Are there family discounts available with Denplan?
Yes, we can offer family discounts for adults but not for the children. You’ll receive 5% for 2 adult members on the same plan and 10% for 3. These plans must be paid out of the same bank account by direct debit.
Will the cost increase over time?
As with NHS fees, Denplan and private fees are reviewed periodically. However, if you are an existing NHS patient, your Denplan fees will be frozen for at least the first 12 months.
Is there a Denplan registration fee?
Only for adults – not for children. The fee is £15.00 per adult.
Is Denplan worth it if I only visit the dentist once a year?
You may decide to become a private patient and our private fees are shown on the fees page
of our website. Alternatively, we do have a Denplan category that covers one check-up and one hygienist visit per year. You will also benefit from a 10% on our private fees should you require any treatment. Please contact our friendly receptionists for more details.
I don’t want to be tied into a contract
Unlike many contracts such as your phone or gym membership, you can cancel your Denplan membership with just 21 days’ notice. There is also a 14-day cooling off period after you have signed up.
I have paid into the NHS all my life – I am entitled to NHS treatment
A small percentage of your National Insurance contribution funds dentistry but that contribution has not kept pace with the advancements in dentistry. NHS dentistry is being stretched further and we feel we cannot continue to deliver the quality of service you deserve under the NHS.
As a long-standing NHS patient, where is your loyalty to me?
Over the past 18 months, we have tried our best to make NHS dentistry work within the practice. We now feel these changes are essential but, rather than simply turning patients away, we have worked very hard with Denplan to create some affordable dental plans for our valued patients.
I have been seeing my dentist for years. They will want to make an exception for me
Unfortunately, after 31st May 2022, our practice will no longer have an NHS contract. You are a valued patient at the Essex Smile Centre and your dentist would love to continue seeing you either as a Denplan patient or on a private pay as you go basis. Our friendly receptionists will be happy to run through these options with you.
The letter says you will no longer be seeing patients on the NHS from 31st May 2022. Can I come in before then please?
Most of our NHS appointments have already been allocated in the lead up to this deadline but if you are due your NHS check-up, we’ll do our best to fit you in.
Where can I go for NHS treatment now?
We are very sorry if this means we will lose you as a patient, but you must do what is right for you.
We would love to continue seeing you here at the Essex Smile Centre but that would be either as a private or plan patient. If you feel that neither of these options is appropriate and wish to source NHS care elsewhere, we suggest you look at the NHS Choices website or call 111.
Unfortunately, you may find it difficult to find another NHS dentist as other practices are also struggling to offer NHS treatment.