Dental treatment for patients with Special Needs

The phrase Special Needs covers a range of patients; from those with cognitive disabilities to older patients experiencing age-related diseases such as dementia.

We aim to break down how these patients can receive altered treatments to make them comfortable and keep on top of their dental health. We’ve aimed to answer our most commonly asked questions regarding this. 

How can you arrange treatment for a patient with special needs? 

Normally, the patient’s doctor or dentist will be responsible for referring them for treatment most appropriate to their needs.  This will include a letter of referral, along with all dental history and specific needs of the patient. This will help the dentist  assess the best way to go about treatment according to the patient’s personal needs.  Detailed planning of any procedure will maximise the patient’s comfort and significantly reduce any disruption to the treatment.

Who can provide treatment? 

Many dentists will happily treat patients with special needs as long as they are provided with all relevant information on the patient.  There are specialist clinics that focus on treatment for those with special needs alone. 

What information is required before any procedure can take place?

It is important the dentist has the  full dental records and an understanding of the patient’s health conditions and the medication they may take. This then allows the dentist to carefully decide on a procedure and the route they can take to avoid causing any trauma to more sensitive patients. 

What changes can be made to aid a special needs patient? 

The choice needs to be made between at-home visits or short appointments at the surgery to familiarise the patient with the new setting before treatment.  Sedation or general anaesthetic can be offered to calm nervous patients.  All changes can be arranged with your dentist before any appointment.

Each of our patients is unique.  At The Mall Stockport, we aim to make sure that every experience with us is a positive one.