According to the Spanish Society of Dentistry for the Handicapped and Special Needs Patients, SEOEME (www.infomed.es/seoeme
), special needs patients are those that present signs and symptoms of physical, mental, sensory and behavioural disabilities, which for their dental care require concepts, equipment and staff who have the ability to attend to the needs that they generate, escaping from the routines and standard programs of the general public.
Clinica Kranion is committed to the social integration of disabled patients, breaking down architectural barriers and providing a physical space tailored to their dentistry needs.
Clinica Kranion’s medical-dental team has specialised experience in special needs patient care and has protocols of action as agreed by the SEOEME for the care of:
- Patients with autism
- Patients with mental, sensory, physical and psychological disabilities.
- Patients who are difficult to manage (uncooperative).
- Patients with medical multi treatments.
- Oncology patients.
- Patients with clotting problems, diabetes, hypertension, etc.
The most common problems that these patients present are:
- Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), tooth mobility (periodontitis) and bad breath (halitosis).
- Dental trauma fractures.
- Malposition of the teeth (malocclusions).
- Frequent clenching and grinding of the teeth (bruxism).
- Dry mouth (xerostomia).
- Missing teeth.
- Gum growth (hyperplasia).
- Irritative lesions in the oral mucosa or tongue.
The most common treatments are usually:
- Pain relief.
- Cleaning and removal of mouth infections.
- Easing chewing.
- Establishment of preventive measures to avoid the creation of new diseases.