Welcome to At Home Dental
Home Visiting NHS Dentist for Torbay
What Do We Do?
Domiciliary Dental Care -- At Home or in your Residential Care Home.
Domiciliary dental care is dental treatment that is provided in the patient's home or residential care home. Dental treatment is most easily provided in a dental surgery where all the equipment and materials are to hand and it is in the patient's best interest to have dental treatment in the surgery, wherever possible. However, we are able to offer a dental home visit to anyone who is housebound. In particular, aged-care patients for whom travel to the dentist would cause difficulty.
Who is eligible for home visits?
We offer domiciliary visits under NHS regulation although there are criteria which you have to meet to qualify for this. At Home Dental's NHS Domiciliary Service is available only to those people who: -
1. Would find it impossible or exceedingly difficult to attend a dental surgery due to incapacity or infirmity and,
2. Reside within Torbay and,
3. Accept that treatment is limited by the equipment and materials that the dentist can transport and and the circumstances of the visited location.
Please be aware that NHS charges apply unless you are exempt due to benefit or exemption certificates.
What treatment can be provided at a dental domiciliary visit?
Scaling, simple fillings, simple extractions and the making of dentures can all be carried out using portable dental equipment. There are some treatments that cannot be provided in a domiciliary visit because they are more complex or the equipment needed is not transportable. These include x-rays, surgical extractions and crown and bridge work. If these are required they may have to be provided in the dental surgery.
Sometimes it may be the best option to choose a simpler treatment plan that does not include these items. In other cases it may be possible for a patient to have the more complex treatment in the dental surgery and the simpler work carried out on a domiciliary visit.
Your Safety Obligations
If At Home Dental's personnel are to visit you, your premises will become their workplace. Please ensure they are safe.
Please consider the following examples of potential danger: -
Insufficient lighting in rooms and corridors
Sharp objects such as needles and glass
Tripping hazards e.g. slippery floors, loose rugs, clutter
Presence of people intoxicated with drugs, including alcohol
Presence of people with a history of violence or abuse
If the premises are not safe, At Home Dental's personnel will be unable to visit.
Please note that if At Home Dental's personnel feel abused or threatened in any way, the visit will end and there will be no further visits.
Our experienced team has been providing domiciliary dental care since 2001.
We pride ourselves in taking the time to listen to you, your family and carers. The service is provided with kindness care and with sensitivity to your condition and needs. Each patient is treated as an individual and we endeavour to liaise with all concerned when dental treatment is required. If you have difficulty getting to our practice – perhaps you’re immobile, live in a care home, have difficulty with transport, or are housebound – we have the solution.
Dental Check Ups
Understanding NHS Fees
Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. The information on this page explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.
Emergency dental treatment – £23.80
This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.
Band 1 course of treatment – £23.80
This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.
Band 2 course of treatment – £65.20
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
Band 3 course of treatment – £282.80
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
For information about help with dental charges, including how to claim a refund, see our section on help with health costs.
Any treatment that your dentist believes is clinically necessary to achieve and maintain good oral health should be available on the NHS.
You will not be charged for individual items within an NHS course of treatment. Depending on what you need to have done, you should only ever be asked to pay one charge for each completed course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it. A course of treatment is completed when the treatment listed in your treatment plan has been provided in full.
You do not have to pay a dental charge:
if you are having stitches removed
if your dentist has to stop bleeding from your mouth
if your dentures need repair. However, if it isn't possible to repair your dentures and you need new ones then you'll have to pay for this with a Band 3 charge
Who is exempt from NHS dental charges?
To find out if you are exempt from paying the NHS dental charges, please check the NHS website here.
What isn't available on the NHS?
The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive, but which are not clinically necessary. Even where treatment is clinically necessary the dentist will offer you a treatment option that is clinically appropriate. If you choose to have alternative treatment options then you will have to pay privately for these.