An Introduction for Referrers

We would like to take the opportunity to introduce the services that The Special Needs Dentistry Practice (SNDP) can offer to you and your patients.

SNDP is a private practice focused on the improvement of oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment; disability or, more often, a combination of a number of these factors. This includes those individuals in the transition period from paediatric to special needs adult services, when it is so easy for them to be lost in the system without direct referral.

The provision of care for this group is often more complex and time consuming as a result of their disability, and we therefore provide appointment times tailored to individual needs. SNDP ensures a holistic approach to meet the complex requirements of patients, whilst maintaining open communication, understanding and co-ordination with patients, carers and other treating medical professionals. SNDP combines a medical and socio-environmental approach that considers quality of life, symptoms, well-being and function.

As well as a full range of dental services, SNDP offers treatment methods such as nitrous oxide sedation, in-clinic intravenous sedation, and general anaesthesia at Crows Nest Day Surgery and St George Private Hospital. In some circumstances, telephone and/or home consultations may be considered.

What to expect from Dr Emma Jay:

  • Specialised and comprehensive long-term preventative care.
  • Expertise in extensive restorative & surgical treatment.
  • Understanding of the relationship between dental issues and particular health problems.
  • Compassion in the management of the phobic person and challenging behaviour often shown by people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Ability to provide behaviour management in the anxious patient, making use of both non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic methods; analgesia, conscious sedation and general anaesthesia.
  • An understanding of the attitudinal barriers disabled persons can encounter and an ability to demonstrate an appropriate level of disability etiquette.

Online Referrals

You can complete an online referral form here. Alternatively, print and fill out the following PDF version. Then return the form to us at

If you require any further information, or just want to ask a few questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.