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Article: Volume 48 Number 4 Page 302 - April 2021

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Special Care Dentistry:  Dental care for the bariatric patient

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Abstract: As the overweight and obese population increases, one must be mindful of the implications on the delivery of dental care to this group. Appropriate facilities must be available, which may warrant structural and equipment adaptations to clinical and non-clinical areas. The complexity of dental treatment planning and delivery may be compounded by medical comorbidities, and careful consideration must be given to the suitability and safety of conscious sedation and general anaesthesia in order to facilitate treatment. This article aims to discuss how safe provision and equitable access to dental care can be achieved for the bariatric population.

Clinical relevance: This article aims to discuss the challenges posed by the increase in the overweight and obese population and considerations to be taken for provision of safe and equitable bariatric dental care.

Author notes: Jessica Hamilton, BDS (Hons), MFDS RCS Ed, Dip Con Sed, Specialty Trainee in Special Care Dentistry. Mary Gittins, BDS, MFDS RCS Ed, Dip Con Sed, Specialist in Special Care Dentistry. Andrew Geddis-Regan, BChD, BSc(Hons), MFDS RCS Ed, DSCD RCS Eng, PGCTLCP, PGCert, Academic Clinical Fellow and Specialty Trainee in Special Care Dentistry. Graham Walton, BDS, FDS, RCS(Eng), MB, BS, Dip Con Sed Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Newcastle Dental Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne email: jessica.hamilton2@nhs.net

Objective: To discuss key considerations to be taken when planning and delivering dental care for overweight and obese patients.