Prior approval

This section covers what to do when the cost of treatment excluding diagnostics exceeds the prior approval limit. The current prior approval limit is £410.

There are also individual items within the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR) that require prior approval.

Only emergency treatment can be carried out before approval is granted. However, dentists must ensure a patient’s dental health doesn’t deteriorate.

If you have a query, contact our Helpdesk

Phone: 0131 275 6300

If a claim that has already been approved requires to be changed, the original GP17 form should be re-submitted for re-approval.

If a course of treatment that has been started exceeds the prior approval limit, approval must be sought immediately.

Prior approval forms

Prior approval forms can be completed online, before being printed off and returned to us by post. Electronic copies can be saved.


Download the Supporting info form (DPD285) Download the periodontal charting form (PSD 284) Download the orthodontic appliance interim payment form (PSD 264) Download the discontinued orthodontic appliance therapy form (PSD 103)

Orthodontic guidance

The index of orthodontic treatment need is covered in the Scottish Government's PCA(D)(2011)6. This includes the aesthetic component (AC) guide.

Read PCA(D)(2011)6 on the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates website

Read the IOTN grading guide (PDF, 22kb)