Children's dental referrals


Referral contacts

  • Post:
    New patient referral unit
    25th floor, Tower Wing
    Guy's Hospital
    Great Maze Pond
    London SE1 9RT

  • Tel: 020 7188 8006

    Fax: 020 7188 1748


Who can refer

Referrals are accepted from general dental practitioners, primary care dentists within the salaried services, general medical practitioners, paediatricians, and other medical and dental specialists.

How to refer

Please see the main dental referrals page for information about how to refer.

Referral criteria

Patients are accepted from birth until the age of 16 years.

The acceptance criteria are:

  • extensive caries in pre-cooperative children and uncooperative older children, where dental treatment under local anaesthesia is not possible, and who may require oral rehabilitation or extraction under general anaesthesia, inhalation or intravenous sedation. Efforts by the referring practitioner should be made to identify a general anaesthesia service, for example within a local hospital service, for their patients in the first instance
  • children who have sustained complex dentoalveolar injuries
  • medically compromised children to whom delivery of dental care poses a risk to their health
  • children with inherited or acquired dental anomalies such as altered tooth structure, shape, size, form and number of teeth
  • children requiring surgical exposure and/or surgical removal of un-erupted teeth
  • children with soft tissue pathology such as oral ulceration, swellings, lumps and bumps
  • children requiring investigation of disorders of eruption and shedding of teeth
  • children with periodontal problems
  • children with extensive erosion
  • phobic children where treatment attempts have failed
  • children with special needs who are not being regularly managed in the local salaried/community dental services 

Emergency dental service

We have a walk-in A&E service in the children's dentistry department which is open from 9am to 11.30am, Monday to Friday.

This service is only for those children who have acute dental infections and acute dental traumatic injuries.