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Learning disability specialised dentistry

We work with patients, families and carers to establish long-term relationships to provide caring, understanding environments for those with learning disabilities. 

Specialised dentistry for those with learning disabilities

It may be appropriate to use behavioural and communication techniques, inhalation sedation, home visits or general anaesthetic to facilitate dental treatment. We also communicate and liaise regularly with hospital services, social services, specialist learning disability services and special schools to ensure all the patient’s needs are met.

Meet our specially trained team

Our learning disability champions have undertaken specialist training to better understand the inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities and are able to identify reasonable adjustments that can be made to help the patient have the best experience.This has provided a greater awareness and understanding of treating patients with disabilities, ensuring that they are not disadvantaged or excluded in any way. Specialist equipment is available to make reasonable adjustments to meet our patient’s needs.

Who will benefit from this service?

We offer a caring and compassionate environment for patients who will benefit from the reasonable adjustments. We work closely and build healthy relationships with our patients, carers and other health professionals.

  • Community learning disability team
  • Intensive health outreach team
  • Social services
  • School nurses
  • GP’s
  • Health visitors
  • plus hospital staff if necessary

 

We have developed a range of easy read leaflets to help explain the treatment we offer. Staff with additional training in learning disabilities act as points of contact for the dental team, patients and their carers. All patient leaflets are available in easy read.

Community Dental Services are ONLY available to current patients and those who are referred by their dentist, or healthcare worker

 

To access our specialist services please be sure to contact your current dentist, or healthcare professional.

 

 

 

When to use this service...

  • Do you or someone you care for find it difficult to communicate with those around them?
  • Does your/their disability impact on your ability to accept dental care?
  • Would they be able to understand and consent to their treatment or would others need to make a decision in their best interest?
  • Do you/they require assistance to carry out and maintain oral hygiene?

You may be eligible to be treated by our service. We accept referrals from General Dental Practitioners and Health Care Professionals. Ask about being referred to us for your dental treatment.

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The staff are always very helpful and put the patient at ease

– FFT Dental comments

I liked going in the chair, I was nervous about coming but the dentist and nurse made me feel happy

– FFT Dental comments

The care here is always perfect. The staff are kind and professional.

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– FFT Dental comments

Brilliant care for my autistic son, they get him to accept such good tooth care. Amazing team!

– FFT Dental comments

Absolutely amazing A* all the way. Thank you for your awesome advice

– FFT Dental comments

Fantastic nurses, they put me at ease and explained what was going to happen in the appointment. I left feeling happy

– FFT Dental comments

 

 

How to find us

Gloucestershire Community Dental Service have seven specialist sites across the county. For details and clinic opening times use the searchable map opposite or click 'Find our clinics'.

 

 

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Community Dental Services are ONLY available to current patients and those who are referred by their dentist, or healthcare worker

 

To access our specialist services please be sure to contact your current dentist, or healthcare professional.

 

 

 

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