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Managing Orthodontic Treatment in Patients with Special Needs

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Little girl in dental chair with anxietyManaging orthodontic treatment for patients with special needs is a unique patient-centered approach to ensure the best support and care. Here are some key considerations that you must incorporate:

Communication and Assessment

Effective communication is vital. It is important to assess the communication preferences and abilities of the patient. Incorporate clear and simple language. You must also consider using alternative communication methods, such as written materials or visual aids, to explain orthodontic treatment options to people with special needs. It would be best if you took the time to understand the needs, limitations, and preferences of the patient.

Sensory Considerations

It is important to be aware of the sensory sensitivities of the patient. It would be best if you went to a dental office that is sensory friendly with options of manipulating noise, lighting, and other sensory stimuli that may affect the patient.

Accessibility and Accommodations

People with special needs require orthodontic treatment done in a friendly environment. You must ensure physical accessibility of the dental office, such as wider doorways and accessible restrooms. Flexible appointment schedules also ensure it can accommodate patient preferences and needs. The seating must also be appropriate to ensure adequate support and mobility for patients with mobility challenges.

Treatment Approach

For patients who have problems with communication or cannot cooperate in the right manner, you can consider conscious sedation, general anesthesia, or deep intravenous sedation. This ensures that they are quite comfortable through the entire process. The orthodontic treatment, whether it is braces, retainers, or clear aligners, must be attached with consideration to the individual needs of the patient. You must be aware of any ethical and legal responsibilities for patients with special needs.

Regular Follow Up

After an orthodontic treatment, you need to schedule regular follow-up appointments. This ensures that you monitor the progress and concern of the patient. If any adjustments to the orthodontic appliances are needed, they should be made early enough before they cause any issues.

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