What does this service provide?

Who we are

We are a specialist service for children and young adults under the age of 19, run jointly by a consultant orthodontist, speech and language therapist and dental nurse.

What we do

We provide specialist advice on oral difficulties which affect your speech, eating, drinking or saliva control when your oral problem has not responded to more conventional treatment methods.

We support you to try a non-invasive approach to treating oral difficulties using removable appliances, and to improve your oral skills prior to using other treatment methods.

Appointment information

Appointment types

Appointments take place in the dental clinic at Chailey Clinical Services. When you arrive, our receptionist will check that we have your correct details and show you where to wait for your appointment. The clinic nurse will meet you and take you to the clinic room.

Appointments vary from 30 minutes for your first appointment, to 15 minutes for any follow-up appointments.

During your first appointment, your relevant medical and dental history will be taken, and a routine assessment of your teeth will be made. We may also take an impression of your top teeth to assess your dental state and/or to design a dental appliance.

There will be opportunities to ask any questions and discuss the outcome as well as any concerns you may have.

We will ask your permission for consent to any treatment and also consent for any photographs or video recordings that may be needed to monitor your progress.

Who you’ll see

During your appointment, you’ll meet a consultant in paediatric dentistry, a specialist speech and language therapist and a dental nurse.

What happens after my appointment?

If treatment has been agreed and an impression of your teeth has been taken, you will be offered an appointment the following month to fit the appliance. Additional appointments will be made as needed, to make any adjustments and to monitor your progress. You will be shown how to put your appliance in your mouth and how to remove it as well as being given a recommended programme of wear and a leaflet on how to look after your appliance.

A letter will also be sent to the person who referred you to this service, with copies sent to you, your dentist, GP, and any other relevant healthcare professional. There will also be liaison with your local speech and language therapist throughout your treatment.

How can I access this service?

We accept referrals from your GP, speech and language therapist, or other healthcare professionals. Our service is available to children and young adults under the age of 19.

We accept referrals from any area but if your GP is located outside of Sussex we will require funding to be obtained before acceptance.

For adults over the age of 19, funding will need to be agreed.

How can I contact this service?

Contact details
Telephone: 01825 722 112
Where to find us
Address: Chailey Clinical Services, Beggers Wood Road, Chailey, BN8 4JN

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Opening hours

The Dental PTT Clinics are held once a month on a Friday in the dental clinic at Chailey Clinical Services. The clinics are all day with various appointments ranging form 30 minutes to 1 hour long depending on the treatment needed.

More detailed information about the date, time and location of your appointment can be found on your appointment letter.

Waiting times

You will receive a letter notifying you of the outcome of your referral.

For those accepted, we aim to see all new referrals within 18 weeks on consultant led clinics.

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