Every patient is special, which is why every patient deserves the very best dental care. Whether you’re young or old, have physical or developmental disabilities, a well-rounded dental team that is dedicated to providing attentive, personalized care will tailor their treatment routines to meet the needs of their patients.
Flexibility for special needs patients is important. Treatment times may require alternative resources or additional time. Not all dental care providers are equipped to offer these services. Selecting a dentist that provides special needs services is important when your loved one requires an extra special touch when it comes to ensuring their well being.
Patient, friendly dental staff who work with a high volume of special needs patients are the best way to ensure that your loved one will receive the best care possible. Whether it’s breaking up treatments into multiple, short visits, or utilizing sedation services in order to complete all of the necessary care in a single appointment, your special needs dentist understands that you know what’s best for your loved one. Treatment needs are prioritized based on severity, patient needs and the input of the caregiver. As a team, you and the dentist will formulate a care plan that exceeds the needs of the patient. Each patient is involved as much as possible in his or her own care plan.
Routine preventive care is the best way to prevent severe dental decay or infection later on down the road. Scheduling appointments first thing in the morning when the patient is well rested can make the visit easier. By seeing your dentist on a regular basis, dental needs of your special patient can be kept to a minimum.
Most people associate general anesthesia with a surgical procedure, but for some dental patients, dental care under general anesthesia is the only safe, comfortable way to get the dental care they need. While many dentists offer milder forms of sedation such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and mild oral sedatives, only a few highly trained dental specialists offer dental care under general anesthesia (also called hospital sleep sedation dentistry).
These specially trained dentists provide a complete range of dental care – everything from dental cleanings and check-ups to fillings, root canals, caps, veneers, bridges, and other dental procedures. While dental care under general anesthesia may seem a little “over the top”, the reality is that hospital sleep dentistry provides much needed dental care for patients cannot get the care they need in any other way.
For example, many patients with a developmental disability cannot tolerate dental care in a traditional setting, even with the strongest conscious sedatives. These patients often forgo dental care which seriously compromises their oral health as well as their overall health. Hospital sleep dentistry provides a means for these patients to receive safe, comfortable dental care that helps maintain their oral health and improves their quality of life.
Other patients suffer from uncontrollable dental phobia that is so severe that hospital sleep dentistry is the only way they can receive dental care. Other candidates for hospital sleep dentistry include patients who are allergic to novocaine or who cannot get numb with novocaine or other analgesics. Some patients have medical conditions that make it uncomfortable or even impossible to tolerate dental care in a traditional dental setting.
For all of these patients and more, hospital sleep dentistry offers a solution – safe, anxiety free, comfortable dental care in a hospital operating room under full anesthesia.
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