You can now book a direct access dental hygiene appointment with our Dental Hygienist
What is Direct Access?
Direct Access means patients now have the option to access treatments from Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists directly.
As of May 1 2013, The General Dental Council permits patients the option to directly access the services of a Dental Hygienist, and/or Dental Therapists without having to see a dentist prior to their appointment. Previously, an examination was required before prescribing any treatments.
Dental Hygienists – what do they do?
Dental Hygienists/Therapists are registered dental professionals, who help you maintain your oral health by preventing and treating periodontal disease and promoting good oral health.
Our practice policy gives patients the option to access certain treatments without having to see a dentist first. Not all treatments are included. If a referral is necessary to the dentist, the Hygienist or Therapist will explain the reasons for this and seek the patient’s consent to be sent to one of our highly skilled dentists.
Important Hygienist Information
Important points to remember regarding Direct Access to the Dental Hygienist/Therapist include:
They must work within the extent of their training and must not undertake duties for which they have not been trained
If any issues are identified whilst performing their duties, they will advise a referral to a Dentist or necessary healthcare professional in the best interest of you or if something is outside their scope of practice
Teeth whitening still requires a prescription and dental assessment for patient suitability from a Dentist, allowing treatment to then be carried out by a Dental Hygienist/Therapist whilst a Dentist is on the premises.
Please ensure you allow extra time when arriving for your appointment as a Medical History Questionnaire and direct access consent forms need to be completed prior to your appointment.