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    • cmoo
    • By cmoo 8th Feb 18, 1:58 PM
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    Charges by my NHS dentist for treatment
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    • 8th Feb 18, 1:58 PM
    Charges by my NHS dentist for treatment 8th Feb 18 at 1:58 PM
    I recently went to my dentist for a check-up and was charged 20.60. In addition to this she cleaned my teeth privately at a cost of 69. I'm an NHS patient and I was already in the chair when I was told I needed this treatment and that it would have to be done privately. I have some bleeding on my lower gums and was told if this hadn't improved by my next visit I'd need to see a gum specialist who only visits on occasional weekends and can only be seen privately. She didn't mention how much this would cost.

    She also told me I should have a night guard made as my teeth grind at night. This would cost me 244.30 in band 3. I told her that was too much for me ATM.

    Was I overcharged? Was the advice correct? Thanks in advance.
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    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 8th Feb 18, 2:49 PM
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    If you have gum disease then you are entitled to have treatment on the NHS. You would probably have this under band two treatment 53.90.
    However if you need a night guard for grinding then a check up, treatment for gum disease and the night guard should come to 244.30 in total.

    Once you have signed for NHS treatment the dentist is obliged to offer NHS treatment. You should have got a FP17DC form given to you detailing what is private and what is NHS treatment.

    Where it gets difficult is there are very few gum disease specialists available in the U.K. on the NHS. In my area there are none. So effectively any advanced treatment for gum disease will be private in many areas.

    Phone up and ask to speak to the practice manager. Point out you had signed a fp17 form for NHS treatment and treatment for gum disease should be , at most , band two and normally over two visits. Point out you received no fp17dc with costing for private treatment before it was carried out. Either ask for a refund of the difference of what you have paid and the band two treatment , or if you want to put it towards the band three treatment including a night guard. If you get no joy you should be given details of how to escalate the complaint.
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    • By Saffythecat 10th Feb 18, 10:30 PM
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    • 10th Feb 18, 10:30 PM
    Not sure if this is helpful, but I needed a night guard last year and got it for 35 because my dentist wrote to the health board. I am in Scotland, so possibly a different system, but I think the guard had to be paid for privately at a cost of about 200 if the health board had rejected the request.
    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 11th Feb 18, 9:13 AM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 9:13 AM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 9:13 AM
    Completely different system in England than Scotland. In England they are a band three treatment 244.30. It would be slightly less in Wales , Northern Ireland has a pay for treatment system like Scotland.

    A patient charge of 35 would just about cover the lab fee for a good night guard .
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