If you are registered with us as an NHS patient we are able to perform the following treatments in accordance with NHS regulations:
The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy. You will only ever be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it – either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3. If you have to be referred to another dentist for another, separate course of treatment, you can expect a second charge. Some minor treatments, including having stitches removed or repair to dentures (if they can be repaired), are free.
If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive:
Band 1 course of treatment – £18.80
This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant.
Band 2 course of treatment – £51.30
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.
Band 3 course of treatment – £222.50
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.
NHS fee guide as of the 1st April 2015.
Emergency Appointments –If you require emergency care (Pain), you will usually pay a Band 1 Charge for this appointment where we will try to get you out of pain. We may then need to get you back for a full course of treatment to provide a definitive solution, which may attract a seperate band 2 or 3 charge depending on the treatment required (following a full assessment).
Some patients may qualify for exemption and receive free NHS dental services. If you qualify for this then please ensure that you bring your NHS exemption certificate or card, or proof of benefits along to every Examination appointment, as a new reference number is often issued annually with an expiry date. If you do not bring this proof with you, we may have to charge you for the services you receive or defer the appointment to another time. Please note not all state benefits apply for exemption from charges. Information on exemption can be seen at the link at the bottom of this page.
For further information on dental services in your area, please contact the NHS dental helpline on 0300 1000 899 or visit the West Sussex NHS website at http://www.westsussex.nhs.uk/dentists.