Dental services


These guidelines have been produced to guide clinical decision making for the medical, nursing and allied health staff of Perth Children’s Hospital. They are not strict protocols, and they do not replace the judgement of a senior clinician. Clinical common-sense should be applied at all times. These clinical guidelines should never be relied on as a substitute for proper assessment with respect to the particular circumstances of each case and the needs of each patient. Clinicians should also consider the local skill level available and their local area policies before following any guideline. 

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To guide staff regarding dental services at Perth Children’s Hospital.

Dental Service at Perth Children’s Hospital

  • The dental clinic is located on Ground floor, Clinic C and provides dental treatment for medically compromised children
  • Visiting staff include: sessional dentists, paediatric dentists, periodontists, orthodontists and maxillofacial surgeons
  • Child patients are taken on for continuing dental care if they suffer from a chronic medical condition
  • Treatment at the Perth Children's Hospital Dental department is prioritised according to the degree to which a child’s medical condition places them at increased risk of adverse outcome if they are treated outside of a teaching hospital, and the degree to which their medical condition has associated dental pathology
  • The dental clinic staff, however, are available for management of any orodental emergency for any child presenting to PCH
  • Dental department clinicians are available at all times for consultation on request.
  • During clinic hours (0800 ‐ 1600, Monday to Friday) patients may be sent to the Dental clinic after first contacting 6456 3727 to ascertain that a Dentist is on duty at that time
    • If the Dentist is unavailable, a request should be made to speak with the Dental Therapist who will then advise what action should be taken.

Fax number: 6456 2048
Location: Ground floor, Clinic C

  • An emergency roster of on‐call dentists is available at the switchboard. This is a 24‐hour, 365 day a year service. A dental opinion should be sought if significant emergencies arise out of hours.

Alternative dental service for ineligible children (non‐emergency dental management) 

  • Children aged 5 years of age or older and enrolled in a government or private school are eligible for treatment via the School Dental Service
  • Dental Therapy Centres are distributed on the campuses of public schools across the metropolitan area and regional centres. All treatment is provided by the service at no charge
  • Children who have a Healthcare Card can access specialist paediatric dental care at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia. Treatment at the facility is subsidised on a means‐tested basis; in some cases treatment may be provided at no charge
  • Any child may seek private dental treatment with a general practitioner Dentist or Paedodontist (paediatric dental specialist). Refer to the Dental Services External to the Children’s Hospital document for a list of private dentists.

Endorsed by:  Director, Emergency Department  Date:  Feb 2018

 Review date:   Feb 2021

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