A "local boy" dentist is opening a new practice to make care "accessible and affordable”.

Junction Dental has today (April 30) confirmed that it will be open for business starting on Tuesday, May 7.

Sanjay Rayarel has refurbished and converted a former office building at 6 Station Road, by Watford Junction, to create the surgery for his new practice.

Watford Observer: Junction Dental.Junction Dental. (Image: Raj Ahlowalia)

The business owner, who has 25 years' experience as a dentist, says he will be prioritising the affordability of check-ups and treatments to make it an option for everyone.

“We want to provide good care, want to help people and want to make it affordable,” said Mr Rayarel, 51.

“It will provide the public with accessible, affordable care, which is what I’ve done all my life.”

Watford Observer: Sanjay Rayarel.Sanjay Rayarel. (Image: Raj Ahlowalia)

Despite pushing for affordability, he added that the location will be fully digital with the latest equipment.

The dentist has previously run practices in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes but lives in Rickmansworth with his “Croxley born-and-raised” wife, Sohila. He said that as a “local boy” he was excited to now be involved in Watford’s “changing and developing” town centre.

Watford Observer: Junction Dental.Junction Dental. (Image: Raj Ahlowalia)

Mr Rayarel said he did get in touch with the NHS about taking on a small NHS contract but was told there were currently no contracts available in the area.

However, he said some of the prices on offer can be cheaper than through the NHS, with an emergency assessment costing £25 and a check-up with two X-rays being £35.

Watford Observer: Junction Dental in Station Road.Junction Dental in Station Road. (Image: Raj Ahlowalia)

The property, formerly the HQ for health wholesaler HTC Group Ltd, is a locally listed building. Junction Dental has apparently tried to maintain as much of its character as possible around the exterior, while modernising it with a new frontage and double glazing.

Walls inside have been added and removed to rework former offices into surgery spaces.

It will be open from 7.30am to 7.30pm four days a week and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.