Managing Clients with Special Needs in the Dental Clinic: A Dental Hygienist’s Perspective

Release Date: May 18, 2022
Originally Presented: October 29, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes


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Routine oral care can be challenging for both caregivers and dental professionals. Moreover, from infancy to adulthood, oral care needs change. This presentation, originally released during CDHA’s 2021 Virtual Conference, will provide an overview of how to help individuals with disabilities learn to tolerate dental treatment and set them up for a lifetime of good oral health.

Techniques such as music therapy, repetitive tasking, orofacial massage, errorless learning, and deep pressure can be effective—the key is determining which may be most effective. Understanding challenges faced by clients on a daily basis by actively listening and asking open-ended questions can alleviate some of the guesswork and create more of a team approach to care.