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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.


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