The special needs population is very diverse. The indications for sedation and anesthesia are just as varied. How they are pre-medicated (to get into the dental chair and have an IV started), induced (put to sleep), maintained (stay asleep) and emerge (wake up) is tailored to their needs and dental treatment requirements.
The special needs patient can be very challenging to treat in the general dental office environment. How Dr. Seifikar treats this patient population depends on their physical (wheelchair bound, contractures, uncontrolled movements, etc.) and mental ability to cope with entering the dental office or treatment room, and allowing an IV to be started.
Dr. Seifikar received formal training in providing anesthesia for special needs patients while in residency at the Center for Patients with Special Needs clinic in University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He has extensive experience when it comes to treating special needs with conditions such as Mental Retardation, Autism, Cerebral palsy, Alzheimer, ADHD, ADD and Down syndrome.