• Access to dental care-parents' and caregivers' views on dental treatment services for people with disabilities.

      Prabhu, Neeta T; Nunn, June H; Evans, D J; Girdler, N M; Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia. neetaprabhu@hotmail.com (2010-03)
      The goal of this study was to elicit the views of patients or parents/caregivers of patients with disabilities regarding access to dental care. A questionnaire was generated both from interviews with patients/parents/caregivers already treated under sedation or general anesthesia as well as by use of the Delphi technique with other stakeholders. One hundred thirteen patients from across six community dental clinics and one dental hospital were included. Approximately, 38% of the subjects used a general dental practitioner and 35% used the community dental service for their dental care, with only 27% using the hospital dental services. Overall waiting time for an appointment at the secondary care setting was longer than for the primary care clinics. There was a high rate of parent/caregiver satisfaction with dental services and only five patients reported any difficulty with travel and access to clinics. This study highlights the need for a greater investment in education and training to improve skills in the primary dental care sector.
    • The forgotten profession.

      Stassen, Leo F A (2010-04)
    • Provision of dental care for special care patients: the view of Irish dentists in the Republic of Ireland.

      Smith, G; Rooney, Y; Nunn, J; Dublin Dental School and Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. gillian.smith@dental.tcd.ie (2010-04)
      Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005 requires that all people with a disability are entitled to a needs assessment and, by implication, provision of identified care needs. This process started with children aged 0-6 in 2007 and will roll out to all people with disabilities by 2011. Oral health is part of that needs assessment but it may be that dentists are not in a position to provide that care, by virtue of a lack of education, training or facilities. The majority of dental care delivered would seem, from information gathered as part of this study, to be of an emergency nature. This study aimed to identify the shortfalls in service provision, and their potential causes, to inform what it is hoped will be a positive directive on special care dentistry (SCD) in the proposed National Oral Health Strategy.
    • Provision of dental care for special care patients: the view of Irish dentists in the Republic of Ireland.

      Smith, G; Rooney, Y; Nunn, J; Dublin Dental School and Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. gillian.smith@dental.tcd.ie (Irish Dental Association, 2010-04)
      Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005 requires that all people with a disability are entitled to a needs assessment and, by implication, provision of identified care needs. This process started with children aged 0-6 in 2007 and will roll out to all people with disabilities by 2011. Oral health is part of that needs assessment but it may be that dentists are not in a position to provide that care, by virtue of a lack of education, training or facilities. The majority of dental care delivered would seem, from information gathered as part of this study, to be of an emergency nature. This study aimed to identify the shortfalls in service provision, and their potential causes, to inform what it is hoped will be a positive directive on special care dentistry (SCD) in the proposed National Oral Health Strategy.