By Nicole Fauteux
Historically, people with
cognitive, hearing or visual impairments have been directed to seek out a
special care dentist or a dental school for their oral health needs. Do these
referrals occur because general dentists lack the dental knowledge and skills
to treat these patients? In some cases, yes, but more often dentists are simply
unfamiliar with these populations and lack targeted training in how to
communicate effectively with special needs patients.