Special Needs Dentistry – Dental Care for Adults with Disabilities

We not only accommodate patients with special needs, but we also focus on meeting their needs and working with their limitations in a comfortable and safe setting.

It is frustrating that patients with disabilities often come up against significant barriers when accessing dental care. At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we understand these challenges and have worked hard to overcome them.

If your loved one needs dental care and has physical, emotional, sensory, or mental disabilities, call our dental office today. We not only accommodate patients with special needs, but we also focus on meeting their needs and working with their limitations in a comfortable and safe setting.

How Dental Care is Different for Those with Disabilities

People with disabilities generally have more significant challenges finding a dental office with the training or equipment to accommodate their needs. Patients with severe physical disabilities might find it challenging to care for their oral health as oral hygiene may be complicated to put into practice.

For these reasons and others, people with disabilities tend to have more dental issues and poorer oral health compared to people without disabilities. Therefore, we are committed to improving access and breaking down the barriers to dental care for people with specialized needs. In addition, we have the tools, abilities, and experience to treat patients with all types of disabilities.

Sedation Dentistry for Those with Special Needs

Dr. Hoffmann and Dr. Thoms perform dental procedures for patients with special needs requiring general anesthesia or sedation. Individuals with physical, mental, or other disabilities can receive complete dental care in a comfortable setting. These patients can also have a thorough exam, including taking x-rays and receiving a dental cleaning with general anesthesia. The Dental Anesthesia team is compassionate and here to help patients accomplish dental care that they may have never had before.

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 Adults with Disabilities

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 anesthesiologist in Missouri, including St. Louis.

Updated: August 31, 2023

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