Dementia is one of the most significant public health issues today. The number of dementia patients is increasing due to the rapid aging of the population, and a new Alzheimer’s Disease patient is diagnosed every 67 seconds. There are multiple forms of dementia and each dementia patient requires an individualized treatment plan, which may change with each appointment as the disease progresses. Changes in behavior, medications, alertness, ability to cooperate and ability to perform oral hygiene all impact the success of treatment. In addition, legal considerations of consent and behavior control become factors in treatment. Caregivers become a vital part of successful treatment and must be included in treatment planning and trained to perform oral checks and hygiene.
This presentation by Dr. Wendy Sheine will discuss different forms of dementia, how to manage dementia patients in each stage of dementia, and how to adjust and complete appropriate treatment plans to maximize oral health through the progression of the disease. Most dementia patients that you will treat are simply patients in your practice who have developed dementia. It is important to have the tools to treat these patients successfully while minimizing stress to you, your patients, their caregivers and your staff. By doing so, the dental team can greatly improve a dementia patient’s safety and quality of life.
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