Atlantic Dental Practice

NHS & Private Dental Treatment


NHS Exemptions


You will not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts you are:-

  • under 18 years of age
  • under 19 years of age and in full time education
  • pregnant or you have had a baby within the 12 months before your treatment starts

You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts or when you are asked to pay:-

  • you are included in an award of Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit Guarantee or Universal Credit (check entitlement after 31st October 2015)
  • you are named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • you are named on a valid HC2 certificate

If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate you may not have have to pay for all your NHS dental treatment.  HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme.

You will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment if you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their on own:-

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit savings credit

Proof of your entitlement - You will be asked to show your dentist written proof that your are entitled to financial help with your dental treatment.  This will vary depending on your circumstances.  To check what documents you need please see the NHS HC11 leaflet avalable on