As of May 1st 2013, The General Dental Council permits patients the option to directly access the services of a Dental Hygienist, and/or Dental Therapists without out having to see a Dentist prior to their appointment. Previously, an examination was required before prescribing any treatments, but now patients have the option to access treatments from Dental Hygienists directly.
Dental Hygienists/Therapists are registered dental professionals, who help patients maintain their 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 (please see full list below). If a referral is necessary, the Hygienist or Therapist will explain the reasons for this and seek the patient’s consent to be proceed.
Please be aware of the following important notes regarding Direct Access to the Dental Hygienist/Therapist.
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, the patient or if something is outside their scope of practice of what they are allowed to do.
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.