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Barriers to Dental Access for Special Needs Patients

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Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 01:00pm EST / Duration: 1 hour / CE Credits: 1

Accessing dental care can be extremely difficult for individuals with disabilities. This webinar will educate the dental professional and address the barriers and challenges facing the patient with special needs.


  • Dr. Matt Holder, MD, MBA, FAADM, Global Medical Advisor & Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Special Olympics Inc.
  • Dr. Timothy Garvey, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor & Dental Director, University of Florida Health College of Dentistry & Tacachale Dental Clinic
  • Barbie Vartanian, Executive Director, Project Accessible Oral Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply neurodevelopmental theory to their understanding of familiar and unfamiliar developmental disability diagnoses.
  • Define diagnostic overshadowing and understand the role that dentistry plays in reducing it in the IDD population.
  • Describe the common unusual traits of people who have autism.
  • Describe common aspects of a dental appointment that may necessitate alterations in providing dental care, and how these alterations may be implemented.
  • Alert the dental profession as to the barriers facing an individual with disabilities and the comorbidities that can (and most likely) will affect their treatment.