The number of dentists in the public service has been falling since 2016.
The HSE has confirmed the resignations of 33 dental surgeon contractors in the region.
The Dental Treatment Services Scheme provides services to all medical card holders over the age of 16.
The Irish Dental Association says that the number of dentists in the public service has been dropping since 2016.
Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan says the crisis in accessing treatment is a public health emergency: