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Apply for the sedation practice allowance

Published on 16 July 2021

This allowance is for dentists who carry out conscious sedation treatments for anxious patients.

Practices offering this service are subject to a sedation practice inspection and must work to agreed standards and conditions.

Payment details

The sedation practice allowance is paid annually and maximum limits apply.

The maximum payment for the use of relative analgesia is £3,000 per year and intravenous sedation claims are £2,000 per year.

Who’s eligible and how to claim

The following criteria apply for sedation practice allowance claims:

  • your practice undertook at least 40 sedation treatments (30 of which must be intravenous) in the year prior to the claim
  • your practice has been satisfactorily inspected within the three years prior to the claim
  • only one allowance is payable
  • if you use both treatments, £3,000 is payable if at least 20 relative analgesic treatments are carried out and £2,000 is payable if you carry out less than that
  • you must submit the claim to us within three months of the start of a financial year (by 30 June)

Apply now

Download and complete the GP223 claim form or request one from your local NHS board to apply for the sedation practice allowance.