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    Want hygienist students to know?

    Hi,
    my friend teaches future dental hygienist students at our local college. She's asked me to come in and tell them my experiences over the past 20+ years of going and what they could improve or do to help us in wheelchairs.
    Since no two disabilities are alike, is there anything you guys would like me to share?
    one huge thing for me was having to transfer into the dentist chair. It's a pain (I'm c6/7) in a permobile chair. Ugh. Only found out two years ago that they can move the dental chair over and allow me to stay in my own chair to get cleanings, fillings, etc. Most hygienist don't know that's an option!

    thanks!
    Shannon
    C6/7 incomplete
    20 yrs post sci

    "falling is easy it's getting back up that becomes the problem, becomes the problem" Staind
    "A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.:" :-)
    - Burt Bacharach

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    I would include the following:
    • Different techniques/equipment needed for dental hygiene (teeth cleaning) for people with limited hand function.
    • Dental issues related to chronic use of anticholinergic medications (Ditropan, Detrol, Vesicare, etc.)
    • Autonomic dysreflexia (while this cannot occur due to dental procedures alone, having the person in uncomfortable position or pressure from the dental chair can cause this).
    • Options to avoid or facilitate transfers (as you mentioned). There are special chairs that can be moved that can allow you to stay in your chair IF it has tilt in space or recline. Also there are a couple devices available like this: http://www.diaco.co.uk/index.html or http://www.designspecific.co.uk/html/compact__home.html or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2Nhfat-ilU


    We have ceiling track lifts for transfers in our dental clinic, and mobile floor based lifts can be used with most dental chairs.

    You also might want to take a look at this page for ideas: http://www.wheelchairnet.org/wcn_liv...dentistry.html

    (KLD)

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    Oh, these are great---thanks so much!
    Shannon
    C6/7 incomplete
    20 yrs post sci

    "falling is easy it's getting back up that becomes the problem, becomes the problem" Staind
    "A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.:" :-)
    - Burt Bacharach

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