Patients with special needs often face unique challenges when undergoing oral surgery. A higher level of planning, understanding, and care is necessary to deliver successful outcomes while ensuring a safe, comfortable experience. At Lighthouse Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, our doctors have extensive experience working with patients with a broad range of special needs, including:
- Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder
- Geriatric patients with cognitive impairment
- Individuals with mobility issues
- Individuals with significant and chronic underlying health concerns
- Individuals with mental health issues
- Children with emotional or behavioral issues
A Collaborative Approach
We work closely with patients, caregivers, and specialists to understand the patient’s specific needs and concerns in order to create an appropriate treatment plan. We do what is in the best interest of the patient to help them reach their desired endpoint while minimizing any stress, discomfort, or anxiety they may feel. IV sedation is often recommended to improve comfort and safety during procedures.
Oral Surgery Procedures
Given their extensive training and knowledge regarding surgery of the face, mouth, and jaw, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are well equipped to perform complex oral surgeries and administer IV anesthesia for patients with special needs. Common procedures include:
- Management of tooth-related problems (wisdom, disease, or pathologic)
- Management of soft/hard tissues pathology of the head, neck, and oral cavity
- Dental implant surgery
- Treatment of facial injuries
Patient vitals are closely monitored, and facilities are equipped to handle any anesthesia emergencies that may occur.
Compassionate, Quality Care
At Lighthouse Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we understand the difficulties families often face in finding an oral surgeon who can meet their loved one’s needs. As such, we strive to create a positive and comfortable experience. Through open dialogue and collaboration, we align treatment with each patient’s individual needs and ensure all providers and caregivers are in agreement about what is required and what to expect. Adjustments are made as necessary to provide safe, more predictable outcomes. Turn to Lighthouse Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for your special needs oral care.
We are experienced in treating patients of all ages and ability levels to provide oral surgery services in a safe, relaxing, and comfortable environment. Contact us in Houston or Katy, TX for a consultation at (713) 790-1995.