Special Care Dentistry Referrals

This page is for general dental practitioners (GDP)only.

Referrals can only be made by a GDP for patients in the following broadly defined categories :

  • Dental Anxiety and behaviour management
  • Medical complexity
  • Learning disability
  • Limitations of personal mobility presenting a barrier to attending general dental practice without additional support
  • Other physical disability
  • Patients who report relevant Mental Health issues
  • Bariatric (weight of patient exceeds safe limit of dental chairs in practice)
  • Looked After Children

Referrals can be made for adults aged 16- 65 for IV sedation for patients too anxious to be treated at a GDP. There are some patients who are not suitable for treatment under IV sedation, which are:

  • Patients outside the age range 16-65 years
  • Patients with benzodiazepine hypersensitivity
  • Patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 30
  • Patients with excessive movement disorders where cannulation would be impossible
  • Patients with a diastolic blood pressure greater than 120
  • Patients with a severe needle phobia
  • Patients who are not in the American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) Physical Status Classification I (a normal healthy individual) or II (a patient with systemic disease but no functional impairment).

Treatments offered under IV sedation:

  • Routine restorations – Please note tooth coloured restorations are not provided on posterior teeth
  • Routine exodontia

Orthodontic extractions need to be referred to Community Dental Services

Root canal treatments, dentures, crowns, bridges, other advanced restorative treatment and minor oral surgery will not be considered under IV Sedation.

To make a referral, please click on the link below and complete the referral proforma.  Only GDP can make referrals, all other referrals will be rejected.  The referral can only be submitted once all mandatory fields are complete. Please click here to download the referral process.

All referral will be triaged, we will inform any referrer directly if the referral has been rejected.  Once a referral has been accepted, we will write to the patient and their carer and invite them to make an appointment.  If we fail to hear from the patient or carer within 2 weeks of the referral we will discharge the patient back to your care.

Following completion of treatment the patient will be discharged back to the referrers care.

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