Hospital dental practice in special patients

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Dental patients with special needs are people with different systemic diseases, multiple disorders or severe physi-cal and/or mental disabilities. A Medline search was made, yielding a total of 29 articles that served as the basis for this study, which offers a brief description of the dental intervention protocols in medically compromised patients. Dental treatment in patients with special needs, whether presenting medical problems or disabilities, is sometimes complex. For this reason the hospital should be regarded as the ideal setting for the care of these individuals. Be-fore starting any dental intervention, a correct patient evaluation is needed, based on a correct anamnesis, medical records and interconsultation reports, and with due assessment of the medical risks involved. The hospital setting offers the advantage of access to electronic medical records and to data referred to any complementary tests that may have been made, and we moreover have the possibility of performing treatments under general anesthesia. In this context, ambulatory major surgery is the best approach when considering general anesthesia in patients of this kind.




Silvestre-Rangil, J., Silvestre, F. J., & Espín-Gálvez, F. (2014). Hospital dental practice in special patients. Medicina Oral, Patologia Oral y Cirugia Bucal. Medicina Oral, Patologia Oral y Cirugia Bucal.

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