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Some dentists may be able to treat people with special needs in their surgery. However, some people may not be able to get to their dental practice because of a disability or medical condition. In this case, the dentist should refer the patient to a more specialised dental service. Ask your dentist what is needed for a referral and if it is suitable in your case.

Specialised dental services are commonly provided by community dental services. Community dental services are available in a variety of places to ensure everyone can have access to dental health. These include hospitals, specialist health centres and mobile clinics, as well as home visits or visits in nursing and care homes. 

To find out more about the community dental care available in your area, contact NHS England on 0300 311 2233

How to find an NHS dentist

There is a wealth of information for patients with special care needs available on the internet or from providers of dental services.

Click here for a selection of the patient information resources we have found.

 

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