Oral Health Oral Health

Paediatric Dentistry

DalarinjiAbout

The Department of Paediatric Dentistry is a tertiary referral centre that provides specialist dental care to children with a broad range of behavioural, medical and complex oral health needs.

Am I eligible?

All children and young persons (0-18 years) are eligible to be referred for paediatric specialist consultation. However, there are restrictions on some services that can be accessed in the department (for example, treatment under general anaesthetic).

To find out who can access specialist dental care, see who we treat.

For more information on the eligibility criteria of specialist services please refer to the current NSW Health Policy.

How can I use this service?

A child or young person must be referred to our department by a dentist or medical officer to be seen for specialist treatment. In emergency situations an urgent consultation can be organised by calling Sydney Dental Hospital on 02 9293 3333 during opening hours.

Link to referral form:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/oralhealth/Documents/oral-health-specialist-referral.pdf

What should I bring to my first appointment?

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

How do I get there?

To plan your journey to the clinic, find the best way of getting here.

DalarinjiWhat to expect at your appointment

The First Appointment

Your first appointment will usually be a consultation appointment. Your dental clinician will:

  • Discuss the patient's medical and dental history, their oral health needs, and oral hygiene (tooth cleaning) practices.
  • Perform a comprehensive oral examination.
  • Explain the findings and discuss options for treatment that consider the specific needs of the patient. A treatment plan will be worked out with the parent / guardian that meets the specific needs of the patient. This may include consultation with other specialists and with the patient's medical team.
  • Schedule further appointment(s). If the patient is anxious or has special needs, there are a range of options to help facilitate treatment. This includes nitrous oxide sedation (happy gas) or general anaesthetic.

Who will I meet at my appointment?

DalarinjiThe Department of Paediatric Dentistry is staffed by specialist consultants (Paediatric Dentists), dentists, registrars (Paediatric Dentists in training), oral health therapists, dietitians, students and support staff who are all highly trained in the management of children.

Interpreter services can be arranged if required. Services such as social work and legal advice can also be organised if required.

Resources

  • Steps to Smiles pamphlet
    • A program all high caries (dental decay) risk patients are placed on to address the disease. The program allows you to take control of stabilising, reversing and preventing dental caries disease for your child and family.
  • Silver Fluoride pamphlet
    • To fix and reverse dental decay, your dental provider may recommend silver fluoride application. This pamphlet provides further information.
  • Post Extraction pamphlet
    • Instructions on what to do after having a tooth removed (extracted).
  • Post General Anaesthetic pamphlet
    • Instructions on how to look after your child if they are having treatment under general anaesthesia.