Direct Access patients
You no longer need to be registered with the dentist at Shelley Manor Dental to see our hygienist, following a ruling on “Direct access to hygiene services” made by the General Dental Council. This changed the rules about visiting a hygienist and you can now book in to our hygienist clinic without needing a referral from a dentist.
‘Walk In’ Clinic
If you are visiting our hygienist for the first time on a ‘direct access’, i.e. ‘Walk In’ basis, our receptionist will ask you a few questions to find out what your expectations are. This will determine the length of time she recommends for your appointment.
Some patients book in for a one-off ‘freshen up’ as they are gong on holiday or to a special event and want their teeth to be sparkly and clean! Other patients visit our hygiene clinic with the intention of attending regularly, because their own nhs dental practice doesn’t provide a hygienist service.
Sometimes our receptionist might recommend that you book in for an extended initial appointment if you haven’t been to a hygienist for a long time and you think you might have gum problems. This extended appointment is so that our hygienist can carry out a full charting of your teeth and gums and have time to get to know you and explain her findings. The cost for this extended 45 mins appointment is £90.
After this initial visit your appointments are likely to revert to the standard 30 minute appointments. Alternatively you can book in for a standard appointment, but you might be advised to return for a second appointment just to get ‘on top of your oral health’.
On your first visit when you arrive at reception you will be given registration form to fill out that includes questions about your medical history, so if you are taking any medication please make sure to let us know. This information is confidential and is solely for use by your hygienist.