Special Care Dental Service
Provision of special care dental services. Specialist dental services provided include general anaesthetic, sedation, domiciliary, oral health promotion and dental public health.
Normal NHS dental charges apply. If you are not exempt from charges you will be asked for payment at each visit. Posters in waiting areas have information on NHS costs.
Services are provided for those who are unable to access dental care in the General Dental Services because of their special needs. In most circumstances a dentist or other health professional will make a referral into the service when it is clear that care cannot be provided by a general dentist.
On completion of treatment you will be discharged from the service unless the dentist informs you otherwise. You will be given help and advice in arranging your future dental care with an NHS family dentist where appropriate.
For those who are looking for a general dentist or to access emergency dental care because they do not have their own dentist, the Hampshire Dental Helpline should be contacted. This service provides advice on dentists accepting patients for NHS care and also arranges urgent appointments for people in pain who do not have a dentist. Tel 0300 300 2014.
Written referrals for people with special needs are welcome from doctors, dentists, health visitors, school nurses, other health care workers, social services and voluntary agencies, hospitals. Service referral forms can be downloaded from this website. Referrals will need to include information about exemption status, the dentak and special needs and a summary medical history. Where it is known we require the NHS number to be provided.
If you have any queries do contact the Dental Admiistration Office.
Full service description
The Solent NHS Trust Primary Care Dental Service provides dental care for people who have a special need e.g.
children who have:
management / behavioural problems
special dental problems
special medical problems or disabilities
have some physical disabilities
have learning disabilities
have medical problems
are frail elderly
And for those who are referred for specialist services e.g.
General Anaesthetic Service
This service is provided for children in pain where extractions under a local anaesthetic would not be feasible or appropriate such as in the very young, the extremely nervous or those requiring several extractions.
This service is provided for people with learning disabilities and medical conditions where treatment under local anaesthesia alone is not feasible and conscious sedation is required.
This service is provided for those with mobility problems, frail elderly people or for those who are housebound.
Public Health role
The service also undertakes dental screening of school children and other client groups with special needs. The service has an Oral Health Promotion Team which provides oral health promotion programmes and preventive programmes to targeted priority groups within the community. Epidemiological surveys are also conducted to determine oral health and for use in planning local services.
- Monday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
The service operates from 8.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm- 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am-12.30pm and 1pm- 4.30pm Friday. Some clinics operate part time.