Special Healthcare Needs

Defined

According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the definition of someone who may have special health care needs is someone with any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention, and/or use of specialized services or programs. The condition may be congenital, developmental, or acquired through disease, trauma, or environmental cause and may impose limitations in performing daily self-maintenance activities or substantial limitations in a major life activity.

Oral health care or any sort of health care for individuals with special needs requires specialized knowledge, and compassion as well as increased awareness, attention, adaptation, and accommodative measures beyond what are considered routine. This population is one that we are very passionate about serving, and hope you will give us a chance to prove that to you!

What makes us Special

In addition to specializing in the area of Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. Wiley has a unique passion for, as well as specialized training and experience in working with individuals with special healthcare needs. During his residency at Riley Hospital for Children, he was actually nominated by his faculty to participate in Indiana’s Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) LEND Program, where he received advanced training in family centered planning as well as caring for those with special healthcare needs in a multidisciplinary cohort.
On a personal level, Dr. Wiley has a family member that he was close to with special healthcare needs which speaks to his unique passion for and special fondness in working with individuals with these types of conditions. Due to his personal experience, he knew from the beginning that he wanted to help this population in any way he could, and our patients and families love him for it!

We see a lot of patients with Special Healthcare needs

From the inception of our practice, we have placed a great deal of importance and passion on those who have special healthcare needs which in many cases includes seeing a lot of adult patients. In many ways, adults with these conditions, often respond a lot like young children or even infants, which makes the treatment process feel very similar in nature. In many of these types of cases we find the use of sedatives like Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and Oral Medications to be a much more effective tool rather than using any sort of restraining devices or restraining techniques. Rest assure, that the safety and comfort of our patients during any and all procedures is our top priority, and we will work with you to ensure that both their safety and comfort are taken seriously and effectively!

Higher Risk

Children and young adults with special healthcare needs are often times at an increased risk for oral diseases throughout their lifetime. Oral diseases can have a direct and devastating impact on the health and quality of life of those with certain systemic health problems and / or conditions. Individuals with compromised immunity like leukemia, malignancies, human immunodeficiency virus or cardiac conditions associated with endocarditis, may be especially vulnerable to the effects of oral diseases. In most cases, individuals with mental, developmental, or physical disabilities who do not have the ability to understand, assume responsibility for, or cooperate with preventive oral health practices are susceptible as well. Rest assured, we will do our very best to equip you and your family in how to best compensate and adjust for your loved ones with with special healthcare needs.
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