Oasis Healthcare has further strengthened its position as the UK’s largest provider of private dental care services and a major provider to the NHS through acquiring Apex Dental Care for an undisclosed sum.

The deal closely follows the acquisition of Smiles Dental in April 2014.

The additions of Apex and Smiles to the Oasis portfolio will increase the company’s turnover by 40% from £160m to over £225m, through the provision of quality NHS, private and specialist dental care to over three million patients. Its practice network will have grown by over 50% from 204 to over 310 in six weeks.

The acquisitions of Apex and Smiles follow the appointment in September 2013 of Sir Stuart Rose to chair the Oasis board as it creates a truly consumer-focused dental chain.

Apex Dental CEO Ben Chaing said that the company is pleased that Oasis will be taking forward the Apex practices and teams.

"Following initial discussions with the Oasis team it soon became apparent that we shared the same vision for how the dental market should evolve.

"By combining Apex’s dental practices with Oasis the group will be well placed to continue improving the breadth and quality of our service to patients with the benefit of an expanded network and an even stronger clinical support team," Chaing added.