Special needs patients need proper dental and oral health care just like everyone else. Dr. Anna Willison is a member of the Special Care Dentistry Association and has undergone additional training in order to provide special needs dental patients the attention and care they need. She understands that these patients may face unusual challenges that require consideration before, during and after their dental treatment. Occasionally, a team of dental specialists may be necessary to treat a challenging special need patient. Some examples of dental specialists are: prosthodontist (for a challenging restorative care), periodontist (gum specialist), orthodontist (improving bite relationships, straightening teeth), endodontist (root canal specialist).
Some examples of conditions and disabilities that Dr. Willison and her team treats are:
- Developmental Disabilities
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Downs Syndrome
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Physical Disabilities
- Cerebral Palsy
- Genetic Conditions such as: Angleman, Rubinstein-Taybi, Nager, Goldenhar, Apert
Dr. Willison is credentialed with the Medical City Hospital in Dallas. With the hospital privileges, she is able to treat patients in a hospital operating room utilizing general anesthesia by Board Certified anesthesiologists. In some instances dental treatment may be accomplished in an office setting with or without anesthesia specialists depending on a patient’s special needs. Those with heart conditions, for example, may require the knowledge and experience of an anesthesiologist in order to safely undergo certain dental procedures.
“There is a large population of special needs patients for whom this is the only way to have dental treatment accomplished,” says Dr. Willison. “I know the frustration that parents of these patients experience. As children, most of these patients see pediatric dentists. However, when they grow into adulthood, pediatric dentists often do not have the training to provide them with the care they require.
Whether in her office or in the hospital operating room, Dr. Willison provides special needs patients with examinations, fillings, cleanings, and other necessary dental services. If you need a dentist for special needs patients in Dallas, then please contact the Dallas Center for Oral Health and Wellness. Dr. Willison and her staff of dental assistants and hygienists have the training, skills and compassion to treat your family member with special needs.