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What is special care dentistry?

The speciality of Special Care Dentistry is concerned with the improvement of the oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability or, more often, a combination of these factors. The specialty focuses on adolescents and adults only and includes the important period of transition as the adolescent moves into adulthood. The speciality was formally recognised by the General Dental Council (GDC) in 2008.

Who provides the service?
Any dentist can provide dental services to patients with special needs, however, for those with more complex needs then these services are often provided by specialists in community or hospital settings.

Who provides the service?
Any dentist can provide dental services to patients with special needs, however, for those with more complex needs then these services are often provided by specialists in community or hospital settings.

How do I access services?

Most referrals will be from general dental practitioners, but referrals can also be made from residential facilities, medical practitioners and other social care professionals.  For more information on the services in your area – see the services provided section (here) and you will find contact details of the services that can provide you with the necessary information to refer or access services.

I am a carer – where can I get more information?

There is detailed information for carers available from the NHS Wales Direct site and you can read it here. Your local community dental services should also be able to help you.

 

 

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