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NHS Exemption

NHS dental inspections are free to all patients in Scotland and other UK residents visiting Scotland.

Patients have to pay 80% of the treatment costs up to a maximum of 350 unless they are listed in the categories below.

Under 18


Age 18

Free (if in full time education)

Age 19-59

Pay 80% of treatment cost
You or you partner receive:
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • You are entitled to or named on a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
  • Free

    You are named on an NHS Low income Scheme HC2 Cerificate


    You are named on an NHS Low Income Scheme HC3 certificate

    A charge may be applicable subject to the assessed contribution

    You are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months


    You are a War / MOD Pensioner

    Charge applicable (refund may be available from the war pensions agency)

    If you do not qualify for free treatment or help with charges, but you are on a low income, you may be entitled to help under the NHS Low Income Scheme. To apply for help telephone the Health Benefits Division on 0845 850 1166.