Dental treament for patients unable to access general practice dental care.
- Address: Stoney Stanton Road, CV1 4FS
About this Service
Telephone number: 024 7696 1375
Referral criteria: Special needs and registered with a Coventry GP.
The Community Dental Service is a specialised service providing dental treatment for children, adults and older people who, because of a mental or behavioural impairment or disability, are unable to access a general dental practice for care.
Our staff have expertise in the care, management and understanding of people with special needs. The provision of this dedicated care is often complex and challenging.
We can offer treatment for people with:
- learning difficulties;
- mental health problems;
- physical disability;
- severe or complex medical problems;
- social/emotional/behavioural problems;
- people with severe dental anxiety and phobias
The services we provide are:
- Routine dental care
- A Mobile dental unit that serve the special need schools
- Domiciliary visits for housebound patients who meet service criteria, either in their own home or in residential care.
- Sedation or General anesthetic for patients who meet service criteria.
- Oral Health Promotion
View slides of a patient's journey from parking at the City of Coventry Health Centre to entering the dental surgery: Coventry Community Dental Service - A Patient's Journey.pdf [pdf] 5MB
Dental services for the older person
A domiciliary dental service is available to Coventry residents aged over 65 or over, who meet service acceptance criteria and who, due to frailty or ill health, are considered housebound and can no longer attend a general dental practice. It is only possible to provide a limited range of dental treatment in the home.
Older people who are still able to visit their local dentist should continue to use this service as it is often better to receive treatment in a surgery where possible.
National and local campaigns give the Oral Health Promotion Team the opportunity to positively promote good oral health care. Some of the campaigns we support are:
No Smoking Day is held for one day in March and is run by the British Heart Foundation. Each year help and support is offered to smokers that would like to quit.
Smoking has a significant impact on oral health as well as general health. The Oral Health Promotion team works in partnership with the Healthy Lifestyles Coventry Team to promote the many benefits of stopping smoking.
National Smile Month runs from mid-May to mid-June each year. It gives the Oral Health Promotion Team a good opportunity to provide good mouth care advice and information across Coventry by engaging in local events. These events are advertised via the local media to maximize the awareness and importance of good mouth care.
Stoptober is a national campaign headed by Public Health England, which encourages people across the country to stop smoking together on 1 October for 28 days (and beyond). Evidence shows that if a smoker can quit for 28 days, they are five times more likely to stay smoke-free. Motivation and support are provided before, during and for a period of time after the campaign month.
Mouth Cancer Action Month runs for the whole of November. The campaign raises awareness of the disease and highlights how important it is to check your own mouth and have regular dental checkups. The Oral Health Promotion Team hold roadshows at various venues around the city and incorporates the new 'Bite Back at Mouth Cancer' messages of self-checking.