Singapore’s senior citizens and people with special needs have a place to go for customised dental care, according Channel News Asia. Singapore’s first dental clinic specifically designed for special needs patients opened on June 21 of 2015. The Geriatric Special Care Dentistry Clinic includes various tools and technologies that will make it easier for the elderly and those who are physically or mentally challenged to receive dental care.
Senior Patient Accommodations
Elderly patients can feel comfortable arriving at Geriatric Special Care Dentistry Clinic. Large doorways, spacious waiting areas, wide hallways, and broad aisles are designed to accommodate wheelchairs. The clinic also boasts plenty of handrails for unsteady seniors, along with brightly lit signs in large, easy-to-read fonts. In fact, the clinic also has dental seats that are wheelchair friendly, so that elderly patients can stay in their wheelchair while being treated.
Special Needs Care
The clinic isn’t just for elderly patients, but for others with unique challenges as well. One young man, Kiran Raj, has developmental issues. According to his mother, he tends to “act up,” and she wasn’t sure she would be able to take him to a dentist’s office. Fortunately for Kiran, the new clinic has on-staff behavioural management specialists who can take him through the process and provide any necessary support. Thanks to the Singapore dentists at the clinic, Kiran’s mother was able to take him in for any appointment and learn strategies in persuading Kiran to open his mouth so she could brush his teeth. The new techniques include a facial muscle massage to encourage Kiran to relax and open up for his teeth to be cleaned.
The Needs of an Ageing Population
As Singapore’s population ages and more children with special needs grow into adulthood, clinics like Geriatric Special Care Dentistry Clinic will become even more essential. According to Associate Professor Poon Choy Yoke, Director of the National Dental Centre of Singapore, there is a “growing demand for these services.” Thousands of patients have passed through the clinic’s doors since they opened, and more are expected to come each year. The Centre for Oral Health at the National University Health System plans to open another clinic similar to Geriatric Special Care, in order to help alleviate the needs of this segment of Singapore’s population.
Inspiration for Young Dentists
The Singapore government recognises the need for more Singapore dentists who specialise in the care of mentally challenged individuals, physically handicapped people, and seniors. ” The Ministry of Health has offered scholarships for dentists who are keen to take up the challenges of geriatric and special needs dentistry,” explains Health Minister Gan Kim Young. ” Seven scholarships have been awarded and four dentists have since completed their specialty training.” It’s a positive step forward, but more geriatric dentists and oral health specialists are needed in the near future.
Patient Care at Orchard Scotts Dental
Like Geriatric Special Care Dentistry Clinic, Orchard Scotts Dental is a wonderful Singapore dental clinic with a caring, accommodating staff. While we are designed to serve everyone, we are also happy to make special adjustments to accommodate the needs of all our patients, no matter what challenges they face. Contact us today to make an appointment, and let us know how we can support your family and make your visit a successful one.
Original Source: “Singapore’s First dental clinic for elderly, special needs patients opens,” Sara Grosse, Channel News Asia, June 2016.