As a primary caregiver you have taken on the serious responsibility of providing your patient or family member with the highest quality of care. Because we specialize in providing dental services to people with special needs and disabilities, we understand your passion and dedication. That being said, we have found a few tips and techniques that lend themselves towards a positive experience for everyone, especially your patient.
When you first call to schedule the appointment, let us know about any of your patient’s special considerations, medications or other medical conditions. This helps us to be prepared with any special equipment or personnel needed to assist with a lift. This is also a good time to let us know about any dental problems or treatment options you’re considering.
Patients with involuntary body movements or issues with dental anxiety, are often more comfortable when sedated. Let us know if this is something you’re interested in, so we can be prepared to accommodate you.
If your special needs patient has struggled in the past to keep their mouth open, we might recommend a mouth prop. This is a simple device similar to a retractor, that is used in many dental procedures.
It’s not uncommon for an immobilization device to be used for patients that have involuntary body movements. We might also use rolled up towels to help improve posture or position their body for easier access to the mouth.
Communication is key for providing your patient with the highest quality dental care. Please feel free to call us at 602.485.0505 with any questions you might have or to schedule an appointment.