Community Dental Service

The Community Dental Service (CDS) provides dental care for people who are unable to access treatment from a general dental practitioner (GDP) because of special needs, or disabilities. This includes for example those individuals with mobility problems, learning difficulties, dental phobia, or complex medical histories and those who are housebound. The service is provided across Bristol, Bath and Weston and referrals are welcome from GDPs, GMPs, other health care professionals such as Health Visitors, carers and relatives. Home visits are available where patients are housebound, or where the disability is such that the individual would find it too difficult to visit a clinic, but this would be at the discretion of the service.

The Dental Access Centre (DAC) provides treatment for patients who have experienced difficulty in being accepted by an NHS GDP. The Service gives priority to the relief of pain, but a partial or full course of treatment may be available where clinic capacity permits. Where possible, patients will then be referred to local GDPs for continuing care. The Service is available from the Dental Department, Riverside Health Centre in Bath.

The Dental Out of Hours Emergency Service (OOH) operates from clinics at Easton in Bristol (Charlotte Keel), Bath City Centre (Riverside) and Weston General Hospital. The Service provides emergency treatment to all patients whether you are NHS, private, do not have access to regular dental care, or are just visiting the area.

To access the DAC or OOH Service please telephone 111.

The cost of treatment in each of the services is the same as any other NHS dental practice.

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Service details

  • Alternative names: CDS
  • Is there a cost for these services? no
  • How can people access this service? Telephone
Updated: more than six months ago.
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