Special care dentistry

Providing dental care for patients who may have a social, psychological or physical disability.

Special care dentistry is for patients who may have a social, psychological or physical disability and who could need dental care to be adapted for them. They may also find it difficult to access mainstream dentistry.

This includes patients with phobias or fears of dental care or those who need adapted surgeries that can manage patients in wheelchairs. It is also about having staff with the skills to treat patients with complex medical histories, for which dentistry may a high risk. An example is patients who have learning disabilities and are unable to understand the care or co-operate with the required care.

Special care dentistry is a core service for us. We have invested in staff and facilities to provide a quality service. For most of our patients we are their only dentist and we recall some special care patients for regular examinations. Others can have regular examinations at their own family dentist but need our support when having dental treatment.

A new development for us is a pilot service using cognitive behaviour therapy to manage patient dental phobias as an alternative to sedation. Special care dentistry is a recognised speciality dental service.

Out of hours dental problems

INEL and ONEL patients with problems out of hours can call the NHS non-emergency dental line on 111.

East Kent special care and paediatric (children’s) dentistry

  • Broadstairs Health Centre
  • Canterbury Health Centre
  • Dover Health Centre
  • Greenbanks MASH
  • Rainbow MASH
  • Faversham Health Centre
  • Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital
  • New Romney Clinic
  • Newington Road Clinic

North East London special care and paediatric (children’s) dentistry

  • Langthorne Health Centre
    13 Langthorne Rd, London E11 4HX
  • South HornChurch Health Centre
    106 Southend Rd, Rainham RM13 7XJ
  • Five Elms Medical Practice
    5 Elms Rd, Dagenham, RM9 5TT
  • Vicarage Fields Health Centre
    Vicarge Drive, Barking, Essex, IG11 7NR
  • Loxford Polyclinic
    417 Ilford Lane, IG1 2SN
  • Hainault Health Centre
    Manford Way, Chigwell, IG7 4DF
  • St Leonards Hospital
    Nuttall Street, London, N1 5LZ
  • The Barkantine Practice
    121 Westferry Rd, London, E14 8JH
  • Shrewsbury Road Health Centre
    Shrewsbury Rd, Forest Gate, London, E7 8QP
  • Appleby Rd Health Centre
    63 Appleby Rd, Canning Town, London , E16 1LQ