Additional Needs

CDS provides a full range of NHS dental care for adults and children with additional needs and those from vulnerable groups. Our service is led by a dentist who specialises in special care and all our staff are experienced in working with those who are anxious or require additional support for their dental care.  The service is provided in Thetford Healthy Living Centre (see Our Clinics for further information)

 Patients who can self –refer to CDS for dental care include:

  • Children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or behavioural problems and their siblings.
  • Children with significant or complex medical problems and their siblings.
  • Children in care or foster care
  • Children from socially disadvantaged families who cannot access dental care from a dentist (General Dental Practitioner)
  • Children who require emergency treatment who are unable to access a dentist (General Dental Practitioner)
  • Adults with physical disabilities or learning disabilities
  • Adults with significant or complex medical problems
  • Adults with significant mental health problems who cannot access a dentist (General Dental Practitioner)

 To self-refer to CDS, you can contact Thetford clinic by telephone on 01842 767709 or in person.  You can also contact our central referrals office on 01284 775276  or by email on [email protected] and request an appointment.

 Other groups of patients can be seen by CDS on referral from a dentist or other healthcare professional. These include:

  • Children in West Suffolk and Thetford who require treatment with General Anaesthesia (provided at West Suffolk Hospital)
  • Children who require treatment with sedation
  • Adults in West Suffolk and Thetford who require treatment with General Anaesthesia (provided at West Suffolk Hospital)
  • Adults who require treatment with sedation
  • Adults from marginalised and vulnerable groups such as homeless, travellers, asylum seekers.
  • Adults referred from specialist units such as drug advisory service, blood born virus team.

 Assessment

At your first appointment you will be seen by a dentist who will assess your dental needs. You will be asked to provide information about your general health, including any medications you take and you will also be asked whether you pay for NHS dental treatment.

An assessment appointment usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes. After the dentist has checked your mouth and teeth, they will talk to you about any treatment needed and any costs involved. They may also make some recommendations about your home care such as toothbrushing and diet.

Treatment

If treatment is needed the dentist will discuss the options available to you which may include treatment under local anaesthetic (numbing the mouth), treatment with sedation or treatment under general anaesthesia.

Treatment will only be carried out in agreement with you and in a way that you are happy with.