October 1, 2012
To help patients with special needs find dentists, the UWSoD has partnered with the Washington State Dental Association to provide a directory of Washington state dentists who care for such patients.
The directory was compiled by Clinical Research Manager Kimberly Hanson Huggins of the UW Department of Oral Medicine. It is searchable by the patient’s condition, by county, providers for adults or children, and
Medicaid acceptance, and it can be viewed as a map or a list.
The Directory of Dentists that Provide Care to Patients with Developmental or Acquired Special Needs can be found online at www.wsda.org/special-needs-directory. It builds on Huggins’ earlier work in expanding dental resources for the disabled community. She teamed with Dr. Ed Truelove, former Chair of Oral Medicine at the UW, and DECOD’s Dr. Glenn Govin and Mae Chin, and Dr. Travis Nelson of UW Pediatric Dentistry, to produce a series of fact sheets on people with special needs. The fact sheets cover 14 conditions, including autism, traumatic brain injury, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and more. In addition, a general caregiver fact sheet has been developed with translations into Spanish and Russian. The fact sheets have been posted on the School of Dentistry website at http://dental.washington.edu/departments/oral-medicine/special-needs-fact-sheets.html and distributed widely to other websites and organizations for health care professionals, parents/caregivers and special-needs advocates.
Moreover, a three-hour online continuing dental education course was developed based on the fact sheets. The course is free for WSDA members, $40 for others. Find the course at http://dental.washington.edu/cde/online-courses.html and at the fact-sheets link above.
Dentists who would like to be included in the directory can complete the survey at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/khh/136393, and their name and information will be added to the directory.