Our service can help you if:
- you have dental fear or anxiety
- you find it difficult to access a dentist because you use a wheelchair
- you’re housebound or have mobility problems
- you’ve got complex medical problems that affect your dental health
- you’ve got learning difficulties or behavioural problems that make it hard to cope with routine dentist appointments
We may also be able to help you if have a dental emergency and your normal dentist is closed or you’re not registered with a dentist, if you are suffering from:
- bleeding or injury after having a tooth removed
- a broken tooth
- facial swelling
- severe toothache
Please follow the instructions in the next section about making emergency appointments.
Emergency dental treatments
When you call one of the numbers below, you’ll speak to a trained adviser and answer some questions about your symptoms. Depending on your situation you’ll:
- find out what local service can help you
- be connected to an emergency dentist
- get an appointment if you need one
- be told how to get any medicine you need
- get self-care advice
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm
North Cumbria: 01228 603900
South Cumbria: 01539 716822
If you need help outside of these hours you call NHS 111.
Special care dental treatments
When you’re referred to our service, we’ll contact you to discuss your needs. If you or your child is offered an appointment, we’ll go through your options and together we’ll decide on the best treatment plan for you.
If you or your child suffers from dental fear or anxiety and needs sedation, this may be done with tablets, gas and air or by using an intravenous (IV) sedation.
IV sedation is when a sedative is given through an injection into your hand or arm. The drugs won’t send you to sleep but you’ll feel calm and relaxed. You’ll be able to talk to the dentist but you probably won’t remember much of what happened.
We may offer you or child a general anaesthetic. You can read more about general anaesthesia here.
Once your course of treatment is completed, you’ll be discharged back to your own dentist. If you have ongoing or specific needs, you may continue to receive your dental care from us.
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