Special Care Dentistry brings dental services to individuals with medical, physical, cognitive and developmental challenges. At the Dallas Center for Oral Health & Wellness, Anna Willison DDS delivers compassionate dental care to the disabled, emphasizing prevention and accommodation.
People from all walks of life need excellent dental care–including persons with special needs. Once a hidden and shut away segment of the population, individuals with physical, medical, developmental and cognitive challenges function out in the community. Simple, reasonable accommodations give these individuals access to necessary care and services such as those provided by special care dentistry.
Dallas Special Care Dentist Anna Willison DDS FAGD delivers compassionate dental care to all her patients.
Dr. Anna Willison has the training, skill and heart attitude to perform comprehensive special care dentistry. The Dallas Center for Oral Health & Wellness is prepared to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, motorized chairs and other assistive devices as needed. Dr. Willison and her associate dentist, Dr. Eugene. W. Dahl, see patients with:
- Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia
- Down’s Syndrome
- spinal cord issues
- congenital abnormalities or syndromes
- many other limiting conditions, including confinement to acute and long-term care facilities
Also, these dental professionals care for cancer patients before their medical treatment begins, taking care of any necessary dental treatments. They see cancer patients during and after their cancer therapies to reduce any oral or systemic complications.
Additionally, Dr. Willison works with patients to patiently and thoroughly perform an examination of teeth and gums. This includes:
- checking for signs of decay
- a bite check for malocclusion and bruxism (tooth grinding)
- screening for oral cancer
- gentle periodontal probing to assess the health of gums
- x-rays and other imaging to visualize roots and bone structure
Recognizing that people with special needs are prone to decay and gum disease because of motor coordination, strength or cognitive issues, Dr. Willison suggests ways to encourage good hygiene practices. As with any dental patient, clean teeth and gums equal better dental and systemic health, and finding problems early on prevents larger problems.
In addition, she carefully formulates treatment plans to address existing issues. The plans can include adaptations such as mouth props for those who have trouble holding their mouths open. Medically-appropriate sedation, including general anesthesia in a hospital operating room, helps anxious patients and those who cannot sit still for their procedures.
Common sense adaptations help the disabled achieve their best smiles.
Special needs dentists in Dallas and across the country recommend these hygiene accommodations:
- toothbrushes with larger handles and electric brushes for people with limited grasp and fine motor skills
- fluoride toothpastes and rinses when appropriate to strengthen tooth structure
- wide, waxed floss
- fewer sugary and acidic foods and beverages in the daily diet
Could you or a loved one benefit from special care dentistry in the Dallas area?
Expect outstanding care from the dental professionals at the Dallas Center for Oral Health & Wellness. Contact the office to set-up a consultation with dentists who take dental care to heart. Call (972) 566-6300.