Preez. For many years I avoided going to the dentist after several bad experiences but Helene came highly recommended by a friend so I thought we’d give it a go! That was about 27 years ago! and we are still with her, whenever Helene moved practices we followed her and couldn’t ever imagine going anywhere else. She has always treated our family with the utmost of care and consideration whilst having a lovely friendly nature, I cannot recommend her enough.


I have been seeing Helene my entire life and would never go anywhere else, she makes me feel comfortable and safe and I trust her implicitly. I can truthfully say that I thoroughly enjoy my dentist appointments.


I changed my dentist a few years ago to Helene following really positive recommendations and I was not disappointed. Helene is gentle and thorough. I would highly recommend her dental practice to anyone in Taunton looking for excellent dental care.


Helene du Preez is an exceptional dentist who truly cares for her patients. She is an experienced professional – kind, gentle and reassuring, providing the highest levels of service and expertise. She takes time to explain procedures and put patients at ease. I am extremely happy with my smile, and would not consider being treated by anyone else.

Jo Hake

Helene has been our dentist for 13 years. She always provides expert advice, acts in the best interest of the patient, is kind and caring, never inflicts any pain and carefully offers the best value for money solution. We have followed her across four practices and willingly travel 40 miles for each appointment. She is a true legend in our household.

Dr Jane Cavanagh

About 65 years ago, I fled from my dentists chair not to return till my fiancee refused to marry me unless I got my teeth fixed – under 21s got free treatment then! Several adventures in ‘the chair’ ensued and when I only had 8 precious gnashers left I found the dental equivalent of the rainbow’s end. Helene is a modern marvel – professional, a pleasure to visit, thoughtful and highly competent.

Dr Frank Williamson

Helene has been my dentist for about 14 years, after a less than happy experience elsewhere. She was highly recommended for her high standards, her commitment to patient care and to pain-free treatment.

From the outset, I have been hugely impressed not only by her professional expertise, but also by her warmth and sensitivity on a personal level. Dental appointments are no longer an anxious time. I trust her advice and feel that I am in safe hands.

Veronica Grant

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