NHS patients, who pay for their treatment, pay 80% of the treatment costs (including any x-rays), up to a maximum of £384. Full details of NHS dental charges are provided at reception.
If the cost of your treatment is likely to exceed the limit of £384, then your dentist will need to apply to the Health Board for approval to provide your treatment. The waiting time for a decision from the Health Board is around 6-8 weeks, and the decision is taken by the Health Board, not your individual dentist. Even if your treatment costs more than £384, this is the maximum you will have to pay for treatment provided on the NHS.
Free NHS treatment
The following people can receive free NHS treatment:
- Everyone aged under 18
- Those aged 18 in full-time education
- Pregnant and nursing mothers, until your baby is 12 months old
- Those with certificated exemption from payment because of income
You may be exempt from paying NHS charges if you are in receipt of:
- Income Support
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
Or if you are entitled to or named on:
- A valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- A valid HC2 certificate issued under the terms of the NHS Low Income Scheme
The rules regarding exemption for NHS charges may be subject to change over time, and please ask our reception staff for further information. Please bring evidence of any exemption with you to your appointment.