Special Care Dentistry

We care for the oral health of people with special needs.

What we do

We provide a range of on-site and outreach specialist dental services for people with special needs. 

Our work also includes residential aged care facilities in the Western Sydney Local Health District area and an oral health education program for carers and allied health staff.

Our dental service can be performed with:

  • local anaesthesia
  • nitrous oxide sedation (relative analgesia)
  • intra-venous sedation
  • general anaesthesia.

Who we care for

We care for all NSW residents who have one or more of the following:

  • intellectual disability
  • physical disability
  • neurodegenerative disease
  • complex medical condition
  • mental illness
  • dental anxiety and dental phobia.


Please contact us to arrange an appropriate referral


Position Name
Head of Department (Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Special Care Dentistry) A/Prof Mark Schifter
Staff Specialist– Oral Medicine (Special Care Medically Complex Clinic) Dr Anastasia Georgiou
Staff Specialist – Special Care Dentistry Dr Avanti Karve
Visiting Dental Officer A/Prof Peter Dennison
Clinical Fellow- Oral Medicine (Special Care Medically Complex Clinic) Dr Suma Sukumar
Senior Dental Officer Dr Cecilia So
Senior Dental Officer Dr Tina Nguyen
Administrative Assistant Ms Sheila O’Neill
Assistant Clinic Coordinator Ms Myrna Barcelon


Westmead Centre for Oral Health is situated at Westmead Hospital on Darcy Road, Westmead.

You will find information about parking and public transport options on the Getting to Westmead Hospital webpage. 

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