Geriatric Dental Care Is More Than Just a Warm Body and Portable Equipment!

House call dentistry is on the rise.  Thankfully, the past few decades have seen an increase in awareness for health care for the homebound.  However, not all homebound care is equal.  It’s easy to establish the technicals of dental care in the home – the dentist, the portable equipment, and the scheduling.  

Much more difficult and ambiguous are those things that actually determine whether the house call dentistry experience will be a positive or negative one.  Quality home dental care for elderly individuals goes far beyond the technicals.

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GERIATRIC KNOWLEDGE

When it comes to dentistry, there are a world of differences between treating a toddler with her first tooth and treating an elderly individual with missing teeth.  Dental problems elderly experience are unique, involving dentures that are often affected by other health complications.  

It is important for dental professionals to be knowledgeable concerning common health conditions affecting their elderly patients and the medications that accompany those conditions.  Many medications cause increased problems for dental treatment in the home.  If your house call dentist is not aware of these, at best you will not be receiving top quality elderly home dental care.  At worst, you may experience serious complications.

FLEXIBILITY

Home dental care can be challenging.  Perhaps the subject will only sit in a specific chair to be seen.  Or maybe the space is tight and inconvenient for easy movement.  Some patients may even present problems behaviorally if they suffer from mental conditions such as Dementia.  It is imperative that your Geriatric house call dentist be flexible.  

He must be willing to work around what you or your loved one want for their treatment, not what is most convenient for him.  He must also be ready and equipped to handle the challenges that come with some elderly whose minds are not as controlled as they once used to be.

For Dr. Kauffman’s policy on flexibility watch this video:  Patient Comfort and Mobility

COMPASSION

Perhaps the most important aspect when searching for quality home dental care for elderly loved ones, compassion in the one providing care makes all the difference in the experience.  Look for a professional that truly has a heart for the elderly.  Aging patients bring unique challenges to the table, and you must be sure that your dental professional has an underlying care and compassion that will ensure patience, perseverance, and commitment.        

Finding the right home dental care for your loved one can be difficult.  Insisting on these 3 often forgotten essentials in your Geriatric house call dentist can bring a greater sense of peace to your decision.  
Dr. Alisa Kauffman of Geriatric House Call Dentistry would love to answer any of your questions concerning her care for the elderly.  You can reach her at 917-826-6278 or contact online.

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