Community Oral Health Clinics

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We provide general dental examinations and care to eligible patients at the Sydney Dental Hospital Community Oral Health Clinic and at a range of other locations. To find your nearest community dental clinic, click here.

Our services may include routine dental examinations (check-up appointments), scale and cleaning, extractions, fillings, and seeks to address your dental concerns.

Eligible patients are placed on a waiting list.

Am I eligible?

Please check if you are eligible for care in the public oral health service by clicking here.

How do I make an appointment?

To find out how to make an appointment, click here.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

To find out what you should bring to your appointment, click here.

Who will I meet at my appointment?

You will meet our receptionist, your dentist, and dental assistant.

Emergency Dental Appointment

If you are experiencing a dental emergency please contact the Centralised Oral Health Intake and Information Service (COHIIS). Please note the COHIIS is only open from 8:00AM to 4:15PM, Monday to Friday.

Phone: 9293 3333/1300 559 393
Fax: 9293 3488

Emergency dental treatment is available at Sydney Dental Hospital and your local community dental clinic during their hours of operation.

Outside these hours please contact your closest Hospital Emergency Department.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency could be uncontrolled bleeding, severe dental infection, trauma (e.g. facial swelling or an accident involving damage to your mouth or teeth).

When you call, you will be asked questions about the severity of your illness, injury or pain. This is called ‘triage’. Triaging patients allows the call centre to understand which emergencies require more urgent treatment than others.

If your condition needs urgent care, you will be treated within 24 hours. Patients with less urgent problems may be offered an appointment on another day. This is why we recommend you call the COHIIS first, before coming to the hospital.

What to expect at your Emergency appointment

At emergency appointments, the dentist will aim to reduce or stop the pain. Only the most serious problem will be treated at an emergency appointment. Patients with the most serious dental problems will be treated first.

We are unable to complete your full course of care at an Emergency dental appointment as multiple problems cannot be addressed. More treatment may be needed. Community Oral Health clinics may be able to provide this service to you.  To find out if you are eligible see who we treat. Please note there is a waitlist for these services.

Waitlists

After you have contacted COHIIS and made an appointment for further treatment you will be placed on a waitlist. Once your name reaches the top of the list, you will be contacted to commence treatment.

Should you experience dental pain whilst waiting for treatment, we encourage you to contact our Centralised Oral Health Intake & Information Service (COHIIS) call centre 02 9293 3333 for a Relief of Pain appointment.

What to expect at your general care appointment

When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked to provide your Centrelink Concession Card and complete a medical history form.

The dentist will talk to you and discuss reasons for your appointment and whether you have any dental problems or concerns and find out some more information about you and your health.

The dentist will examine your mouth and teeth and discuss with you the condition of your teeth and gums and suggest a treatment plan. Options for treatment will be explained to you and a treatment plan will be worked out that both you and we are happy with. Sometimes the dentist may need to order x-rays or will recommend referral to a specialist (e.g. an Endodontist).