Face masks and social distancing: Due to the rising prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, we strongly encourage healthcare staff and visitors to wear a face covering in all of our settings, particularly in clinical areas and those with high footfall. Please exercise a common-sense approach and personal responsibility to help us reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our patients, workforce and services. In addition to wearing a face covering, it is important to continue to maintain social distancing where possible. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation at this time. We continue to regularly review our advice based on prevalence in our communities and our hospitals.
The Swansea Bay Community Dental Service (CDS) is dedicated to provide dental care for vulnerable adults and children who may have difficulties seeking and receiving dental treatment throughout the Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot areas.
We provide clinical services to vulnerable adults and children via fixed clinics across the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot areas providing a full range of dental treatment.
We provide conscious sedation services such as inhalation and intravenous sedation. We are also involved in the general anaesthetic (GA) services for paediatric patients via the GA triage referral pathway and also regional general anaesthesia services for paediatric and adult special care patients.
In addition, we provide domiciliary care working alongside general dental practitioners via a joint pathway to deliver dental care in patients own homes, nursing and residential care homes, rehabilitation units and elderly long stay hospitals. This service is for those who are housebound and/or cannot be expected to travel to a dentist to receive dental treatment.
The CDS also plays an important role in supporting oral health promotion programmes and community-based preventative initiatives such as Designed to Smile, Gwen Am Byth, and being involved in the cluster transformation programme. We also help carry out epidemiology studies for Dental Public Health Wales.
We have seven fixed sites within the Swansea Neath Port Talbot area;
Central Clinic, Orchard Street in Swansea City Centre
Port Talbot Resource Centre
Pontardawe Primary Care Centre
Dyfed Road Health Centre in Neath
Sway Road Health Centre in Morriston, Swansea
Ty Einon in Gorseinon, Swansea
Cymmer in Afan Valley
Our main sites which are used are Central Clinic in Swansea and Port Talbot Resource Centre where more specialised care can be given when necessary. Other satellite clinics play an important role in offering closer locations for those who are less able to get to our main sites. We offer domiciliary care for patients who are unable to attend our dental clinics.
Our services are different to High Street dental practices. We do not accept self-referrals from patients directly. It is a referral only service
The CDS accepts referrals from a wide range of health care professionals including General Dental Practitioners, General Medical Practitioners (GPs), hospital staff, health visitors, social workers and professional carers of disabled people.
All referrals for treatment are screened and patients will need to meet our strict criteria to ensure they are appropriate for our service. Patients are then allocated to the most appropriate clinic for their needs, which may not necessarily be the closest one.
You should contact your health professional to request a referral.
We provide a range of treatment and facilities across our clinics, which include:
Most of our clinics have easy ground floor access or a lift, with accessible parking onsite. We also have interpretation services via language line if required. We are also able to liaise with sign language translators if the patient requires that service. We are able to offer more time with each patient in order to help with their anxiety.
We have an experienced and well- trained team, that includes:
A Consultant in Special Care Dentistry
Two Specialists in Paediatric Dentistry
Dentists with training in sedation and special care
DCT and StR in Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry
Therapists, also with additional training
Dental nurses with additional qualifications in sedation, special care, radiology, orthodontics, and oral health education
Community Dental Service, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Central Clinic, 21 Orchard Street, Swansea, SA1 5AT
Contact telephone number: 01792 517838 (Remember the service is by referral only. See 'how to access the service' section above for more details.)
Dr Rohini Mohan - Clinical Lead
Mandy Silva - Senior Service Improvement Manager
Helen Symmons - Operations Manager