Special Needs Patients

Respecting Every Patient

In the general population, you will encounter some people who look forward to the satisfaction of a maintaining their healthy smile with regular dental visits. A great many might feel indifferent or slightly anxious about dental visits. They know that it’s a necessary step in ensuring healthy teeth and gums and they manage to sit through their dental visit with relative calm. A smaller but still considerable segment of the population feels anxious or scared of the dentist and will avoid professional dental care at all costs. For many special needs patients, going to the dentist can be especially unfamiliar and anxiety-provoking. Dr. Alex Denes is a certified provider of oral conscious sedation and he understands and respects the unique needs of his physically and developmentally disabled patients.

Which Special Needs Patients Would Benefit from Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation dentistry provides a safe and convenient solution for helping many special needs patients receive the dental care they need. For example:

  • Special-needs patients with limited mobility may find that simply getting from their home to the dentist’s office is physically taxing. By the time they arrive, they may be exhausted and anxious.
  • Patients with neurological disabilities such as cerebral palsy may find sitting in the dentist’s chair for an extended period of time extremely uncomfortable.
  • For some patients, such as those with emotional difficulties, Alzehimer’s, or severe autism, a dental visit may trigger agitation or combative behavior.

 

In all of these cases, oral sedation can help make a dental visit more tolerable — physically and emotionally. Anti-anxiety medications, like the one utilized in oral conscious sedation, affect the central nervous system by slowing the patient’s heart rate and breathing, encouraging them to relax. The medications alter their senses from a heightened sense of alertness to a relaxed and calm state. When a patient is calm, the dentist is able to complete the treatment with enhanced precision.

Complete Transparency is Essential

In any doctor- or dentist-patient relationship, it is important for patients and their caregivers to be completely honest with their healthcare providers. It’s important to share any relevant information with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. Dr. Denes respects the dignity of all his patients and has their best interest at heart. If you or a loved one has physical, neurological, or developmental disability d that might make a visit to the dentist difficult, discuss these concerns with Dr. Denes. He is here to help and to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

Afraid of the Dentist? We Can Change That.

Using safe, effective sedation dentistry, Fresno general dentist Dr. Alex Denes can calm even the most fearful or nervous patients, so they are able to move forward with preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. If you or someone you love is afraid of the dentist, contact our Fresno dentist office at (559) 297-1800 to schedule an appointment. Fresno Dental Studio proudly serves patients in Fresno and surrounding areas including Clovis, Madera, and Sanger.