Specialist and Special Care Dental Service

The Specialist and Special Care Dental Service provides a wide range of dental services for people in Cumbria who have a specialist or special care needs. 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.

Patients could be referred into this specialist service by their Dentist, GP, or any other Health Care Professional (e.g. Health Visitor, School Nurse, Social Worker or Learning Disabilities Services)

The service is for patients:

  • with complex medical problems which may affect their dental health
  • with learning difficulties and/or behavioural problems who find it difficult to cope with routine dentistry
  • 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
  • routine care for Children looked After
  • children and adults with a dental phobia who are unable to cooperate for routine dental treatment and require sedation to help with this 
  • a dental practitioner may also refer should they wish specialist care for their patient such as treatment under general anaesthesia

What our patients have said about this service:

The staff were so good, compassionate and skilled. Excellent at their job, fantastic!

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Emergency Dental Care

Access to emergency dental care during the day for patients without a ‘registered’ dentist who require urgent dental care is available. During the week day evenings and weekends callers who require an appointment for emergency or urgent dental care across Cumbria should contact Dental Direct, who would complete a telephone assessment and if appropriate would arrange for an appointment.

Dental Direct:

North Cumbria – 01228 603900

South Cumbria – 01539 716822


Locations of Specialist Dental Services

Carlisle Dental Centre
Infirmary Street

Dental Clinic Penrith Health Centre
Bridge Lane
CA11 8HS

Wigton Group Medical Practice
Southend Low Moor Road

Workington Community Hospital
Park Lane
CA14 2RW

Cleator Moor Health Centre
Birks Road
Cleator Moor
CA25 5HP

Dental Outpatients Department
West Cumberland Hospital
CA28 8JG

Flatt Walk Health Centre
3 Castle Meadows
CA28 7QE

Dental Department
Westmorland General Hospital
Burton Road

Barrow Dental Centre
Abbey Road
Barrow in Furness
LA14 1XH

Dental Department
Ulverston Health Centre
Stanley Street
LA12 7BT