Oxfordshire Community Dental Service, part of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, provides NHS specialised dental care, and advice to a wide range of patients in Oxfordshire who are unable to be treated in general dental practice but do not need to be treated in hospital. This includes patients with medical conditions, learning or physical disabilities, anxiety or phobia, mental health issues and children/adults requiring special care dentistry, including orthodontics
Patients can access the service via referral from their dentist, doctor, healthcare professions, such as health visitors, those working within secondary care, and social care professionals. Referrals into the service can be made via the Central Referral Bureau.
Oxfordshire Community Dental Service has 10 clinics located across the county. Some of these clinics provide treatment with sedation and for patients with mobility issues there is a hoist available at East Oxford Dental Clinic. There is also access to treatment under general anaesthesia. For those who are eligible, dental care and treatment can be provided in patients’ homes via the domiciliary service. Disabled access and limited parking is available at all clinics.
The service can provide urgent care for patients who need urgent care but cannot access NHS dentistry locally. This is dependent on the availability of urgent appointments on the day.
Referrals are accepted from staff working across any team or service in Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, General Dental Practitioners, General Medical Practitioners or any other health or social care professional for patients who meet the referral criteria.