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Tips to Effectively Treat Special Needs Patients

4 Steps Every Dentist Can Take to Serve Autistic Patients

By Jacob Dent, DDS

The Summer 2016 issue of The New Dentist magazine featured an article authored by Dr. Jacob Dent, PDS®-supported owner dentist and PDS Institute® faculty member.

In his article, “Four Steps Every Dentist Can Take to Serve Autistic Patients,” Dr. Dent shares four simple actions clinicians can take for preparing themselves to effectively treat special needs patients in their practice.

Many general practice dentists might believe pediatric specialists are better qualified to treat patients with autism or other special needs. However, Dr. Dent’s four steps are not intended for one specialty over another, but can be adopted by any practicing dentist.

Dr. Dent reviews the following 4 tips to effectively treat special needs patients:

  1. Use the parents/caregivers as a resource
  2. Be intentional with scheduling
  3. Create a social story
  4. Take one small step at a time

Click here to read the full article on page 20 of The New Dentist magazine.

The New Dentist Magazine

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Dr. Dent has also worked with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation to build a Special Needs Advocacy and Training Program. The program is committed to providing access to dental care for the special needs community and offers training and education to general and pediatric dentists as well as their dental teams.

For more information about the program, click here.

Dr. Jacob Dent

Dr. Jacob Dent