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Children and Adults with Special Needs

For patients who are bariatric or wheelchair bound, we have a specialised wheelchair recliner allowing treatment in the patient’s own wheelchair and bariatric dental chair.

Special Care Dentistry (SCD) is not limited to people with physical disabilities. A greater majority of our special needs clients are those with severe dental phobia – often recalling their traumatic dental experience, as a child soon as they get into the dental surgery. We also have clients with ongoing medical conditions (adolescents with autism or Down Syndrome), or have been diagnosed and undergoing allied health management for their mental health illness, and those on medication for depression and post-traumatic stress. Other than children, our special needs clients also include those in their teens, adults, and we also see aged care residents.

Special Needs Dentistry is a dental specialty and there are only a handful of specialists in the field working at both government hospitals and private practices. Through teledentistry available at our practice, Dr Robles, is able to liaise with Specialists in Special Needs Dentistry, and Specialist Paediatric Dentists in Brisbane and Victoria, who are members of the ANZSPD and ASSCID. A specialist opinion enables parents, patients themselves, and parties giving consent on behalf of patients they care for, to have a more a informed decision on the direction of continuing dental management of their child and those with special needs.

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