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Special Needs Dentistry

Special needs patients need proper dental and oral health care just like everyone else. Dr. Anna Willison is a member of the Special Care Dentistry Association and has undergone additional training in order to provide special needs dental patients the attention and care they need. She understands that these patients may face unusual challenges that require consideration before, during and after their dental treatment. Occasionally, a team of dental specialists may be necessary to treat a challenging special need patient. Some examples of dental specialists are: prosthodontist (for a challenging restorative care), periodontist (gum specialist), orthodontist (improving bite relationships, straightening teeth), endodontist (root canal specialist).

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Some examples of conditions and disabilities that Dr. Willison and her team treats are:

Developmental Disabilities


Alzheimer’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

Multiple Sclerosis

Downs Syndrome

Intellectual Disabilities

Physical Disabilities

Cerebral Palsy

Genetic Conditions such as Angleman, Rubinstein-Taybi, Nager, Goldenhar, Apert

Dr. Willison is credentialed with the Medical City Hospital in Dallas. With the hospital privileges, she is able to treat patients in a hospital operating room utilizing general anesthesia by Board Certified anesthesiologists. In some instances dental treatment may be accomplished in an office setting with or without anesthesia specialists depending on a patient’s special needs. Those with heart conditions, for example, may require the knowledge and experience of an anesthesiologist in order to safely undergo certain dental procedures.