Is the dentist able to accommodate my wheelchair? Will they be patient and understanding with me? Will they take the extra time with me I may need?
There are millions of people in the U.S. that live with physical disabilities. Among the many challenges accompanying these individuals, getting proper oral health care is just one. In addition, their disability may directly impact their oral health.
If you or your loved one has a physical disability in St. Louis, you may wonder if getting proper dental care from a dentist is possible. Some questions you may ask include: Is the dentist able to accommodate my wheelchair? Will they be patient and understanding with me? Will they take the extra time with me I may need?
Understanding Physical Disabilities
A physical disability affects an individual’s mobility or dexterity. They may need to use some equipment to assist their mobility, such as a wheelchair, walker, or prosthetic device. A person’s disability can range in severity and make it difficult or impossible for them to complete daily activities independently.
Due to their limitations, physically disabled individuals are more likely to develop oral health complications, such as cavities, gum disease, and dental defects. They may also find it challenging to find a dentist that can accommodate their unique circumstances, making dental cleanings and exams seem impossible.
At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we specialize in accommodating patients with special needs. Our team is compassionate and here to help patients accomplish dental care that they may have never had before. Dr. Hoffmann and Dr. Thoms are highly qualified Dental Anesthesiologists, providing care for a wide array of patients in the office, including those with:
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Paraplegia or Quadraplegia
Patients with physical disabilities in St. Louis may be more hesitant about visiting the dentist for the fear that the visit might go poorly. However, our office is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We can accommodate patients with wheelchairs of all sizes. Our dentists understand how to establish relationships with all of our patients, give understandable yet friendly commands, and communicate effectively in a non-verbal manner if necessary.
Sedation Dentistry for Patients with Special Needs
One of our unique features is that our dentists are the only two general dentists certified in Deep Sedation and General Anesthesiology in Missouri. Sedation dentistry may be the only way for a patient with a physical disability to receive all forms of dental care – from teeth cleanings to tooth extractions.
The proper sedation method for each patient is determined by their medical history, current physical needs, and mental health. The levels of sedation include:
- Minimal sedation – This is the lightest level of sedation. The patient is conscious. It involves a mild sedative such as Valium or laughing gas to help them relax.
- Moderate sedation – The patient is not asleep but is more drowsy. They can still answer questions but are in a state of deep relaxation.
- Deep sedation – The patient is unconscious. They will not remember the procedure or experience any pain or discomfort.
Dental Care for Your Loved One
If you or your loved one has a physical disability, our dental team is here to help! You can achieve complete dental care in a comfortable and safe setting. When you come in for your appointment Dr. Hoffmann, Dr. Thoms, or Dr. Behl will decide which level is best for you.
We look forward to meeting you. Call us at (314) 862-7844, and one of our friendly team members will be happy to speak with you.
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The Only Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologists in the State of Missouri, including the St. Louis Metro Area.