Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Oral Health
What is IDD?
Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) is a mental and adaptive functioning disorder, this means that the affected people face challenges in their everyday life skills. Despite what many people might think, intellectual disability is not a mental illness or any other kind of disease; it is a developmental disability that brings about both mental and physical challenges.
These challenges and conditions sometimes include:
- difficulty thinking and communicating
- basic self-care and physical mobility challenges
- behavior challenges
- cerebral palsy
- visual impairments
- hearing loss and deafness
- eating disorders
How does this affect oral health?
Research also indicates that people with intellectual disability have a higher chance of developing gingivitis, and other periodontal conditions than the general population. This is because ordinary daily living activities such as brushing teeth and basic hygiene can be a major struggle to people living with IDD. When it comes to dental care for people living with IDD, making sure they see a dentist with extensive experience and the right temperament to better serve them.
Access Dental Can Help!
At Access Dental we understand that IDD patients need special attention. Before you schedule an appointment at one of our clinics, Access Dental will obtain and review your medical history. They will then consult physicians, family members, caregivers, and other relevant parties to assemble an accurate medical history. This also enables your providers to legally obtain informed consent from the relevant person for treatment.
Sedation Dentistry for IDD Patients
We are happy to be able to offer a solution to some common worries of IDD patients. Our clinics provide various sedation dentistry options that offer comfortable, less anxiety and safer visits. We focus on patient relaxation and comfort, enabling patients to put their dentistry worries behind them to achieve the healthy smile they deserve. IDD patients are the perfect candidates for sedation dentistry because they are more prone to anxiety, fear of pain and often experience bad physical reaction such as extreme gag reflex.
There are various types of levels of sedation offered at our clinics. For instance, minor procedures such as teeth cleaning, may require sedation through the use of nitrous oxide gas, also known as laughing gas, to make the patient more relaxed. Other dental work may call for use of both localized pain medication and laughing gas. The advantage of localized medication is that it will only numb the specific area being treated. Those who need a more extensive procedure such as dental surgery, total sedation may be administered.
Our greatest strength is the understanding of the unique needs of IDD patients and the ability to be flexible enough to accommodate these needs. The benefits of sedation dentistry have enabled Access Dental to effectively restore the oral health of both IDD and non IDD patients.
For more information on how we can help restore the oral health of someone you know who is living with IDD fill out the appointment form or give us a call at 1-877-520-0044.
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