Salaried Dental Service

The Salaried Dental Service provides both an Urgent Care service through its Dental Access Centres and a Special Care Dental Service.

Dental Access Centres

The Dental Access Centres are available to anyone who resides in the Devon area, who does not have a regular general dental practitioner (NHS or Private). It is also open to visitors to the area who are unable to reach their own dentist.

The service is not available to people who already have a general dental practitioner in the Devon area.

Appointments are booked for patients through the Access Centres or through Devon Doctors one day ahead. Patients are either given an allotted time or attend on a first come first seen basis.

Looking after the teeth of children from 0 – 5

Although urgent appointments are available this is not a drop-in service. You MUST telephone the service to make an appointment in advance.

  • Exeter NHS Dental Access Centre
    Dental Access Centre (open 5 days per week)
    Telephone: 01392 405700
  • Barnstaple NHS Dental Access Centre
    Dental Access Centre (open 5 days per week)
    Telephone: 01271 324878
  • General Dental Helpline
    Open 08:00 -18:00 daily
    Telephone: 0845 002 0034

Location map (pdf)

Website:  Healthy Teeth Devon – http://www.healthyteethdevon.nhs.uk/

The Dental Access Centres can offer a limited range of NHS treatment. However, highest priority is given to people who are in pain and to those suffering from bleeding and excessive swelling.

Appointments for routine treatment are restricted by the number of patients requiring more urgent care.

When your treatment is complete you will, unless there are exceptional circumstances, be discharged from the service. We will then advise you how to find your own NHS general dental practitioner. This service will not register patients.

Normal NHS dental charges will apply for all patients unless you are exempt, (evidence of which must be brought to your appointment). We accept cash or cheque at the time of your appointment.

Special Care Dental Service

The Community Dental Service is accessed by referral only and provides dental care for people who are unable to obtain dental treatment either because of their special need or disability.

The service provides dental care for the following groups of patients on a referral only basis:

  • 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”.

A very limited domiciliary service is available for housebound patients from the above groups.

If you are having difficulty obtaining dental treatment from an NHS general dental practitioner and believe you are eligible to be treated by the community dental service you can ask your doctor, dentist or other health care professional to refer you to the service.

Normal NHS dental charges will apply for all patients unless you are exempt, (evidence of which must be brought to your appointment). We accept cash or cheque at the time of your appointment.

  • Exeter NHS Dental Access Centre
    Community Dental Service
  • Barnstaple NHS Dental Access Centre
    Community Dental Service
  • Honiton Dental Clinic
    Community Dental Service
  • Exmouth Dental Clinic
    Community Dental Service
  • Tiverton Dental Clinic
    Community Dental Service
  • Okehampton Dental Clinic
    Community Dental Service

Please Note: Appointments are by referral only

Mission statement:

NHS Devon Salaried Dental Service will provide excellent oral health services that are built around the patient, and to develop and deliver community based approaches to keeping people healthy, particularly those with the greatest health needs.

Service objectives:

As commissioned by NHS Devon, the service will:

  1. Develop, implement and monitor appropriate targeted oral health promotion programmes
  2. Provide assessment and treatment for priority groups as detailed in the service remit, on an equable basis
  3. Provide specialist services which might include Special Care Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry and Oral Surgery
  4. Supplement the urgent care services provided by the General Dental Service
  5. Undertake and report on epidemiological surveys to support commissioners in planning services
  6. Provide oral health screening of targeted groups of all ages to identify individuals at risk of oral disease

As commissioned by the South West Postgraduate Deanery, the service will:

  1. Provide postgraduate education and training

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Last updated: February 14, 2018