“Patient Whisperers” How We Build Relationships Using Behavioral Support in Dentistry
Dr. Lyons led the dental team at the NM Special Needs Dental Clinic for over 34 years. His practice is limited to children and adults with disabilities, and it served as a training site for NM practitioners desiring to gain clinical experience in providing special care. He is a past president of the ‘Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities’ and the ‘Special Care Dentistry Association.’ Dr Lyons has served as a consultant on special care for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Head Start, and has been named a Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academies of Practice. He is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center and served on the Board of Directors for CSNWT, a non-profit group charged with developing comprehensive access to medical, dental, behavioral, and rehabilitative services for persons with severe to profound disabilities living in the community. He served as an editorial reviewer for several professional publications and has lectured nationally and internationally on special needs dentistry.
Disclosure: Dr. Lyons has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The lecture intends to discuss basic human behavior as it relates to the unique characteristics of the patient with IDD and examine the basic techniques that a dental team may employ to moderate the challenges presented by each individual we care for.
- Describe unique challenges that a person with IDD may exhibit in a care setting.
- Summarize dentistry's behavioral support “tools” and describe their use in supporting the characteristics of patients with special needs.
- Discuss human development of coping skills.
- List four basic talents needed by the dental team to support a patient with IDD.
- Describe the hierarchy of methodology available to dentistry to assist patients in their attempt to cope with clinical oral health treatment.