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A visit to the dentist

Mibs

Registered User
May 26, 2014
73
Derbyshire
Just thought I'd share what I've discovered is available on the NHS for dental treatment for people with dementia - my husband (middle stage Alzheimer's) suddenly complained of pain in his mouth and vigorously rubbed away at his gums, and my immediate thought was how ever was I going to get him to sit still for the dentist, and even would the dentist be willing to treat him.

I rang to explain the problem and ask - our usual dentist was willing to try to examine his teeth, and despite my concerns the appointment went well, but unfortunately he needed two extractions and everyone agreed he would probably need to be sedated.

We were referred to the local 'Salaried primary care dental service' and the appt was yesterday. I was so impressed by the level of care and compassion shown to him by the dentist and her assistant - she ruled out a general anaesthetic because it has been shown to accelerate the dementia and opted instead for a standard gum injection.

Three times he scrambled out of the chair to put his coat on and three times they gently coaxed him back, and eventually the job was done. I've been dreading going for weeks and today I'm so relieved, and can't thank the dentist enough.

All the info, leaflets etc always say to make sure the person you're looking after has regular checkups with the dentist and optician etc, and I've always thought 'how on earth do I make that happen' but there is, at least for teeth, someone out there who's on our side and cares passionately about the welfare of dementia sufferers, and all on the NHS!

Sorry, for rambling - I'm quite giddy - so used to people shrugging their shoulders and turning their backs.
 

Beate

Registered User
May 21, 2014
12,031
London
I know what you mean! OH is under the care of Dental Home Services or whatever they are called, who specialise in difficult patients - people with dementia or a phobia of dentists. They come and visit him at his day centre.