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How is Geriatric Dentistry Different than Traditional Dentistry?

Just as there are medical doctors who dedicate their practice to assisting children or seniors, there are dentist who have experience in specific areas as well. When Dr. Richard Nguyen struggled to find adequate in home dental care for his ailing 84-year-old father, he decided to start his own practice that could assist the aging and homebound population.

Meeting the Dental Needs of Seniors

Other than the obvious difference – that In-House Dental Care travels to the patient – how is senior dental care different than a traditional office visit? There are several ways.

  • Dr. Nguyen has worked for years with patients with dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other cognitive and physical ailments. He is a member of the National Aging in Place Council and the Alzheimer’s Association. This gives him the necessary experience and knowledge to compassionately care for elderly patients.
     
  • We purposefully keep our appointments shorter than a traditional dental visit. After an hour or two, many elderly patients become fatigued. When we see the patient grow tired, we stop because our main concern is the patient’s health and mindset. Regardless of their physical and cognitive impairments, our staff treats every patient with the dignity and respect they deserve.
     
  • We also offer services most needed by seniors, including dentures. If a patient is having issues with dentures like discomfort or they don’t fit well, Dr. Nguyen investigates to find the problem. Depending on the patient’s needs, he can reline the existing dentures or make new ones. Our goal is to make sure the patient has comfortable dentures that they can eat and speak with.

These are just some the ways that we make sure our dental practice is serving our senior patients. If you have a caregiving patient or family member that needs in home dental care, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you.

A Vital Service for Seniors

When someone is bedridden or unable to leave the house, organizations like Meals on Wheels reach out to seniors to make sure they receive much-needed meals and interaction. As a member of the National Aging in Place Council and Alzheimer’s Association, Dr. Richard Nguyen knows how vital these services can be. However, when it comes to dental care, it can be harder to find a quality mobile dentist for seniors.

Dental Care Designed For Seniors

As people age, it might be become more and more difficult to leave their home to visit a traditional dental office. Neglecting dental health can lead to discomfort and other health issues. There’s a senior dentist who can help. Dr. Richard Nguyen is an experienced geriatric dentist who has worked with patients with a wide range of special needs, including:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dementia
  • Other cognitive and physical impairments

He works directly with assisted living facilities like Atria, Brightwater, and Sunflower Gardens to make sure their residents receive high quality dental care when they need it. He also works with smaller boarding homes and people living in private residences. He coordinates with physicians, caregivers, and family members as needed to schedule appointments and arrange treatment.

Whether we are traveling to a large assisted living facility or a private home, we make the patient comfortable. We often treat patients laying down in bed, and we can also help patients in wheelchairs, on the sofa, or in a recliner. Our goal is to always make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Everyone deserves great dental care, even if they can’t access a traditional dental office. That’s why In-House Dental Care travels to assisted living facilities, long term care homes, and private residences to treat elderly patients. We also visit patients in hospice. We provide the same standard of treatment you would expect in a dentist’s office, in the comfort of your home. Call our team today to schedule an appointment.

How Much Does In Home Dentistry Cost?

One question that always comes up with mobile dentistry is the price tag. Unlike other services, like ordering food for delivery, it can be hard to find a clear answer online. The answer is: it varies depending on procedure.

What we can tell you definitively is that in home dental care, no matter the provider, is more expensive than a visit to a traditional dental office. There are several reasons for this.

  • This is a unique service that brings professional dental care in the comfort of your home.
     
  • There is no waiting.  You don’t have to wait in a waiting room, you don’t have to wait in between procedures or cleanings, because the entire team is focused on the patient.
     
  • We bring an entire team to assist you. This includes an experienced senior dentist, two dental assistants, and an administrator. Our team is passionate about providing compassionate and professional care to every patient.
     
  •  We travel to you. Wherever the patient is, whether an assisted living facility, long term care residence, private home, we bring our equipment and team to you. Depending on where you are located, that takes driving time, set up of our professional equipment, procedure time, and clean up. Although the procedure might be fast and only require 30 minutes (we purposefully keep our appointments short for the comfort of our elderly patients), but it may include two hours of our time.

Although we can’t tell you what the price of a visit will cost online, because we don’t know the variables involved, we can talk you through the procedure and cost if you call us. In-House Dental Care believes that everyone deserves access to great dentistry, which is why we are so passionate about traveling throughout Southern California to assist patients. Contact us at (949) 339-5373 to discuss details.

How In-House Dental Care Makes It Like An Office Visit

Many people don’t realize that mobile dentistry offers the same professional treatment and personalized care that a traditional dentist’s office provides. In-House Dental Care brings the same service you would expect from a dental office right to your home.

The Mobile Dentists Bringing the Office to You

We are able to offer:

  1. High-tech Equipment
    Our state-of-the-art equipment is the same tools you would expect to see in a traditional dental office. The only difference is our equipment is specifically designed for portability and maneuverability. This allows us to bring the same instruments for top-notch dental care right into the patient’s home. For example, we have a portable X-ray machine that guides our mobile dentistry practice. We take X-rays of the inside of the patient’s mouth; from there we can determine what treatment is needed. Our top-of-the-line equipment is on a mobile cart that can be brought inside and even carried upstairs if necessary.
     
