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Reaching Out To The Handicap Through Dental Care

By Roger Hill

No one really likes to go to the dentist. People would look at the experience as something negative. Providing dental treatment for the handicapped when they are so afraid of it makes it tough for them to receive dental care.

How do you convince someone who is mentally retarded that he can only find relief from his toothache from the dentist and his machinery?

How are patients who might have mental or physical handicaps going to be taken care of when what they need is not made available to them?

A program funded by an organization of masons aims at providing quality dental treatment for handicapped people. The facility, which caters to all sorts of handicaps from North America, is one of only few in the nation. The handicapped person does not have to pay anything. Either public assistance or insurance coverage may be used to cover costs.

When funds cannot be accessed, the foundation of the organization covers the expenses. They would make sure that they answer to all expenses, including hospitalization, transportation, lodging, and treatments. If you exclude air fare, you would find that the cost would be about $350 to $550 per person.

While the patient is under general anesthesia, the dental work is already being done. The patient will be admitted to the hospital a day in advance to allow time for a complete medical and dental evaluation. Even before the patient arrives, the center already has specific information about the patient.

A family member who stays with the handicapped patient while in the hospital can reside in an adjoining room. Patients usually stay for about three and a half days. A provision for out patient care is given where it is necessary and feasible. Further work may be given if necessary.

For handicaps who cannot be treated using the traditional method, there is also treatment with the use of general anesthesia. The dental equipment recently purchased is designed to give increase comfort for treatment. Patients will find themselves feeling more secure while seated on the new dental chairs.

Dentists must exhibit a lot of patience in handling handicapped patients. A communication barrier will make it difficult for you. The view of society towards a handicapped, the way the dentist understands him, the way he responds to those around him are things to be considered. Dental students get clinical training through the program. This will prepare future dentists for the necessary steps in treating handicapped patients.

The handicapped patients will be able to find out from the sponsoring organization where the specially trained dentists are. Requests for dental care may entitle a patient to sponsorship. So far, we’ve been hitting it off well with each patient’s family. They’re happy because the care they looked for is now available.

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Hill, Roger "Reaching Out To The Handicap Through Dental Care." Reaching Out To The Handicap Through Dental Care. 4 Jul. 2010. 18 Jul 2014 <>.

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