It is estimated that by the year 2020, twelve million Americans will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Ten percent of people over 65 are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Dementia. By age 85 that number increases to 50% and those 85 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. If you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s Dementia, you know how forgetful they can be. They require a caregiver all the time to help them with the even the smallest daily needs. It becomes the caregiver responsibility to seek a dentist that is specialized and knowledgeable in treating patient with Alzheimer’s Dementia.
Dr. Pham and her team are well trained and committed to treating patients with physical and mental health. We are well known for treating patient with Alzheimer. Alzheimer patient have difficulty; with daily dental care and accepting help for other people. This makes them high risk for cavities and dental health problems in Alzheimer’s patients can lead to pain, unmanageable behavior and extensive dental treatment. Yet, the dental needs of Alzheimer’s patients are often overlooked, usually for very understandable reasons: the patient’s forgetfulness results in unintentional dental neglect; medications may cause chronic “dry mouth” or Symptoms of Xerostomia, which causes a reduction in the healthy flow of saliva that can lead to tooth decay. They will needs twice the number of yearly cleaning and prescription toothpaste is required. In the event that extensive dental work is required, it is done under I.V. sedation because the patient unpredictable behavior, gagging disorders and it is hard for them to sit in the dental chair for long duration which is often the byproduct of medications or other medical conditions... We will create a calming setting in which a sedation it is administered and monitored by a physician specialist, a board certified Anesthesiologist and Dr. Pham take care of the dental treatment.