Important Covid-19 information

All of our Essex clinics are now open.

In order to comply with stringent infection control practices, appointments are allocated to each clinic on the basis of the type of care to be provided, rather than by patient location.

If you would like to enquire about a referral, please contact the Referrals team based within the Witham Clinic on 01376 337841

Attendance at a clinic is by appointment only to enable us to ensure adequate social distancing.

We have had to cancel routine care during the Lockdown period, and are currently re-establishing services, prioritising the most urgent care first. We will contact patients as and when we are able to see them, but please call us on the telephone number above if you have an urgent dental problem.

When you attend for an appointment at the clinic, you will be advised to remain in your car until a member of staff comes out to collect you (or to wait outside the main entrance if on foot). You will be asked to wear a mask and to apply sanitizer to your hands before you come into the clinic. All patients will have had a telephone or video consultation with a clinician before their appointment and the exact nature of the treatment to be provided will be agreed during that call.

It is important that you let us know during this call if you or any or anybody in your household has had symptoms of COVID 19 (persistent cough, high temperature, persistent loss of taste or smell). The presence of symptoms will not prevent you from accessing urgent care, but we will need to put suitable arrangements in place to minimise the risk of transmission.

To minimise personal contact, we ask that patients do not bring any non-essential items into the clinic, and that they are unaccompanied unless they require the presence of a carer or parent to attend. If you pay for your treatment, where possible, we will ask you to do this over the telephone.

The clinic

Clacton-on-Sea

Clacton Hospital
Tower Road
Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
CO15 1LH

Opening times

MondayEvery other Monday
TuesdayClosed
WednesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Parking

Parking

Pay and display parking is available for patients visiting Clacton Hospital.

Our services

Additional Needs

We know that some patients can have difficulties in accessing dental care. We’re here to give high quality treatment and a caring, understanding approach to children and adults with additional needs.

What services do you offer?

We are experienced in treating patients with a wide range of additional needs, supporting them and their families and carers through dental treatment.

We have ground floor clinics that are accessible to wheelchair users.  Some of our clinics have wheelchair recliners, hoists and bariatric dental chairs.

We provide a caring, understanding environment for patients with learning disabilities.

We build long-term relationships with our patients. We pride ourselves on our good communication with hospital services, social services, specialist learning disability services and special schools.

We provide dental care with:

  • Behaviour management techniques
  • Inhalation sedation
  • Intravenous sedation
  • General anaesthesia

Do you accept referrals?

We are a referral only service.

General Anaesthetic

For some patients, because of their age or special needs, they are unable to undergo routine dental care such as extractions or fillings in the usual way and they may need to have a general anaesthetic to receive their dental care.

If your dentist believes this is the best option for you, they will refer you to our services. Following this we will offer you an assessment appointment.

Assessment

At your first appointment with us you will be seen by a dentist who will assess your dental needs. You will be asked to provide information about your general health, including any medications you take and you will also be asked whether you pay for NHS dental treatment.

An assessment appointment usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes. After the dentist has checked your mouth and teeth, they will talk to you about any treatment needed. If treatment is needed the dentist will discuss the options available to you which may include treatment under local anaesthetic (numbing the mouth), treatment with sedation or treatment under general anaesthesia.

General Anaesthesia Treatment

Treatment will only be carried out in agreement with you and in a way that you are happy with. If you require dental treatment under general anaesthesia, the dentist will book you an appointment and give you instructions on what to do before that appointment, on the day of appointment and after your treatment. All your dental treatment will usually be done in one appointment under general anaesthesia.

Sedation

We sometimes provide treatment using inhalation or intravenous sedation for patients referred in to our services. We will discuss if this is appropriate and the options available with you during an appointment.