Children under 16: School Screening Service
The HSE Dental Service provides targeted screening, assessment (including orthodontic assessment) and treatment for children at key developmental stages through our schools programme. At present, the service in Community Healthcare East is providing a service to 6th and 2nd class. Children who are identified as high risk because of exceptional medical or dental needs may be seen more frequently, within available resources.
This service is not intended to provide comprehensive dental care for children and we advise that all children should see their family dentist at least once a year from their first birthday.
A parent or legal guardian should accompany children to every visit to provide consent for examinations and/or treatments.
Dental Services for Medical Card Holders age 16 and over
A list of private dentists contracted to provide services to medical card holders under the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) is available at 01 2744337/ 01 6637329 or can be obtained from any local HSE dental clinic. A patient information leaflet explaining your entitlements is also available.
The HSE Dental Service also provides care to eligible adults with special needs who are unable to access care through the DTSS.
The HSE Dental Service provides an Emergency service to children until their 16th birthday.
The definition of an emergency includes pain, trauma or circumstances where a parent or guardian has a particular concern about the development of their child’s teeth.
An Emergency Clinic is available at each clinic at 9am Monday-Friday. Where possible it is advisable to telephone in advance to confirm that there is a dentist on duty at that location. In the event of an emergency occurring during the day you should first telephone the local clinic or dental office for advice.
These clinics can be very busy and it is not always possible to see all emergency patients within the allotted emergency time. Patients with scheduled appointments will then be given priority. Your child will be seen as soon as is possible and we ask for your patience if you experience delays.
Dublin Dental University Hospital
Children and adults may also self-refer to the Dublin Dental University Hospital at Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 www.dentalhospital.ie. Charges may apply.
The Dental Clinic is located at
Balally HSE Primary Care Centre, Rockfield Medical Campus, Balally, Dublin 16. Tel: 01 2924500 (Monday-Friday)
Other HSE dental clinics can be found at
- Our Lady’s Clinic, Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire. Tel 01 2802404
- Loughlinstown Health Centre, Loughlinstown Drive. Tel 01 2822122
- Irishtown and Ringsend HSE Primary Care Centre, Irishtown Road, Dublin 4. Tel: 01 6608629 This service is not available every day.
Out of Hours Emergency Service
The Dublin Dental University Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, provides a service on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays for severe dental emergencies only from 9:00am to 11:00pm. This service can be accessed by calling 01 6127200 and leaving your details (including the telephone number at which you can be contacted) on the answering machine. If you have a severe dental emergency outside these hours, you should contact the nearest appropriate Emergency Department.
Regional Orthodontic Service
Regional Orthodontic Unit, St. Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Tel: 01 2005240