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Special care dentistry – hospital based

What we do

We care for patients who need hospital dental or oral healthcare treatment. This includes dental care for plus-size patients (bariatric dentistry).

We offer a full range of sedation: inhalation, intravenous and general anaesthesia.

We assess and treat patients with one or more of the following:

  • a physical disability
  • complex medical conditions
  • a learning disability
  • severe dental phobia or anxiety
  • severe mental health conditions

First appointment – assessment

We will assess you at your first appointment. This may include having x-rays. We will discuss the results with you and decide what treatment you need.

You may need to come to another appointment for treatment.

Preparing for your first appointment

Please bring the following to your first appointment:

  • Your appointment letter
  • A list of any medicines you are taking
  • Details of any doctors or healthcare professionals caring for you
  • A list of questions you want to ask

Treatment appointment

If you choose to have your treatment under intravenous sedation, watch our 2-minute film about how to prepare for this and what to expect. Also read the ‘IV Sedation’ leaflet (below) for more details:


Third floor, Dental Institute, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

Patient information leaflets

TitleFile SizeLink
Dental radiology (adult patients)147 KB
Dental radiology (child patients)285 KB
Having general anaesthetic for dental treatment (easy read)4 MB
Having inhalation (gas) sedation for dental treatment (easy read)2 MB
Having intravenous sedation for dental treatment (easy read)3 MB
Having your teeth checked at the dentist (easy read)991 KB
Having your teeth cleaned at the dentist (easy read)2 MB
Having your tooth filled at the dentist (easy read)2 MB
Having your tooth removed (extracted) at the dentist (easy read)2 MB

Conditions we treat

For full information about the conditions we treat, please refer to the ‘Guidance notes for Special Care Dentistry Referrals’ pdf below.

You should follow the guidelines carefully and then ensure that you complete all the required sections on the ‘Special Care Dentistry Referral Form’ below.

What is required before referring a patient

Radiographs/photos, if appropriate, sent using one of the channels listed under routine referrals.

Booking a patient at King’s

Routine Referrals

Referrals must be made using the referral form below, accompanied by radiographs/photos where appropriate. Electronic referrals are preferred. Please email via an NHS Mail account.

Email: [email protected]
Post: King’s College Hospital Dental Waiting List Office, Bessemer Road, London, SE5 9RS

Email: [email protected]
Post: Community Special Care Dental Referrals, Coldharbour Works, 245a Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8RR

Emergency Referrals

We do not accept urgent or out of hours referrals.

For suspected cancer, use the urgent suspected cancer referral pathway.

Other Queries

Any queries about the referral process should be directed to the central team on 020 3299 4988 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) prior to submission of the referral form.

Referral forms

TitleFile SizeLink
Dental Referral Form – Special Care Dentistry118 KB
Guidance notes for Special Care Dentistry Referrals364 KB

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Ms Sarah Buckingham Consultant
Dr Eimear Carr Senior Dentist
Dr Charlotte Curl Consultant in Special Care Dentistry
Dr Julie Edwards Consultant
Miss Sukina Moosajee Consultant in Special Care Dentistry
Ms Samina Nayani-Low Locum Consultant
Dr Ria Prasad Consultant
Dr Sobia Rafique Consultant in Special Care Dentistry