Specialized Dental Care for People with Physical & Developmental Disabilities
The Dental Medicine Service is a model program for the treatment of patients who present the most challenging dental cases, as well the training of specialized dental professionals. Since 1957, the service has continually provided a full scope of dental services to individuals with physical challenges and intellectual impairments.
Due to their medical condition, these patients usually have special needs when it comes to dental care. For instance, they may have intractable seizures or be unable to transfer from a wheelchair to a standard dental chair. These challenges may have discouraged them from receiving the dental care they need. The service treats approximately 3,000 patients each year, including individuals who live in 150 group homes from throughout a wide geographic area.
The staff interacts closely with the patient’s family and caretakers. Because in many cases they need to overcome past negative experiences the patient has encountered, the staff takes the time to explain in detail what services will be performed and how they will be delivered.
The staff is comprised of a dedicated team, including dentists and assistants, who treat adults and children.
Because the service limits its practice to serving individuals with disabilities, its members excel in evaluating the patient’s physical and mental capabilities, as well as any limitations, and in developing an appropriate treatment plan.
The Service provides routine dental/oral healthcare. A doctor is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For additional information on any of our services, or to make an appointment, we encourage you to contact us directly. The Dental Medicine Service accepts referrals from dentists, physicians, and other health care providers, or you may make an appointment for an evaluation and treatment.
845-786-4289 OR 1-888-70-REHAB, ext. 4289