There isn’t a single way to care for a patient. Just as every dental patient has different priorities, treatment needs, and personalities that encompass the method of care they seek from their dentist, so do the needs of those dental patients that have special physical or behavioral needs or developmental disabilities. These needs affect their considerations that revolve around scheduling, methods of care, length of appointments, and how often to even see the dentist.
Your dentist can best provide quality care to their special needs patients when the primary caregiver communicates what types of approaches work best. Parents and caregivers know their loved ones better than anyone else, and by providing a listening and attentive ear, these methods help your dentist provide a higher quality of care when it comes to oral health.
No approach is too small. Some patients have different triggers or techniques that help encourage or avoid a certain behavior, and can create a more positive experience when it comes to their dental care. A caregiver should never feel like they’re being too pushy when it comes to letting your dental team know what will work best, or help get the results that they need to provide the care that is necessary. You as a caregiver are an integral part of your loved one’s dental team, and your dentist understands this.
Special considerations should always be given to patients that have a special need and require appropriate accommodations. If you ever feel these needs aren’t being met, it’s time to speak up! You’re used to being an advocate, but just because you’re not a dentist doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have input about their care. A dedicated dental team that aims to serve quality dental care to all of their patients respects and depends on you to know what’s best for the person you love.
Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman
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