Special Care Dental Services (SCDS)


Dental services during COVID-19. Please see the latest update regarding this service that we are currently able to provide here.

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We are a dental referral service for patients with special needs and those who have difficulty accessing General Dental Services. We also provide dental treatment on a domiciliary basis for housebound people and training in Oral Health Care.

Our service is for patients with specific health and social care issues including:

  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Challenging behaviour / severe management difficulties
  • Child Protection Register and looked after children
  • Dental phobias
  • Homeless
  • Learning disabilities
  • Medical problems
  • Mental health diagnosis
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social problems
  • Specifically for children
  • Travellers
  • Undergoing rehabilitation

General Anaesthetic Services

Children: Referrals from General Dental Practitioners for children who require general anaesthesia for treatment are also accepted.

Adults: We are able to offer a GA service for eligible adults at specific locations

The service does not provide intravenous sedation. We provide intravenous sedation for patients with special needs, who meet our pre-set criteria.


Brighton, Hove, West Sussex

How To Access

Patients in Brighton & Hove can be referred by completing and returning the following form

Patients in West Sussex areas can be referred by completing and returning the following forms (as relevant):

Contact Details

Please see list of clinics below.

Opening Hours

Dental Clinics
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

How to find us

We have clinics at:

  • Haywards Heath Health Centre – 01444 457 622
  • Crawley Hospital – 01293 525 421
  • Jubilee Dental Centre, Chichester – 01243 793 699
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  • Central Clinic, Worthing – 01903 843 520
  • Lancing Dental Clinic – 01903 843 310
  • Littlehampton Dental Clinic – 01903 843 636
  • Morley Street, Brighton - 01273 692 549 (Option 1)
  • Chailey Dental Clinic (only for children already seen at Chailey Clinical Services)

Head Office Contact Details (Referrals Only)
Emma German,
Dental Administrator
Special Care Dentistry
Haywards Heath Health Centre
Heath Road
Haywards Heath RH16 3BB
Tel: 01444 884109
Email: sc-tr.scdhq@nhs.net

Emergency appointments (EDS)
Patients under the care of the service should contact their usual clinic as early as possible (Monday to Friday). If the clinic is closed that day, please call 01444 884108. However, if you are registered with a general dental practitioner and have been referred for a specific treatment plan, you should contact them in the first instance.

The NHS out of hours Emergency Dental Service for Brighton and Hove can be reached on: 03000 242548.

Click here for out of hours Emergency Dental Service for West Sussex Alternatively, you could contact the NHS helpline by dialling: 111.

EDS Contact Details

Please see the list of clinics and opening times by selecting the link above.

Emergency Clinics
Monday - Friday 5.30pm - 10.00pm

Saturday - Sunday & Bank Holidays
8.30am - 1.00pm

More information

NHS Dental Helpline: 0300 123 1663

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  • Dental prevention and the patient with early dementia

    Below is a video on treating dental patients with early dementia

    Informative leaflets on dementia are available as follows:

    A leaflet for patients with dementia clicking here.

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