Information Access Point
Special Care Dental Service
The special care dental service is accessed by referral only from health and social care professionals.
People from the following groups can be referred to the service:
- People with learning disabilities
- People with autistic spectrum disorders
- People with acquired brain injuries
- People with a diagnosed mental health illness
- People with medical conditions which are affected by poor oral health or where the provision of dental treatment is complicated by that condition
- People with a physical disability that makes accessing the General Dental Service more difficult
- People with a sensory disability that makes accessing the General Dental Service more difficult
- People with a current substance misuse habit
- Children who are very anxious, uncooperative preschool children or a child with a phobia of dental treatment
- Children with repaired cleft lip or palate
- “Looked after” children or those registered as “At risk”.
Care is provided in seven clinics across Devon. Referrals should be sent using the Special Care Dental Service Referral Form. Referral forms should be sent to either Barnstaple Dental Access Centre or Exeter Dental Access Centre.
The catchment area for this service is detailed on this map. Referrals outside this area should be sent to the Torbay, Plymouth, Cornwall, Dorset or Somerset services.
All clinical sites have parking, wheelchair access and lift access if appropriate. Charges are made for parking. Normal NHS charges are made for treatment and any proof of exemption from charges should be brought to the first appointment.
A wheelchair recliner is available at the Exeter Dental Access Centre.
Bariatric patients can be treated up to 195kg at Exeter Dental Access Centre.
Treatment under general anaesthetic
Extractions for children can be carried out under general anaesthetic at Exeter and Barnstaple. Referrals should be made on the Special Care Dental Service Referral Form
Children are assessed for treatment under general anaesthetic following the Guidelines for the Use of General Anaesthesia in Paedatric Dentistry. Referrals should be accompanied by radiographs where possible.
Children requiring the extraction of first permanent molars should normally be referred for an orthodontic assessment prior to referral.
We are not able to offer the extraction of premolars for orthodontic treatment under general anaesthetic.
Treatment under inhalation sedation
Treatment under inhalation sedation can be carried out at Exeter and Barnstaple. The Special Care Dental Service Referral Form should be used.
Urgent Care Dental Service
A weekday urgent care dental service is provided at Barnstaple Dental Access Centre and Exeter Dental Access Centre. The service is provided for residents of Devon who do not have a regular dentist, people on holiday in Devon and transient populations.
The service is by appointment only and is made by contact with the appropriate dental access centre.
Normal NHS charges apply.
Charges are made for parking at both sites.
Outside normal working hours advice can be obtained by contacting Access Dental.
At the weekend advice or treatment can be obtained by contacting Access Dental.