The following includes a sampling of some of our past cases. They are representative of the patients with special needs that we treat, including seniors, and those with phobias and disabilities (ranging from physical and medical to cognitive challenges).
- Patricia called 1-800-Dentist after she broke a tooth while sleeping.
- Betty Kouns suffers from late-stage Alzheimer’s and as a result, significant tooth decay and gum disease. The Blende team not only restored Betty’s mouth to a healthy state, but witnessed a significant improvement in her overall health and quality of life.
- Bruce has cerebral palsy and a previous neck injury, making it difficult to be positioned comfortably and be treated in a traditional dental office setting.
- Cailan, a teen with Autism, had the combined challenges of difficulty communicating with others along with past trauma at the hands of dentists not equipped to handle special needs. A customized office visit and a complete treatment plan delivered while asleep, in a hospital setting, was able to provide the care and comfort he needed.
- Jill is developmentally delayed. She fell at camp and required an emergency solution to missing front teeth that would be functionally suitable to her lifestyle.
- Mandy has profound autism and developed a serious disorder of tooth development. With no one in her home town of Santa Fe who could perform full-mouth rehabilitation under general anesthesia, she was referred to our team. We gave her back a functional chewing surface and a big happy smile.
- Mary Jane had lost many teeth in the past due to an eating disorder and alcohol abuse. She had postponed dental work for years, due to fear.
- Mindy had a fear of dentists, partly because of her complex medical needs, which included a clotting deficiency and a history of seizures.
- Paula was non-verbal with advanced dementia and was no longer able to cooperate for dental work in the traditional office setting.
- Walter Fries, an Alzheimer’s patient, suffered from a serious tooth abscess. Asleep dentistry allowed the Blende Dental Group team to restore Walter’s health, as well as the peace of mind for those that care about him.
- Alan had limited mobility due to arthritis and obesity. His previous dentist referred him to The Blende Dental Group.
- Anneliese’s caregiver noticed that the patient had some broken teeth and that her dentures no longer fit.
- April had been receiving routine dental care, but when her agoraphobia was aggravated due to the death of her mother, her increased anxiety prevented her from leaving her home for appointments.
- Donna was non-ambulatory and confined to her bed. Her daughter-in-law contracted The Blende Dental Group when Donna lost two crowns.
- Francis had advanced dementia. She lived in a retirement community and the date of her last dental visit was unknown.
- Germaine had dementia and was non-ambulatory. Her concern was her loose, sharp teeth were cutting into her lip, making it harder to chew.
- Jean had dementia and was seen by The Blende Dental Group at her residential community, where she complained of broken teeth in the front of her mouth.
- John was non-ambulatory and his last dental visit was 20 years ago.
- Ophelia was bed bound and living at home with a caregiver.
- Sarah-Marie, who had dementia and was homebound in a memory care facility, complained of pain while chewing.
- Susan, who was non-ambulatory and bed bound, due to obesity and other medical factors. She called because she had not seen a dentist for many years and had a crown that was dislodged.