Thanks so much, both of you. Much appreciated.
Think I will go and see my dentist again and maybe be a bit more assertive about getting a referral. Thing is, I don't have much confidence in him as a dentist. Might be time to find a new one!
Does anyone know if you can get a referral from a private dentist for the NHS? I've always assumed that it had to be from an NHS dentist but could be wrong.
I have seen anecdotal evidence on these forums and elsewhere from people who have gotten a referral from a private dentist or orthodontist. However, in my case I've seen a private dentist and ortho and both told me I would have to ask my NHS dentist for the referral (my GP also said this). I'll be trying this tomorrow! However, my NHS dentist is also rubbish so I am not holding my breath.