Dental procedure for alzheimer patient

My mother has alzheimers. She can be quite difficult at times.  Today she was screaming about her mouth hurting. When I finally got her asleep, I peeked inside her mouth.  There is a huge cavity and what looks like an abscess based on what I infer from the articles I looked up online. I know she needs to see a dentist, but I have no idea how to actually get her to let the dentist treat her.  Are there dentists who specialize in alzheimer patients?

Amy S. – Boston


There isn’t a specialization for alzheimer patients, but many dentist have treated them.  If I were in your position, I would go to a dentist who does sedation dentistry.  That can make the appointment trouble free for you, your mother, and the dentist.

There are different levels of sedation. Not all dentists who use sedation use all the types, so you’ll have to call around.  My suggestion would be to find someone who uses oral conscious sedation.  It’s a lot stronger than nitrous oxide.

You’ll give her a pill before her appointment and she’ll be completely relaxed. I mean completely relaxed.  Even people without alzheimers often don’t even remember the procedure.

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I need help

I joined a club at school that my dad told me not to.  Something happened while I was there and I ended up getting a front tooth knocked out.  When I went home and explained to my dad what happened, he said that he doesn’t have money for the dentist. I disobeyed so the tooth is my problem.  I’m only twelve and don’t have a way of making enough money for the dentist.  I have about $7 I made in babysitting, but that is it.  What do I do? I don’t want to live my life with one of my front teeth missing. I’m so ugly. It’s too embarassing.

Bella K. – Oregon


I’m very sorry for what you’re going through.  I want you to know that even though you feel ugly because one of your teeth is missing, that doesn’t mean you are ugly.

Let’s try to get you some help.  Because you’re a minor, one of your parents will need to consent to treatment.  There’s good news too.  Dentists become dentists because they like helping people.  I bet if you called around and explained your sitution, there will be at least one willing to work with you to get treatment.

I’d start by doing a Google search for affordable dentist. Then talk with them until you find one you’re comfortable with.

There are levels of treatment. Maybe at first, you can get a temporary treatment like a removable partial denture until you can afford one the better (but priceier) treatments.

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