The Ministry of Health requested that we advise oral health practitioners on the changes made to the dental special needs grant (SNG), paid by the Ministry of Social Development. These changes come into effect 1 December 2022. The Information guide for Dental Special Needs Grants is available here.
These changes recognises that not all dental treatment needs arise from an emergency, and will make it easier to support people to get a SNG for immediate and essential dental treatment when they need it.
Immediate needs for essential dental treatment are defined in the information guide as:
Dental treatment required immediately to treat an oral health issue that:
Further details are available in the information guide.
Please get in touch with your local MSD Health and Disability Coordinator if you have queries (0800 559 009 or contact your local Work and Income site).