Your dentist will discuss any relevant medical conditions with you before treatment. A full dental check up will take place and you will be welcome to ask any questions of the dentist.
You are likely to have x-rays done during this initial visit. The price for this visit will be unknown until we examine you. But it will fall into one of the 3 cost bands – see list of NHS price below. At the same time, you will be asked to sign the NHS form which asks whether you pay the NHS charges for your treatment or if you are accepting a benefit which entitles you to free treatment. Any proof of benefit you have brought with you should be shown to the dentist in the surgery.
You will then be asked to take your medical questionnaire back to reception to make a further appointment, if necessary, and to sign a form for the Department of Health.
(Please note that from 1st April 2006, the Government made NHS dentistry cash limited so we can only provide treatment if we have “units of dental activity” available from the targets set for us by the Government).
You will be given a printed estimate/treatment plan and an appointment card. Your appointment will be with the dentist who did your check up.
You will be asked to pay in full for the band of treatment that applies to you. Should your treatment not be completed for any reason e.g. you might be ill and unable to attend, you will only pay for the work that has been done in any of the bands and we will refund the money to you.
Please note that once you make an appointment to have treatment after receiving your treatment plan, NHS Dentist will consider that you have given us informed consent to treat and charge you.