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/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 points to remember regarding Direct Access to the Dental Hygienist/Therapist include:
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.