Official guidance states that GPs should not deal with dental problems. Lack of appropriate dental provision does not mean this then becomes the responsibility of a GP.
In the same way that doctors must offer same day urgent service where this is clinically appropriate, your dentist must also do the same. Contact your dentist as you would normally.
Your dentist can advise regarding problems within the mouth and can also refer you directly to hospital where clinically necessary.
Doctors at the surgery do not prescribe valium (diazepam) or similar medication for dental phobia in accordance with our policy. Your dentist can prescribe painkillers, as well as any pre-treatment or other necessary medications.
In addition, it is dentists' responsibility to advise on anticoagulation (blood thinners) and whether these need to be continued or stopped prior to any dental work, based on the information that you provide to them about your medical condition(s). If it helps, we can provide you with a summary printout which you can show your dentist.
Prescribing issues – A brief guide for dental practitioners
Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs - Quick Reference Guide
Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs - Full Guidance
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