Let Dentistry of Bethesda Tend to Your Special Needs Dentistry
Individuals with physical and developmental challenges require special care. Dr. Hornstein has been providing care for special needs patients since 1991, and our Bethesda dental office is designed to make caring for special needs patients as comfortable and easy as possible. If you use a wheelchair to get around, you’ll find it easy to access our office, and our treatment rooms are big enough to allow for easy transfer from your wheelchair to the dental chair. However, if transfer is not possible, we have movable dental chairs. While most dental chairs are bolted to the floor, ours can be moved, allowing you to remain in your wheelchair while you receive your care. Complications that you might run into at other dental offices won’t be a problem at Dentistry of Bethesda.
Individualized Care for Special Needs Patients
Dr. Hornstein always takes great pains to determine the best treatment style for each individual special needs patient. Some dentists will only treat special needs patients with the help of sedation, but Dr. Hornstein is well-practiced at the art of treating patients with various types of disabilities without sedation. His advanced education and experience have provided him with the tools to make patients feel at ease in his presence, and he will never touch a patient until he is confident that he or she completely trusts him. Should sedation be necessary, Dr. Hornstein maintains a relationship with an oral surgeon who can provide IV sedation so that all dental procedures can usually be performed in one visit to eliminate trauma to the patient.
Inclusive Care for Every Need
Dr. Hornstein accepts cases that many dentists are not equipped to handle, including children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and autism. He also treats adults with developmental issues, which normally falls to pedodontists who may not have the right tools or dental materials to handle adult patients. His care also extends to patients with chronic diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s, lupus, dementia, and Alzheimer’s, as well as stroke victims, quadriplegics, paraplegics, and those with seizure disorders. Dr. Hornstein even handles patients with psychological disorders, including manic-depressives and schizophrenics.
Maintaining Relationships in the Special Needs Community
As a board member of the Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, caring for special needs patients is one of Dr. Hornstein’s passions. He maintains relationships with numerous organizations for special needs, including the following:
- The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
- The ARC Montgomery County
- Service Coordination
- The Menick-Friese Group – The Menick-Friese Group specializes in developing and implementing financial strategies for multigenerational families who have individuals with long term disabilities and special needs. This includes finding the most cost effective funding techniques for special needs trusts, determining future financial needs and providing adequate resources; putting together a team to coordinate services for the disabled individual; and establishing a roadmap for future medical, legal, and related services for the family member with special needs.
Experience the Difference
Dentistry of Bethesda provides compassionate, personalized dental care for all members of your family, including those with special needs. Contact Bethesda dentist Dr. Spencer Hornstein today at (301) 530-2700 to schedule your consultation. We happily treat patients from Silver Spring, North Bethesda, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and the surrounding areas.