Being a member of a private dental clinic has many benefits. The practice is open later and on weekends, making it easier to get an appointment outside work/school hours. Dentists and dental hygienists have more time to spend with you, and private dentists offer cosmetic treatments in addition to general dentistry.
More and more people are turning to private dentists as it’s becoming increasingly difficult to access NHS dental care. A staggering 91% of NHS dentists in England are no longer accepting new patients.
While ‘going private’ is often perceived as an expensive option, it can be much more affordable than expected. We’re here to explain the benefits of private treatment and how it can be tailored to suit every budget.
What are the differences between private and NHS dentists?
Firstly, private dentists can provide a broader range of treatments. NHS dentists can only carry out treatment deemed ‘clinically necessary’, so anything deemed cosmetic (including removing stains or whitening) will only be available through a private dental clinic.
NHS appointments can sometimes feel rushed as dentists try and fit in as many patients as possible. This means they’re unlikely to have time to advise on maintaining excellent oral health or reducing the risk of future problems. Whereas when you’re a member of a private dentist, your dentist or hygienist will take the time to get to know you and offer advice and suggestions on how to improve your oral health.
Another benefit of private dental care is that you can choose which dentist you’d like to see. This enables you to see the same one each time, providing greater continuity of care and helping nervous patients feel more at ease.
How can I book a private dentist appointment in Sheffield?
Booking an appointment to see a private dentist in Sheffield is simple and straightforward. At Mola Dental, we offer an online booking system that allows you to see the available appointment times and choose your dentist.
We offer appointments during the evenings and weekends. This allows you to book a time that fits around other commitments such as work or education. Our dental surgery is also conveniently located. We’re based at the Archer Road Retail Park in Sheffield. Not far from Woodseats, Milhouses and Abbeydale Road.
Private dentists also maintain good levels of appointment availability, meaning you won’t have to wait long for an appointment or go onto a waiting list.
How much does private dental care cost?
It’s important to remember that although NHS dental treatment is heavily subsidised, it isn’t free. Most private dentists in the UK offer dental plans that spread the cost of dental treatment over affordable monthly payments. These allow you to receive regular check-ups and hygienist visits while offering discounts on any required treatment. Mola Dental offers plans starting from just £8.45 a month; full details are available here.
A dental plan offers more regular check-ups than NHS services, and hygienist visits are only available privately. Therefore, it’s likely that any problems will be identified earlier and be easier to treat. If treatment is required, we offer 0% finance which allows you to spread the cost over 6, 10, or 12 months.
Can I get private dental care for free?
Potentially, yes! It’s worth checking if your employer provides private dental care. This is becoming an increasingly popular employee benefit, making it easy for staff to book appointments outside working hours and quickly access dental care in an emergency.
Check your employment contract for full details of what your cover includes and how to claim or speak to your employer.
Looking at my teeth at the end of the session was amazing, as they haven’t looked so clean and shiny for a very long time!
If you have a dentist phobia, please try Mola Dental – I am so glad I did, you cannot fail to feel cared for, and I will be going back for further visits when I need to. – H.K.
Are you looking for a private dentist in Sheffield?
At Mola Dental, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality service and do everything we can to make nervous patients feel comfortable and supported.
If you’re looking for the best dentist in Sheffield, we’re accepting new patients! You can register with us here, and we look forward to seeing you very soon.