Disabilities may affect anyone and their family at any time. Some people are born with disabilities; others acquire them as a result of disease, trauma, or aging processes. Individuals in need of accommodation by a special needs dentist could include an older adult with memory loss, a person with arthritic hands trying to hold a toothbrush, or an amputee.
Often, people with cognitive, developmental, or physical disabilities have difficulty finding a dental team that is willing and able to meet their dental needs. At Penn Dental Medicine, we believe in preparing each of our student dentists to meet the needs of disabled individuals from the very beginning of their training. By building confidence and competence early on, we equip our student dentists for a lifetime of serving patients with special needs.
Debuting this January, our Personalized Care Suite is the new home of the Center for Persons with Disabilities. In addition to providing outstanding dental care, it’s where patients with disabilities receive customized services to promote long-term oral health. We develop helpful new products, preventive techniques, and resources for use by patients, their caregivers, and even our fellow health care providers.
Every Penn Dental Medicine student will rotate through the Center and learn from an exceptional, interdisciplinary faculty while serving patients with conditions that range from autism and Alzheimer’s to paralysis, movement disorders, and complex medical conditions, plus much more.
Our new space includes:
A comfortable, padded floor allows the provider and patient to get acquainted on the floor if necessary. This room can also be accessed from the hallway to avoid any anxiety triggers that might arise from passing through our main reception area. This room can also be utilized for those requiring care in a bed or stretcher.
Each chair in the open bay is equipped with digital radiology and nitrous oxide, a type of inhalation sedative that relaxes the patient without putting them to sleep. Our team will include student dentists, hygienists, registered dieticians, and of course, dental faculty members skilled at delivering care to patients with all types of needs. Our oral health navigators, who are specially trained in connecting patients with services, will facilitate scheduling and follow-up with patients.
If you’re seeking a special needs dentist, our Personalized Care Suite is designed to meet a wide range of needs. And, we are always looking for ways to improve how we deliver care to patients.
As a dental school, we offer highly affordable fees to patients and accept direct payments from most dental insurance plans, including Medicaid. Penn Dental Medicine can also work with you to develop payment financing plans as needed.
To learn more about the Personalized Care Suite or to make an appointment, please call 215-898-8180.