Dentists To Go

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:47am

Team of mobile dentists treats shut-in patients.

Who doesn't hate going to the dentist?

Taking the time to get there can be just as painful as whatever you need fixed, but that doesn't have to be the case.

Dr. David Blende is with House Call Dentist, a team of doctors and nurses that serve California's San Francisco Bay Area.

He treats patients who can't physically make it to his office, including many alzheimer's patients.

"We take care of an awful lot of special needs patients with cerebral palsy, spectrum disorder, certainly Alzheimer's, Downs Syndrome," Dr. Blende explains. "Anybody who is special needs and it's just hard for them to comprehend a dental visit in a conventional office setting."

Dr. Blende can offer much more than a simple exam during his house call.

He can even perform X-rays.

Bridget Byrne has been an in-home caregiver for ten years.

She says dental house calls save her patient from a stressful journey to a dental office in nearby San Francisco.

"I think it's less frightening for the patient, because they're in a home surrounding," she says, "and I think it's a great idea."

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