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Eligibility for Adult Dental Services

For the most part, adults have to pay for dental services. There is a limited range of dental services that are funded for some adults.

You may be eligible for free dental services if you:

  • have a disability or medical condition such as mouth cancer. If so, you may be referred to a hospital for your dental treatment by your usual dental practitioner or GP
  • have a community services card and require emergency dental care, such as pain relief or extractions.

If these services are provided by your hospital or dentists contracted by the Southern DHB, you may still need to pay some of the treatment cost.

If you require emergency care in Otago, but cannot afford to be treated privately, you can be referred to the University of Otago Dental School which can provide you with the care you need at a subsidised rate.

If you require emergency care in Southland, but cannot afford to be treated privately, you can be referred to the Southland Hospital Dental Service which can provide you with the care you need at a subsidised rate.

To find out more, please contact:
Otago: 0800 672 543 
Southland: 0800 825 583
Email: oralhealth@southerndhb.govt.nz

You can access any of our oral health services by getting in touch with any of our clinicians and discussing the care you need.