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    will i be able to go back to work ?

    I am a dentist my injury is at the t11 -t12 region but i just dont know if i will be able to function in that capacity anymore.I have being seaching all over to see if there is any paraplegic dentist around but to no avail.Hoping to find a paraplegic dentist so that i can at least look at the set up that he uses

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    I think only you could know that.Id have no problem seeing a dentist who's in chair,theres nothin wrong with mind or hands...I beleive Stevens is going to school for dentistry..Good luck man

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    My brother has used doctors in wheelchairs. That's too much talent to waste. Just take another look at your space. You might even pick up a new client or two. I went years between visits until somebody put in a proper ramp.

    Better dingy teeth than fall and get a broken arm or neck... smoother sailing these last few years. Some dentist are just adamant. "No, we have no access." Sweet mother of ADA ...

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    I just wish you good luck because it will be a little difficult,though never impossible

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    I don't know why you couldn't practice Dentistry from a chair, assuming the rest of you is healthy. Most Dentists sit to work, anyway. You may need to rework your workspace, but your hands are not involved, so go for it.

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    A friend of mine has a c6 injury and is a practicing Nephrologist(kidney specialist). Dentistry should be very possible with your level of injury and a little logistics management.

    Good luck.

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    Did you find a dentist

    Quote Originally Posted by j c
    I am a dentist my injury is at the t11 -t12 region but i just dont know if i will be able to function in that capacity anymore.I have being seaching all over to see if there is any paraplegic dentist around but to no avail.Hoping to find a paraplegic dentist so that i can at least look at the set up that he uses
    My brother Rex has had a complete spinal cord injury at t-12 - L1 and is also a dentist. His accident happened August 19th, 2005. Just wondering if you have had any luck finding out about other dentist in the same condition. Also if you have any other information to help him out. Hope you are doing well.
    Thanks
    Mark

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    I don't see any reason why you couldn't return to dentistry. Maybe look into getting a standing manual wheelchair if you're concerned about the times that you used to stand. Do you have partners in your practice or were you independant? If you had partners, talk to them about returning part time to slowly work on your endurance and confidence. If it helps any, My entire family just got situated w/a new dentist in the past couple weeks & I could get my chair around the rooms(they were very small rooms), it was a little crowded, but not bad. So, with that in mind i'm sure you could make it work in your practice w/minimal modifications(maybe remove or re-arrainge cabinets in the rooms). Good Luck in your endeavor and keep us updated on your progress.
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    Here is a resource to check out first (from the American Dental Association):

    http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/to...sableddent.asp

    Here is a journal article to get:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&dopt=Abstract

    A stand-up chair for the office and some remodeling of the office space and equipment may be needed, but it certainly should be do-able.

    (KLD)

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    Contact Voc. Rehab.

    If you haven't already been in touch with your State VR program to assist you in returning to work, you should do so ASAP. Their only mission is to help pwd's get back to work. Secondly, many State VR programs have consulting dentists to assist counselors in working with consumers who have dentition related disabilities or secondary disabilities. You would be and ideal candidate for this position.

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