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Type 1 Diabetes, Medical Card Holders, & Dental Treatments.

The Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) is operated by the HSE and provides access to dental treatment for adult medical card holders.

The DTSS covers one free oral examination every calendar year and free emergency dental treatment for all eligible patients. Eligible patients are also entitled to 2 fillings per annum and all extractions.

Additional treatments (for example cleaning) are available to those with specific medical conditions and Type 1 Diabetes is a listed as an approved condition.

Your dentist will be able to give you further information on your entitlements. If you do not currently have a dentist, the “Find a Dentist” section on the IDA website is useful and will show you whether or not a particular dentist accepts medical card patients ( The treating dentist might be asked by the HSE to provide written documentation outlining your medical condition and/or medications from your G.P or other relevant medical professional.

Steps to follow:

  1. Contact your dentist and find out if he takes care of patients with a medical card.
  2. Your dentist will examine you and determine what treatment you need.
  3. If that treatment is more that the basic medical card entitlement, your dentist will complete some forms and apply to the HSE for approval, for this treatment to be done.
  4. On approval your dentist will get in touch with you, with a view to starting your treatment.

Recommended in the Clane & Naas area

Clane Dental Surgery
N.S. Keegan B.A.B. Dent Sc. And associates Dental Surgeons
2 The Woods Centre, Clane,Co. Kildare.
Phone 045 868736

Vista Primary Care
HSE Department
Naas, Co. Kildare
Phone045 986868

Further information on the HSE website here:

Useful information about Type 1 Diabetes and having dental treatment

Irish Dental Association – Tel: (01) 2950072 Fax: (01) 2950092 – Unit 2, Leopardstown Office Park, Sandyford, Dublin 18

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