General Anaesthetic

CDS provides NHS dental treatment  (fillings and extractions ) for:

  • Children in Thetford who require treatment with General Anaesthesia.
  • Adults with additional needs in Thetford who require treatment with General Anaesthesia.


We accept referrals from your dentist (General Dental Practitioner) and once received we will offer you an assessment appointment at the Dental Department, The Healthy Living Centre, Thetford


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.


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. If you require dental treatment under general anaesthesia, the dentist will book you an appointment at West Suffolk Hospital and give you instructions on what to do before that appointment, on the day of appointment and after your treatment. The dentist may also offer you an appointment with our Oral Health Promotion Team to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy to try to avoid another general anaesthetic in hospital in the future.

All your dental treatment will usually be done in one appointment under general anaesthesia at Martin Corke Day Surgery Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital. Expect to spend up to three to four hours at the Martin Corke Day Surgery Unit on the day of your treatment. We aim to complete your treatment within 18 weeks of when we receive the referral letter from your dentist.

Once your treatment is complete you will be discharged back to your dentist for your routine dental care.