Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dental Hospitals

Following on from the comments on Delightful Dentistry I thought a few words about dental hospitals might be a good idea.

I was being seen by an NHS dentist (and very fortunate to be able to find one!) in a standard dental practice. I was referred to the dental hospital because of the complications of EDS. However, anyone can attend a dental hospital and receive emergency treatment free of charge. As I understand the situation some dental hospitals run standard dental service clinics, particularly for children, but they are probably tricky to find.

To be referred to a dental hospital if you have special needs is straightforward. The nearest dental hospital will be based at the nearest large university which has a medical and dental school attached to it. A GP can refer you, or your consultant. I suspect for those who need to see a specialist dentist for medical needs that a phone call to the dental hospital will give you the information you'd need about which particular specialist to see and how to be referred to them.

The treatment at a dental hospital is provided free at point of delivery by the NHS just like any other hospital service. It's worth traveling for, even if you have to travel a fair distance as they have the facilities to tailor the care to individual needs.

Google list of dental hospitals (there are probably more if you put in tailored search terms)

2 comments:

Achelois said...

Thanks BG for info, found I was so wound up about EDS and all things dentistry after my comment, I couldn't even blog about it! Peeked at links when I am feeling braver I shall attempt to browse info with an open mind. Thanks for your calm reply.....

Mr. Nighttime said...

Much like that here, in that the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has a clinic that provides services totally free, or at a substantially reduced rate. Of course, you have to accept the fact that you will have students working on the inside of your mouth...