We've launched a survey on behalf of NHS England and NHS Improvement, who want to find out the views of patients, potential patients, parents, carers, and advocates of patients who use special care dental services in the South West.
Special care dentistry is for people who have a condition that means they can't use a high street dentist.
- People suffering from anxiety and/or extreme phobia of dental treatment
- People with learning difficulties and/or autism
- People with physical disabilities
- People living with dementia
- Patients who need bariatric equipment
- People receiving treatment for cancer
- Some homeless people.
People are referred to the service from a number of routes including:
- High street dentists
- School nurses
- Social workers
- Care workers
- Voluntary organisations.
Special care dental services provide urgent services, check-ups and treatment. Some are also linked to other services such as oral surgery. Some, but not all, provide general anaesthetic for patients who cannot be treated by local anaesthetic.
For people living in Swindon and Wiltshire, the service is provided by Great Western Hospital Community Dental Services.
This survey has now closed.