Some NHS dentists offer emergency dental treatment outside of regular office hours. You can contact your regular NHS dentist to find out if they offer this service.
Yes, if you have a regular NHS dentist, you may be able to access emergency dental treatment through them.
If you are registered with an NHS dentist, you should contact them first if you require emergency dental treatment. Your dentist will be able to assess your situation and advise you on the appropriate course of action.
If your regular NHS dentist is not available, they may have an out-of-hours service that you can contact for emergency treatment. Alternatively, they may direct you to the NHS Emergency Dental Service, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It’s important to note that not all NHS dental practices provide emergency dental treatment, and some may only offer it to their registered patients. If you are not registered with an NHS dentist, you can still access emergency dental treatment through the NHS Emergency Dental Service by calling NHS 111.
In any case, if you are experiencing severe dental pain, trauma or bleeding, it’s important to seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible to alleviate your discomfort and prevent any further complications.
Here is some more information about accessing emergency dental treatment through your regular NHS dentist:
- Contact your dental practice: If you require emergency dental treatment, your first point of contact should be your regular NHS dentist. Most dental practices have a phone number that you can call to speak to a receptionist or an answering service outside of regular practice hours. They will be able to advise you on what to do next and may be able to offer you an appointment for emergency treatment.
- Explain your symptoms: When you contact your dental practice, make sure to explain your symptoms in detail. This will help them to assess the urgency of your situation and advise you on the appropriate course of action. If you are experiencing severe dental pain, trauma or bleeding, they may recommend that you come in for emergency treatment immediately.
- Attend your appointment: If your NHS dentist offers you an appointment for emergency dental treatment, make sure to attend it. If you are unable to attend your appointment, let your dental practice know as soon as possible so that they can offer the appointment to someone else.
- Payment for treatment: If you are eligible for free NHS dental treatment, your emergency dental treatment will be provided free of charge. If you are not eligible for free treatment, you will be required to pay a fee. The cost of emergency dental treatment on the NHS is set by the government and is the same across all NHS dental practices. You will be informed of any charges before treatment is provided.
- Follow-up care: Depending on the nature of your emergency dental treatment, you may require additional follow-up care. Your NHS dentist will advise you on any further treatment that you require and may refer you to a specialist dental service if necessary.
It’s important to remember that if you are unable to access emergency dental treatment through your regular NHS dentist, you can still contact the NHS Emergency Dental Service by calling NHS 111. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is accessible to anyone who requires emergency dental care.