Treating Dental Patients With Special Needs

dental patients with special needsDental patients with special needs are people with medical, physical, psychological or social circumstances that require a change in the normal routine. In the field of dentistry, a patient with special needs will require change in regular dental approaches.

Dental patients with special needs can include aging and elderly people, individuals with mobility issues, mentally disabled individuals, people with compromised immune systems or complex medical problems, people with mental illnesses, and children with behavioral or emotional conditions.  Many patients in these categories have higher rates of poor oral hygiene and may be at higher risk of gum disease and cavities.

Dentists that treat patients with special needs will need to be more accommodating. They will need flexible appointment scheduling, possibly more assistants for the exams, and knowledge of medical, physical, mental or behavioral conditions.

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