Special Care Dental Services

Oral Health Services Tasmania has two Special Care Dental Units. The Units are located at the Royal Hobart Hospital Wellington Clinics and the North West Regional Hospital. Some Special Care services are also provided from the Northern Dental Centre in Launceston.

The Special Care Dental Units provide dental care in a hospital setting for people who have a medical condition or are undergoing medical treatment that affects their oral health.

The Units also provide a dental service for people who, due to various health conditions, require dental treatment within a hospital setting.


Services for patients at the Units are by referral only.

Your health professional will send a referral to Oral Health Services Tasmania who will contact you to make an appointment.


There is no cost for treatment (excluding dentures) if you are:

  • under 18 years of age.
  • an inpatient of the hospital.

Fees will be charged for all other clients.

The dentist will discuss any costs of treatment with you at the appointment. There are subsidised fees for people with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

If you incur a fee, an invoice will be sent to you following your appointment along with information on how you can pay the account.

Waiting times

Oral Health Services Tasmania prioritises patient appointments according to urgency, therefore some patients may experience some waiting time for treatment.

What to expect

The dental treatments and advice provided by the Special Care Dental Units will (at a minimum) stabilise and maintain your oral health until such time that you can be transferred back to your regular Oral Health Services Tasmania clinic or your own private dentist for ongoing routine dental care.

Where to find us

South: Services are accessible via referral only.

The Special Care Dental Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital is located in the "Wellington Clinics" at Level 11, 42 Argyle Street, Hobart. When you arrive at the clinic please be seated in the Oral Health Services waiting area until called by staff.

North West: Services are accessible via referral only.

The Special Care Dental Unit is located at the North West Regional Hospital, 23 Brickport Road, Burnie. It is accessed via the main entrance. When you arrive at the clinic, please be seated in the Special Care Dental Unit waiting are until called by staff


For all enquiries or to make changes to booked appointments call Oral Health Services Tasmania on 1300 011 013