  2. Full Spectrum of Dental Procedures
    When you think of a mobile dentist, you might think we are limited by lack of a dental office. However, we offer most of the same procedures you would receive in a traditional facility. We are able to complete dental check-ups, cleanings, fill cavities, crowns, and denture work, all from the comfort of the patient’s home! If the procedure, such as dental surgery, requires an office visit we will discuss with the patient and family or caregivers what steps need to be taken.
     
  3. Professional Team
    We are able to offer these high quality dental procedures because of our innovative equipment and excellent team. In addition to a mobile dentist, each appointment typically includes 2 dental assistants and an administrator. Each patient receives an extremely high level of patient care, as our dental assistants are on hand to help the dentist with every procedure and our dental administrator is available to answer any billing questions.
     
  4. Patient Comfort
    The most important part of In-House Dental Care’s mobile dentistry practice is the focus on patient comfort. Everything we do, from using the best equipment available to having a highly trained and qualified team, is to make sure the patient gets outstanding in home dental care. We travel to wherever the patient is, whether that’s a private residence, long-term care, or assisted living facility. Ideally we work with the patient laying down in bed, but we are also able to provide care for patients more comfortable in a recliner or wheelchair. Our appointments are generally short, between one to two hours long, to make sure the patient doesn’t get overtaxed. Usually our patients are awake, but we can provide anti-anxiety medication if necessary. Every step is taken to ensure our patients are treated with dignity and respect, and that they are comfortable at all times.

In-House Dental Care is proud to be a mobile dentist service that can make a house call to your home. Our in home dental care is similar to an office visit in several ways, as explained above, with the added benefit of not having to move the patient. We make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible by bringing the professionalism and care of a traditional dental office right to your home. Please call us today to make an appointment.

Mobile Dentistry Services We Offer

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to work with a mobile in home dentist serving patients throughout Southern California, then we’re excited to welcome you into the fold. You may be wondering exactly which services we can offer from a mobile dentistry practice, and we’re proud to say that we cover a wide range of services to suit most dental needs. Dr. Richard Nguyen serves as a geriatric dentist with experience working with patients with a variety of health concerns, including degenerative and cognitive disease, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and more. Working with patients in their own home greatly reduces their stress, particularly for procedures that require more time.

In our mobile practice, we offer the following services for elderly and homebound patients.

Tooth Cleaning, Scaling, and Polishing

Over time, plaque buildup on our teeth accumulates, no matter how dedicated we are to our daily flossing and brushing routine. As we age, other factors can compile the issue, such as arthritis making it difficult to floss or sensitivity putting patients off regular brushing. Regular cleanings are a vital piece of the dental hygiene puzzle, helping to keep gums healthy, prevent tooth loss, and head off decay and infection. We also offer more in-depth scaling for teeth in need of deep cleaning, and polishing with fluoride treatment.

Fillings

Just as our bones lose calcium and density over time due to age, hormone changes, and more, our teeth can also begin to show more serious signs of wear in advanced age. It’s important to head off decay early, before it gets worse. Dental fillings allow the dentist to remove any decay and strengthen the teeth. Our mobile practice allows us to bring all the tools and equipment we need, including composites, lights, and paste.

Crowns

Occasionally, due to age, loss of calcium, or even accidents, teeth can break or become so damaged that a dental crown must be placed over the top of the tooth nub to maintain the bite and overall tooth health. Even simple wear and tear over decades of life can necessitate the need for a crown. From the comfort of a patient’s own home, Dr. Nguyen can perform the entire procedure, from filing a tooth into shape to placing a temporary or permanent crown.

Extractions

For teeth that are too damaged to remain in the mouth, occasionally extractions must be performed for the patient’s overall health and quality of life. Our practice is equipped to perform this procedure on site, whether in a home or a care facility.

Dentures

It’s hardly uncommon for elderly patients to require full or partial dentures on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. After extraction, Dr. Nguyen can fit a patient with a dental mold and create the necessary dentures. These prosthetics help prevent misalignment of the jaw, sores, pain, and other health issues that can arise from missing teeth, as well as helping patients maintain their ability to eat certain foods.

We able to perform any of these procedures anywhere in Southern California, specifically Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties. For more information or to ask if our practice can assist you or someone in your care, reach out anytime.

Using an In Home Dentist in Southern California

If you’ve been looking for an in home dentist in Southern California, you might be coming up blank. It’s difficult to find a qualified senior dentist that serves the aging population in our area, which is exactly why our dentist, Dr. Richard Nguyen, decided to begin his mobile dentistry practice. In his quest to become the best in home dentist available to patients throughout So Cal, he’s worked hard to provide essential services for elderly and homebound patients with the most up-to-date dental technology available.

What Makes For The Best In Home Dentist?

