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Special Care Dental Services (SCDS)

Scroll down for information about dental prevention for patients with early dementia.

We are a referral-only service for patients with special needs due to medical and health problems. We also provide dental treatment on a domiciliary basis for housebound people and training in oral healthcare.

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.

  • Service Location:
    • Brighton
    • Hove
    • West Sussex
  • How To Access:

    To refer patients to the special care dental service please complete and return this form:

    To refer domiciliary patients in Brighton and Hove please complete and return this form:

    To refer domiciliary patients in West Sussex areas please complete and return this form:

  • 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 457622
    *Crawley Hospital - 01293 525421
    *Jubilee Dental Centre, Chichester - 01243 793699
    *Special Care Dental Centre, 12/14 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing - 01903 843520
    *Morley Street, Brighton - 01273 692549 (Option 1)
    *Chailey Dental Clinic (only for children already seen at Chailey Clinical Services)

    Head Office Contact Details (Referrals Only)
    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 - 10pm

    Saturday - Sunday and Bank Holidays
    8.30am - 1pm 

    NHS Dental Helpline: 0300 123 1663

  • More Information:

    Watch our short videos on:

    Read poem from a user of our service

    Dental prevention and the patient with early dementia

    Below is a video on treating dental patients with early dementia<a

    Informative leaflets on dementia are available as follows:

    A leaflet for patients with dementia clicking here.

    A leaflet for healthcare professionals is available by clicking here.

    Access a free journal article by clicking here.

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    Strategic Business Unit
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