If your disability or medical condition makes you need extra time, care or special
facilities to receive proper dental treatment, a health centre or clinic can provide
this. Some hospitals or health centres offer specialist treatment, which may involve
sedation or general anaesthetic. This may be most suitable for disabled children,
someone who has a severe learning disability or is, due to their particular impairment,
unable to remain still during the treatment period.
Your dentist or doctor can refer you to the service best suited to your needs.
If you are unable to visit a dentist, it may be possible to arrange a home visit
but treatment options outside the surgery are limited. The time of day when the dentist
can visit may also be limited due to normal surgery hours. It is important to make
clear, before making such an appointment, that you require NHS treatment
Under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) you have a right of access to dental
surgeries, and dentists should make 'reasonable adjustments' to their premises and to
accommodate any disability needs you may have. However, a small dental surgery may
not be able to make all adjustments needed for all disabilities. On the other hand,
a hospital would be able to accommodate a much wider range of adjustments.
Dental care for disabled people
If you are disabled and find it is difficult to get to a dental surgery,