A patient does not have to pay any dental charges for a course of treatment if, on the first day of treatment (including examination), they are:
• Under 18 years of age
• Aged 18 and in full-time education
• An expectant mother
• A woman who has had a baby in the previous twelve months (for further guidance please see the foot of this page)
A patient does not have to pay any dental charges for a course of treatment if, on the day the charge is made, they or their partner currently receive:
• Income Related Employment Support Allowance
• Income Support
• Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
• Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
• Pension Credit Guarantee credit
• Named on a valid NHS Low Income Scheme Certificate, HC2, for full help
The dental charge may be reduced for patients named on a NHS Low Income Scheme certificate HC3 for limited help, if the certificate is valid on the day the charge is made.
Patients who are in a group eligible for exemption on the first day of treatment will remain entitled throughout the course of treatment, regardless of any change in their circumstances.
Unlike exemption, however, patients are entitled to remission if they are in an eligible group on the day the charge is made, regardless of whether they were entitled when the course of treatment started. These patients must complete the relevant information in Part 8 of form GP17 (10/08) (Part 2 of the GP17PR), including the date the dentist made the charge.
The exemption and remission categories are accurate as of 10/2010 but are subject to change.
Pregnant patients-further guidance
What are the exemptions in cases of miscarriage?
A woman who was pregnant at the start of treatment but suffered a miscarriage (regardless of how many weeks she was pregnant) is entitled to free dental treatment for that course of treatment, since at the date of acceptance for treatment she was pregnant.
What are the exemptions in cases of stillbirth?
A woman who was pregnant at the start of treatment but has had a stillbirth which has been registered, (registration of a birth is required where this takes place after the 24th week) is entitled to free dental treatment for 12 months after the date of stillbirth.