If you are a caretaker or loved one of someone with special needs, you are aware of the barriers those special needs can present on a daily basis. It’s especially true when it comes to receiving dental care. Your loved one may not understand the importance of regular brushing and flossing, and getting them to relax in the dental chair for an extended period of time may feel like a distant hope. But all children and adults require regular dentistry for good oral health — and ignoring the needs of teeth and gums can create larger problems with your loved one’s overall health. Finding a qualified special needs dentist in Dallas is of the utmost importance.
Dr. Willison Provides Special Needs Dentistry
As a member of the Special Care Dentistry Association, Dr. Willison has received extensive training and experience providing dental care for patients with special needs. She is also one of the few general dentists who has hospital admitting privileges. Sometimes, the only way a patient can receive the dental care they need is in an operating room under general anesthesia. For these children and adults, a dentist like Dr. Willison is a significant benefit for maintaining their continued health and well-being.
Some of the special needs that can affect a patient’s ability to receive regular dental care include Alzheimer’s Disease, muscular dystrophy, autism, and head or neck conditions that prevent a person from reclining for an extended period of time. Dr. Willison understands the needs of these patients — and she provides the necessary dental care accordingly.
Important Considerations with Special Needs Dentistry
A dentist and staff who have been trained in special needs dentistry keep certain things in mind when providing care for a patient with unique needs. Whether it’s scheduling longer appointments, setting up special equipment, and/or providing advice on how to care for the patient’s teeth on a day-to-day basis, the well-trained dentist is prepared to meet a range of unique needs.
Sedation is a key element of special needs dentistry. Treatments that can be completed in the office at Dallas Center for Oral Health and Wellness may be performed under IV sedation. Medication administered directly through the vein, IV sedation puts the patient into a state of twilight sleep. IV sedation is performed under the guidance of our certified anesthesiologist. General anesthesia is available for procedures performed at Medical City Hospital in Dallas.
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While most dentists have the know-how and compassion that’s key to providing care for a special needs patient, only a few are actually certified in providing special needs dentistry. And even fewer have admitting privileges to a hospital like Dr. Willison. People of all ages and situations need regular dental care — take some time to schedule an appointment for your child or loved one today. Dr. Willison is the special needs dentist in Dallas that you can trust to provide caring, compassionate dentistry.