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Who's it for?

We offer a referral-only service which provides NHS dental care for children and adults who have treatment needs which can't be met in a general dental practice. The majority of our patients have physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment, or more often a combination of these factors.

To meet the individual treatment needs of each patient, the Community Dental Service provides personalised care plans and oral health education as well as general anaesthetic and sedation services. To make the service fully accessible facilities include:

  • Wheelchair accessible clinics

  • Hoists

  • Specialist dental chair for wheelchair users

  • Loop systems

  • Interpreting services

  • Activity and sensory packs

  • Social story boards with Makaton symbols

Patient Experience

If you have any comments or feedback regarding our service please follow this link.

Please be aware that we are referral only service. Contact us and view service locations here

Appointments  

If you don't attend your appointment without contacting us, you may be discharged. If you still want to be seen, you will need to be referred again and if the referral is accepted you will be put back on our waiting list.

If you need to cancel an appointment please give us at least 24 hours notice. If you cancel two appointments in a row, we may discharge you. If this happens, we may alert our safeguarding team, or others involved in your care. 

Charges and exemptions

The Community Dental Service is not a free service - standard NHS Dental charges still apply. If you are exempt from paying NHS charges you will need to bring proof of exemption to your first appointment, otherwise you will still be charged. For more information on dental charges and exemptions, or to get help with the cost of your NHS treatment, visit the NHS website or ask at one of our clinics.

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