A patient with special needs will need to have special dental care. You can prevent dental disease whether you have a special need or not.
Periodontal Disease and Special Needs
Gum disease, often known as periodontal disease, is another issue that special needs patients may face. It occurs as a plaque covering the spaces between the gums and teeth as a result of an excessive build-up of germs in the mouth. Due to the periodontal disease often begins without discomfort, the first symptom may be bleeding when brushing teeth. Many people are unaware that this is a major health problem. Inflammation of the gums and infection may arise if the special needs patient does not receive the essential treatment to eradicate the bacteria build-up. The bone structure may begin to degrade if left any longer. Sedation is important while treating periodontal disease, the dentist will ensure that they offer advice on ways of taking care of teeth and will know sedation options are good for you.
Benefits of sedation on Special Needs patients
It is natural for a special needs patient to be afraid of the dentist. Dentist appointments and medical examinations are common for special needs patients throughout their lives, which can cause anxiety and worry. Reasoning with a special needs patient might be difficult because they may not interpret psychological information in the same way that other patients do. Sedated dentistry is a practical and simple way to provide them with the oral care they require. Preventative check-ups are fast and take minutes rather than hours during a dental visit. The special needs patient will need care during the entire process. The dentist needs to be ready with enough oxygen and drugs that can reverse the sedation procedure if things go wrong. Visit us if you are a special needs patient or if one of your loved ones has special needs.