The Dental Management of Patients with Sensory Impairments

If you have seen the latest British Dental Journal, you may have seen my latest published piece.... how do you manage patients who have sensory impairments?

People who have sensory impairments include people who are either:
  • Deaf
  • Blind
  • Deafblind
Sensory impairments are commonplace in the UK and while I come across a lot of these patients within Special Care Dentistry, these patients are often seen in general dental practice and all areas of dental care. 

We all have a responsibility to see these patients and give reasonable adjustments to care (according to the Equality Act 2010), and meet with their communication needs (as per the Accessible Information Standard 2016).  Our article, explains what adjustments every dental professional can make when caring for these patients. 

Click here to be taken to the article, which is open access!

I also have another blog post here, which explains how to communicate with patients with additional needs as well as more information in an accessible format about the Accessible Information Standard 2016. 

Have you seen patients with sensory impairments? What tips do you have? Please leave them in the comments below. 

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