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Treating America's Special Needs Population: A Missed Opportunity

November 20, 2013 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm

A 21st century dental practice cannot ignore the rapidly growing population identified as “special needs.” These populations encompass physical, mental, and medical impairments that may alter our standard routines in delivery of oral health care. Embracing these varied populations can be a vibrant part of a healthy general practice. Many myths discourage the care of special populations in the private sector. Development of management skills and acquiring knowledge related to specific special needs can be rewarding for your team and a source of practice growth in the community.


  • Overview of growing special needs populations and oral health needs
  • Identify the multiple modalities for patient management in the dental chair
  • Develop the role of your dental team to create a positive and efficient outcome
  • Remove the mental and physical barriers in your office
  • Modify treatment planning and the factors to consider with special populations
  • Increase awareness of the home environment and impact on care taker/family
  • Overview of general dentistry in the operating room
  • Learn how to network in the healthcare community to understand the unique needs of special populations
  • Uncover the financial pathways for treatment

Free to VDA Members and their staff
Continuing Education Credits
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