Community Dental Service

Castle Circus Health Centre (Dental Main Office)
Abbey Road
Torquay
TQ2 5YH

Tel: 01803 217777

Brunel Dental Centre
Brunel Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 4XX

Tel: 01626 325920

Dental Clinic
South Hams Hospital
Plymouth Road
Kingsbridge
TQ7 1AT

Dental Clinic
Tavistock Clinic
Plymouth Road
Tavistock
PL19 8BX

Email: Community Dental Service

Please contact the main reception at Castle Circus Heath Centre or Brunel Dental Centre for all enquiries regarding the dental service.

Opening hours

Castle Circus Health Centre & Brunel Dental Centre – Monday to Friday 8.45am – 4.30pm. We are closed at lunchtimes from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Car parking charges apply at Castle Circus Health Centre.

South Hams Hospital & Tavistock Clinic have limited opening hours. Please contact the main office for further information.

Please note we are closed at weekends and on public holidays.

Services

We provide a specialised dental service for adults and children with complex needs who find it difficult to use general dental services.

We deal with public health issues such as epidemiological surveys, the identification of oral health inequalities in the local population and the provision of oral health promotion activities.

Eligible patients are:

  • NHS treatment for people with mental and or physical health problems.
  • NHS treatment for individuals with special needs such as wheelchair users, bariatric patients, housebound people.
  • NHS treatment for groups of people with special needs such as special schools and people with learning disabilities.

People are usually referred to the Special Care Dental Service from other services but please contact us for advice.

If you would like to refer someone to the South Devon Special Care Dental Service and they meet the above criteria you can download our referral forms:

Mandatory NHS treatment includes:

  • Urgent treatment
  • Examination, diagnosis & advice
  • Preventive care for patients
  • Education for carers
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Conservative treatment
  • Minor surgical treatment
  • Supply & repair of dental appliances
  • Taking of radiographs
  • Supply of listed drugs & listed appliances
  • The issue of prescriptions

Advanced mandatory NHS treatment includes:

  • Sedation care
  • Domiciliary dental care

NHS Choices may help to clarify some of the above services that we offer on their dental health advice pages.

For more information see our Practice leaflet.

Urgent dental care

Urgent NHS Dental treatment is for people who do not have a regular dentist and are in need of urgent dental care in the case of trauma and pain.

South Devon Special Care Dental Service arranges appointments for people who need urgent NHS dental treatment. This is likely to be with a General Dental Practitioner and for the relief of pain.

Once the urgent problem has been resolved, all patients are advised to register with an NHS dentist for full mouth assessment and continuing care.

South Devon Special Care Dental Service are unable to register urgent patients.

During office hours please contact South Devon Special Care Dental Service for advice.

Out of hours emergency dental service

If you require help outside of these hours, please contact Devon Dental on 03330 063 300. For more information, visit Devon Dental‘s website.

NHS Choices provides information on toothache.

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