Dental care for wheelchair users

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I have found it very difficult to find a suitable place for my husband to get dental care. He is unable to use his legs at all and so needs a host at home. We live in Cambridge and it took me several days scouring the internet for a service which can accommodate wheelchair users. Finally, I found that you can get referred by your GP to the dentistry department at Brookfields NHS hospital. They have a special container onto which you can roll the chair, then it tilts back so the dentist can do her work.
Very useful information - thank you for sharing with the community.
I'm not sure about this at all, but I think I may have read, somewhere on these boards, about dentists doing home visits?? Or am I just imagining that?

(Even if I'm not, it may be limited in what can be done without the patient coming into the dental surgery for the use of all the equipment there....)
Yes, there is a community dental service in our borough, but my only experience is of someone who was bedridden. Even then we had to go to the clini once for x-rays. They said they could remove teeth in our home but would prefer not to, because of the amount of bleeding that might take place. I should think if a person can get about, they would not be keen to do home visits, but they certainly can.
Glad I wasn't imagining it!
NHS Choices web site for guidance : ... vices.aspx
Dental treatment for people with special needs

Some dentists may be able to treat people with special needs in their surgery. However, some people may not be able to get to their dental practice because of a disability or medical condition. In this case, the dentist should refer the patient to a more specialised dental service. Ask your dentist what is needed for a referral and if it is suitable in your case.

Specialised dental services are commonly provided by community dental services. Community dental services are available in a variety of places to ensure everyone can have access to dental health. These include hospitals, specialist health centres and mobile clinics, as well as home visits or visits in nursing and care homes. Some hospitals or health centres also help people who need specialist care and may be able to offer treatment under sedation or general anaesthetic.

People who may need community dental services include:

children with extensive untreated tooth decay who are particularly anxious or uncooperative
children with physical or learning disabilities or medical conditions
children referred for specific treatment
children who are "looked after" or on the "at risk register"
adults with complex needs who have a proven difficulty in accessing or accepting care in general dental services, including adults with moderate and severe learning and physical disabilities or mental health problems
adults with medical conditions who need additional dental care
housebound and homeless people

To find out more about the community dental care available in your area, contact NHS England on 0300 311 2233.

Tips for your appointment

If you are referred to a specialist dental service ensure your dentist is forwarding all necessary documents.

Don't be afraid to ask detailed questions about anything you don't understand about your treatment or the costs involved. If necessary let the dentist explain it to your carer or family member.

If you have specific medical requirements, for example medication allergies, or fears make a note of it and tell your dentist at your first appointment. Read the section on Fear of the dentist.

The Oral Health Foundation can also offer advice about dental care for people with special needs.

Costs ? DO YOUR HOMEWORK ... it is not wise just to assume !

NHS dentistry charges from the NHS Choices ( Again ) web site : ... arges.aspx

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I trust that this helps ... ?
On a slight tangent, I once had to go for emergency dental treatment on a Sunday morning at a general hospital. Because the service was rarely fully utilised its where they took prisoners from the local prison... made for some interesting waiting room chat!
Jenny, don't worry! I certainly mentioned that my mum had the community dental service. She had very few teeth left, bad gums. The dentist prescribed special toothpaste, mouthwash etc.