When it comes to routine dental care, everyone deserves the opportunity to receive top quality, professional cleanings and examinations. This includes patients with special needs and phobias. From those with a physical, developmental, cognitive or sensory disorder to individuals with an orofacial condition, specialized dental care ensures that their mouth stays healthy and free of infection. Gramercy Dental Center proudly offers special needs dentistry for patients suffering from dental anxiety, physical disabilities, severe gag reflex and sleep apnea.
Colgate explains that a special needs dental appointment requires a different approach to treatment—one that is tailored to the patient’s additional needs. This might mean scheduling an appointment when the dental practice is not busy, or arranging a longer appointment that allows for a slower approach. In some instances, support staff should be on hand to ensure that the visit is stress-free and pleasant for the patient. When it comes to those with severe dental phobias, the latest in sedation dentistry can make dental treatments easier to tolerate. In the same way, specialized equipment makes treatment faster and less invasive, while modern amenities such as an operating theater help accommodate a patient’s unique needs.
Specifically for patients with physical disabilities, Gramercy Dental Center is set up to allow for comfortable wheelchair access. Depending on the patient’s condition, we understand that physical restrictions might make it difficult to sit in a dental chair. Thus, we make every effort to streamline treatment, using the latest technologies and digital x-rays.
When patients have a sensitive gag reflex, our office is equipped to offer assistance in helping them relax so that they can receive treatment. This might include scheduling an afternoon appointment, as gag reflexes are generally stronger in the morning. In addition, we have learned that offering gentle sedation in the form of nitrous oxide through a mask gently placed over the nose is helpful, along with taking a nasal decongestant to open the nasal passages. Finally, for patients suffering from sleep apnea, our modern dental practice offers oral appliance therapy to prevent snoring and teeth grinding.
Patient-Centered Dental Care in New York City
The compassionate team at Gramercy Dental Center believes that every patient should be treated with personalized care. Thus, when patients have a specific condition or concern that requires modified treatment or sedation, we can help.
For patient-centered dental care in New York City, call Gramercy Dental Center today.
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