|dental offices and patients
Apr 26, 2001
I am doing a report on special-needs patients that have HIV/AIDS,could you tell me how a dentist and assistants treat these special-needs patients in a pratice?Any comment is greatly apprecieated.Thanks
Response from Dr. Reznik
The practice of dentistry for the vast majority of people living with HIV/AIDS is not any different than treating those who do not have HIV-infection. Special precautions are not necessary. Antibiotic premedication is not necessary unless the person happens to be neutropenic or has another unrelated condition such as Mitral Valve Prolapse with regurgitation. Healing times and post procedure complications following oral surgical procedures are no different for people living with HIV/AIDS when compared to those who do not have HIV/AIDS. It is safe to use high-speed ultrasonic scalers for periodontal management, etc.
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.