Oral Health Care Providers

Dental Medicaid health care providers of Nevada

We have a special opportunity to deliver care to a population of Nevadans that historically have not received adequate dental services.  This population does not have a loud voice to demand care in our offices, at the hospital emergency rooms, or with state law makers.  In fact, some of them do not have a voice at all.  Some of these patients can only indicate they are in pain or discomfort with a grimace or behavior that a caregiver might notice.  Nevada Medicaid will be reimbursing services for 2,000 members, who are over 21 years of age, with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

Would you help serve these Nevadans by providing dental care to those that suffer and often do so in silence?

This page is intended as a resource for dental providers. Providers that are enrolled as a Medicaid provider can be found on medicaid.nv.gov opens a new window

Oral Health Care Provider Survey

If you are an oral heath care provider, please take a few minutes to respond to this survey. Your input is crucial to helping us identify barriers, challenges and the training needs of providers in order to improve oral health outcomes for people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) across Nevada. (Survey takes approximately 7 minutes to complete.)

Why We Need You!

According to the National Institute of Dental and Cranial Research’s (NIH) opens a new window helpful tips for Dental Professionals, providing oral care to patients with developmental disabilities requires adaptation of the skills used every day. Most people with mild or moderate developmental disabilities can be treated successfully in the general practice setting.

However, it is important to be aware of the behavioral, physical, and cognitive challenges that someone with developmental disabilities may have. To help meet the unique oral health needs of people with developmental disabilities, learning the skills and techniques that will help you be successful in delivering care to these patients is key. Below are some general tips opens a new window from the NIH to help you adjust to the special oral health care needs of people with developmental disabilities:

  • Determine your patient’s mental capabilities and communication skills. Talk with the patient and their caregivers about how the patient’s abilities might affect oral health care. Be receptive to their thoughts and ideas on how to make the experience a success.
  • Set the stage for a successful visit. Involve the entire dental team–from the receptionist to the dental assistant.
  • Observe if physical manifestations of the disability(ies) are present. Look for challenges such as uncontrolled body movements or problems with sitting in the dentist’s chair.
  • Ask if the patient has an allergy to latex before you begin treatment. Latex allergies can be life threatening.
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Disability Specific Informational Fact Sheets

Continuing Education Courses/Educational Materials for Dental Professionals

There are also a number of continuing education courses listed below that can help a provider prepare to treat this population.

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A series from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) on providing oral care for people with mild or moderate developmental disabilities.

Tips, Insights and Best Practices

Helpful Videos

Dental Care for Children and Adults with DD: Special Considerations

Allen Wong, DDS, EdD, DABSCD Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry Professor and Director AEGD Program; Global Clinical Advisor, Special Olympics Special Smiles Program.

Dental Care for Patients with Autism, with Dr. Allen Wong, Part 2

Allen Wong, DDS.  access to care, lack of clinical resources for adults, disincentives for practitioners to treat this population, and questions about anesthesia.

Neurodiversity at the Dentist, with Dr. Allen Wong

Dr. Wong discusses the importance of dentists understanding neurodiversity, and options for how patients with sensory issues can have successful visits to the dentist.

Oral Health Instructions for Special Needs Patients

Dr. Jacob Dent presents his best practices for providing excellent care for special needs patients. Office set up, patient scheduling, and customized individual treatment. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder & Dental Care Webinar

A webinar on autism and dental care for dental hygienist and dental assistant students. Recognize characteristics of ASD, dental & parental concerns, ABA, office visits.

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