National Smile Month 2015

This is a Countywide service working in 10 different locations across the in Community Hospitals and Health Centres.  The team is made up of Senior Managers,  Consultants, Dentists, Students, Teachers,  Dental Nurses, Hygienists,  Therapists, Administrative staff,  Laboratory and technician staff, Emergency Bank Dentists and Nurses.

Both adults and children are seen for a range of complex medical problems;  people with learning difficulties and/or behavioural problems who find it difficult to cope with routine dentistry, people with physical access problems for example large wheelchairs which make it difficult to access general dental practices and patients who are housebound and have mobility problems.

Children and adults with a dental phobia who are unable to cooperate for routine dental treatment and require sedation to help with this are also treated. A dental practitioner may also refer should they wish specialist care for their patient such as treatment under general anaesthesia.

On average the service receives approximately 90 referrals per week. They provide continued care for approximately 6000 patients across the County.

Typically, the patients cared for have specific requirements that make the ‘high street’ dental practice setting difficult or unsuitable. Patients can only access our services by referral from dentists, GP, health care professional and education.

The service is available from 9am 9.30pm Monday to Sunday including bank holidays.

Pictured (L-R): Evanne Monkhouse and Lindsey Ambrose from the Carlisle Specialist Dental Team.