A huge part of providing necessary care is accessibility. For many geriatric and infirm patients, making regular trips to a dental office difficult or impossible due to a number of conditions ranging from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases to dementia and mobility issues. Without someone caring for accessibility concerns, many people may be missing out on essential care that maintains their health and improves their quality of life. For patients who cannot leave their home, they may find themselves living with pain, discomfort, infection, damaged teeth, and worse.

From the start, our mission at In-House Dental Care has been to provide the highest quality dental care to the homebound aging population. In order to do that, we’ve made it our mission to create a mobile dentistry practice that travels with the most up-to-date technology and equipment so we can provide patients everything they need without the necessity of coming into the office. When Dr. Nguyen noticed how difficult it was for his own aging father to obtain proper care, he made it a priority to provide residents of Southern California an outlet for their care regardless of circumstances.

Today, we’re proudly serving cities in Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties, including many areas with high elderly populations. We’re flexible and can travel to residential homes, assisted living facilities, hospice care, nursing homes, or wherever our patients need us. Even with this level of flexibility, we’re able to provide major dental procedures, from routine cleanings and fillings to extractions and denture fittings.

Southern California deserves the best in home dentist, and we’re happy to continue providing that service for many years to come. Whether you’re a patient yourself or the caretaker of one or more elderly patients, you’ll find all the convenience and care you need at our practice.

Introducing Dr. Richard Nguyen, DMD

When he observed his 84-year-old father unable to access quality dental care, Dr. Richard Nguyen, DMD began to have some idea of what he could do to help. With the seed of an idea in mind, he spoke with his sister, a geriatric physician, and they both came to the same conclusion: access to a dentist house call is necessary for many elderly and homebound patients, but there weren’t many options serving Southern California. Dr. Nguyen decided to remedy that by starting In-House Dental Care.

In Home Dental Care You Can Trust

Our elderly population has a number of special needs, ranging from mobility issues to degenerative cognitive disease, and these needs can make it difficult or impossible to get to an office so they can get the care they need. When patients are dealing with conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and dementia, keeping them comfortable and preventing unneeded stress becomes the top priority. Dental health is essential for overall health — numerous studies link gum disease with heart disease — but stress impacts health, as well. In order to receive complete and effective care, a dentist house call is often best for both patients and caretakers.

The best way Dr. Nguyen could think of to serve his patients was to ensure that they always have access to quality dental care, no matter where in Southern California they’re located or what their circumstance. He’s made his practice mobile and flexible enough to serve patients in:

  • Independent living
  • Assisted living
  • Nursing homes
  • Full-time care
  • Even those in hospice

There’s no reason why a homebound patient should have to forego proper treatment or live with discomfort, and mobile dentistry makes access possible.

Quality of life is of the utmost importance for the aging population, and tooth pain, decay, and discomfort can greatly affect that quality. Study after study indicates that gum disease and overall dental health are directly tied to other illnesses, like heart disease, which are all the more important to pay attention to in older patients who can be adversely affected. In-House Dental Care and Dr. Richard Nguyen, DMD bring all of the technology and convenience of a modern dental office to a patient’s home to perform procedures like cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, and denture fittings, all of which can help improve a patient’s wellbeing and overall health.

If you have questions as a patient or caretaker, Dr. Nguyen is always happy to answer. He proudly serves cities throughout Southern California. Contact us today to see if we provide care to your area!

Introducing Your Mobile In Home Dentist

We all know that maintaining proper dental health and hygiene is important, but as we age, it becomes more difficult to keep up with proper care due to mobility issues, illness, cognitive disability, and more. Eventually, it becomes near impossible to make it to an office for regular appointments. So how do you maintain proper senior dental care when you can’t leave your house? By finding a reputable in home dentist!

The In Home Dentist You Can Count On

Here at In-House Dental Care, our own Dr. Richard Nguyen found that there was an obvious dearth in the mobile dental care available to senior and homebound patients. This becomes a problem when patients with compromised health or immunity, or even simply advanced age, don’t receive their routine care and end up suffering from the effects of gum disease, tooth decay, pain, damage, and other issues.

This is exactly why it’s so important to find a reliable mobile dentist who can visit elderly and homebound patients in the comfort of their own homes to provide them with the care they need to remain comfortable and healthy. Our patients live with a number of physical and cognitive disorders ranging from Parkinson’s Disease to Alzheimer’s Disease, and it’s extra important to be able to give them the special care they need to help them feel as relaxed as possible. Senior dental care can include anything from a routine cleaning to extractions and denture fittings, and any unnecessary stress on the patient can complicate things. In order to receive the best care, we keep our patients as comfortable as we can throughout any procedure.

Dr. Nguyen is a mobile in home dentist, which means we bring everything we need to wherever our patients are, including any tools and equipment. We serve counties throughout Southern California, including:

Our practice is able to visit elderly or infirm patients in private residences, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and long term care communities, as well as patients residing in hospice care.

There are more than enough reasons to consider mobile home dentistry for all your dental care needs, so whether you’re an individual in need of in-home care or a caretaker for one or more elderly or housebound patients, we’ll be happy to work with you to make sure all our patients get proper dental care. The improvement in quality of life and health will be immediately noticeable! We’d love to get to know you, so give us a call today.