Special care dentists provide an invaluable service to the most vulnerable people. The NHS aim is to ensure that services are as good and as accessible as possible. Healthwatch Cornwall have been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to gather public views on special care dental services in the county. We need to hear the views of the people who currently use the services, or who could be using them, to help shape future service developments.
Special care dentistry is concerned with the improvement of the oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability; or, more often, a combination of these factors.
Some of the people using the services include:
- People suffering from anxiety and / or extreme phobia of dental treatment
- People with learning difficulties and/or autism
- People with physical disabilities
- People experiencing dementia
- Patients who need bariatric equipment
- People undergoing treatment for cancer
- Some homeless people
Do you use special care dental services in Cornwall? If so, please tell us about your experience by filling in our short survey. The closing date for feedback is 4th October 2019.