Scottish dentists secure £650,000 growth funding from Bank of Scotland
Two Edinburgh-based dental practices - one NHS and one private - have been acquired as part of ambitious plans to modernise and expand their treatment offerings, thanks to support from Bank of Scotland.
The businesses will offer implants, adult orthodontics and facial aesthetics with the goal of becoming a referral hub for specialist work from other dentists. To expand the types of dentistry on offer they have already employed an additional 6 members of staff.
La Belle Court Dental & Implant Clinic and Q Court Dental Studio, based in the same building, were purchased in August 2022 by Dr Shahad Al-Dabbagh and Dr Nadine Al-Farhan.
After meeting at university, the women both worked in various dental practices around Scotland but wanted to own their own business that could offer specialist treatments including digital dentistry, smile makeovers, adult orthodontics and facial rejuvenation treatments such as fillers and anti wrinkle injections.
Dr Al-Dabbagh and Dr Al-Farhan approached The Bank of Scotland, securing a £650,000 funding package that enabled the businesswomen to purchase the two practices.
The support is also funding specialist machinery including an ITERO Scanner, which takes accurate scans of the natural tooth in seconds, reducing the length and number of appointments needed. Also a CBCT machine that can produce precise 3D images of a patient’s mouth was also bought.
As part of the acquisition, the practice is introducing improved services including same-day appointments for complex treatments. The business is also updating the interiors including a beauty therapy room, waiting area and bathrooms. The pair also plan to change the layout of the building so they can have more surgery rooms, expanding the number of appointments on offer.
Dr Shahad Al-Dabbagh, co-owner of Sana Corporate, said: “We are delighted to open our doors and showcase the future of dentistry to the public. The support of Bank of Scotland has allowed us to bring our vision to life.
“We wanted to create somewhere that offered more than regular dental appointments; a place for people to relax in our Therapy Suite and be confident with their smiles with our skilled clinicians.
“We endeavour to grow our dedicated team over the next few years to provide the best dental care and want to continue expanding treatments for our patients across Edinburgh and beyond. The sky really is the limit with two working mothers at the helm!”
Scott Beaton, relationship director at Bank of Scotland, added: “We are proud to support businesses like Q Court Dental Studio and La Belle Court Dental & Implant Clinic.
“Shahad and Nadine have taken their impressive dental experience a step further by creating a space that offers more of what their customers want.
“It’s a great example of how businesses are evolving alongside customer needs and trends to secure success. We will remain by the side of businesses across Scotland as they work to reach their full growth potential.”