Patients with Special Needs

Resources for Patients and Health Care Professionals

Through information provided at this site, we hope more of these individuals will have access to dental care and receive home-based dental prevention activities.

  • 17% of children in Washington State have a special need; half of these children have mild-moderate special needs.
  • Many individuals with special needs do not have access to regular and ongoing dental care.

Fact sheets have been developed for mild to moderate manifestations of a number of special needs conditions. For most conditions there are separate fact sheets for Dental Professionals, Medical Professionals, and Parents and Caregivers. A General Guidance fact sheet is included and is available in Spanish.

Content for the fact sheets was developed by a group of experts affiliated with the University of Washington and the Washington State Department of Health – Oral Health Program.

Information on the process used to develop these fact sheets can be found in the following PDF: Summary Development Process.

Special Needs Fact Sheets
Parent/Caregiver Fact Sheets Dental Fact Sheets for Children Dental Fact Sheets for Adults Medical Fact Sheets
ADHD (PDF) ADHD (PDF) ADHD (PDF) ADHD (PDF)
Anxiety (PDF) Anxiety (PDF) Anxiety (PDF) Anxiety (PDF)
Asthma (PDF) Asthma (PDF) Asthma (PDF) Asthma (PDF)
Autism (PDF) Autism (PDF) Autism (PDF) Autism (PDF)
Cerebral Palsy (PDF) Cerebral Palsy (PDF) Cerebral Palsy (PDF) Cerebral Palsy (PDF)
Cleft Lip & Palate (PDF) Cleft Lip & Palate (PDF) Cleft Lip & Palate (PDF)
Congenital Cardiac Disorder (PDF) Congenital Cardiac Disorder (PDF) Congenital Cardiac Disorder (PDF) Congenital Cardiac Disorder (PDF)
Depression (PDF) Depression (PDF) Depression (PDF) Depression (PDF)
Diabetes (PDF) Diabetes (PDF) Diabetes (PDF),
Diabetes II (PDF)
Diabetes (PDF)
Down Syndrome (PDF) Down Syndrome (PDF) Down Syndrome (PDF) Down Syndrome (PDF)
Eating Disorder (PDF) Eating Disorder (PDF) Eating Disorder (PDF)
Epilepsy (PDF) Epilepsy (PDF) Epilepsy (PDF) Epilepsy (PDF)
Hearing Impaired (PDF) Hearing Impaired (PDF) Hearing Impaired (PDF) Hearing Impaired (PDF)
HIV (PDF) HIV (PDF) HIV (PDF) HIV (PDF)
Intellectual Disability (PDF) Intellectual Disability (PDF)
TBI (PDF) TBI (PDF) TBI (PDF) TBI (PDF)

Additional Guidance