Who Requires Special Needs Dentistry?
There are many patients who have special needs and will avoid seeking treatment because of fear or anxiety. The elderly, children with behavioral issues, the mentally disabled, or those with challenging medical conditions may find it more difficult to get the dental care they need. Doctors Lawrence and Kyle Duffy offer special needs dentistry, including general anesthesia, to ensure that everyone can have a beautiful, healthy smile. Special needs patients, more specifically, may include children or adults with the following:
- Severe dental anxiety that prevents you from visiting a dentist
- Physical injuries or conditions that make it difficult for you to sit in the dentist chair
- Complex or long-lasting procedures
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Cerebral palsy
- Down’s syndrome
- Hearing or vision impaired
We offer the specialized knowledge and care needed to deliver excellent care and a positive dental experience. A few examples of how we prepare include shorter duration appointments, more staff, flexible scheduling, and general anesthesia.
Why General Anesthesia is Important to Special Needs Dentistry
General anesthesia is a form of sedation dentistry in which patients are both unawake and unaware so that they may receive treatment without distress or discomfort. It is performed with an anesthesiologist who is a medical doctor in our fully equipped surgical suite. Patients relax post-procedure in our state-of-the-art recovery room, which features audio and video surveillance. Dr. Lawrence Duffy also has admitting privileges at Florida Hospital, in the rare instances where treatment at a hospital is necessary.
If you are a caregiver to someone with special needs or feel that you may require special consideration, please contact our office to schedule your appointment with Drs. Lawrence and Kyle Duffy. We have considerable experience with special needs dentistry and general anesthesia, as well as IV sedation.