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Our Services

Community Dental Service

Also known as: Dental Services

The Community Dental Service in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland provide a full range of dental treatment for patients of all ages who have difficulty in accessing general dental services (high street/family practice).

We aim to provide high quality dental care locally for patients with a wide range of special needs. This includes individuals who are medically compromised or have mental health issues; adults and children with severe learning disabilities or physical disabilities and children with behavioural management issues.

We also carry out oral health promotion and epidemiology and we work closely with education, social and other health care professionals.

Where patients have learning difficulty or cognitive impairment, inhalation sedation or intravenous sedation may be useful.

We carry out treatment under general anaesthesia in a hospital setting for young children or for adults with special needs.

We have specialist equipment such as wheelchair recliner, hoists and transfer aids.

Certain medical conditions can increase the risk in having dental treatment and our team is experienced in dealing with these.

The team:

Our team includes specialists in special care dentistry, dentists, therapists, hygienists, dental nurses and oral health promoters. We are skilled in behaviour management techniques and cater for individual needs.

How you can access our service:          

The service will accept appropriate referrals for any person who lives in  Gateshead, South Tyneside or Sunderland, or from any Health or Social Care professional. Referrals should be made to our central office:

Referrals Coordinator
Clarendon House
Windmill Way
Hebburn
Tyne & Wear
NE31 1AT

Tel:  0191 5026750
Fax: 0191 4041347
communitydentalsotw.electronicreferrals@nhs.net

Patients and referrers can expect to be sent an offer letter for an assessment appointment within 4 weeks.

Our clinics are based at :

Blaydon Primary Care Centre
Wrekenton Health Centre
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
South Tyneside District Hospital
Palmer Community Hospital
Monkwearmouth Health Centre
Washington Primary Care Centre
Houghton Health Centre

Please note that NHS dental charges do apply to patients attending our service

Locations for Community Dental Service in Gateshead:

Blaydon Primary Care Centre, Blaydon, 0191 5026750

Wrekenton Health Centre, Gateshead, 0191 5026750

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, 0191 5026750

Locations for Community Dental Service in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 5026750

Palmer Community Hospital, Jarrow, 0191 5026750

Locations for Community Dental Service in Sunderland:

Monkwearmouth Health Centre, Sunderland, 0191 5026750

Washington Primary Care Centre, Washington, 0191 5026750

Houghton Health Centre, Houghton-le-Spring, 0191 5026750