Dentists for Special Needs Patients
Finding quality dentistry for developmentally disabled people is as easy as calling Adaptive Dental Associates in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Those caring for people who have special needs know all too well how factors related to an individual's disability impact everyday tasks that many of us take for granted.
People with special needs suffer from a variety of dental problems just like everyone else. From cavities and gum disease to dental abscesses to pain - everyone requires good dental care and special attention. Our dentists have many years of experience in treating patients with special needs providing them with the extra attention and understanding that they may need.
At Adaptive Dental Associates, we realize that finding a good dentist who is highly experienced in effectively serving special needs clients can be a challenge. Our dentists have decades of experience working with the special needs and developmentally disabled communities.
We serve patients with a variety of physical and mental limitations including patients with the following: Cerebral Palsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down’s Syndrome, Intellectually Challenged, and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Caring for Patients with Special Needs
Caring for the dental health of someone who has a disability often proves challenging. A person with Alzheimer's disease, for instance, may neglect daily oral care and get defensive if a loved one or caregiver tries to help. Parkinson's, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions that affect movement can interfere with brushing and flossing. For those with Down syndrome or autism, even a routine cleaning can be traumatic.
Additionally, many of these individuals take medications that cause side effects, such as dry mouth, that contribute to decay. Some may not have seen a dentist in years. Finding a dental practice that has the experience in treating people with disabilities and has the expertise to earn the trust of special needs patients can be a lifesaver to family members and caregivers.
Understanding the Challenges
Those caring for people who have special needs know all too well how factors related to an individual's disability impact everyday tasks that many of us take for granted.
A Compassionate Approach
Providing comprehensive dental care for people with disabilities requires a high level of expertise, patience, and compassion. Fortunately, advances in dentistry have significantly benefited special needs patients. While the majority of special needs patients can be treated in an office setting, we have the experience to treat the most difficult behavior patients in a hospital setting. Less invasive procedures minimize recovery time. Even patient education has improved with new tools to help illustrate oral care techniques for both patients and caregivers. Overall, with a dentist who understands special needs patients, oral healthcare can be a positive an empowering experience for everyone involved.
Call Adaptive Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment: 908-847-4498.