Special Needs Patients use of Universal Headrest

Restraint v Comfort and the Universal Headrest

Properly supporting the patients head during dental treatment is key to a good dental treatment outcome. Patient comfort leads to a relaxed posture and much reduced anxiety and tension. The position of the patient during treatment has to support their natural posture and the Universal Headrest deals with the most difficult cases.

Providing good head support for handicapped patients

The heart of the issue is balancing the needs of the patient and the working security for the dentist. Restricting movement to enable precision work is a clear advantage but this comes with a cost. The cost is the experience of the patient. When dealing with disabled dental patients irrational rapid moves present a real problem. When a patient presents ‘ticking’ behavior the issue becomes acute. The balance between clinical necessity and patient restraint becomes a real issue. In the most difficult cases this leads to some form of anaesthesia.

When dealing with neuro-disability patients in particular restraint is very distressing. It is likely that patients with mental issues will be at a state of heightened anxiety to add to this any form of obvious restraint will lead to a poor outcome.

Comfort and restraint is the objective of our universal headrest. Restraint implies hardness while comfort implies softness. Design Specific headrest pads have a unique structure to provide both. The foam interior is a bonded sandwich of hard foam on the outer edges to give support with a soft center section for comfort. When a head is lowered onto the pad it experiences soft foam comfort and as the head sinks in the hard foam outer edges bend inwards to support the head sideways. The best of both worlds.

Accommodating the Posture of Special Care Patients and the Universal Headrest

Disability patients are the most varied group of patients. Wheelchair patients with kyphosis and those who have a stoop are part of the group. A central headrest does not always meet the need.  The headrest needs to be moved a long way forward for some patients with a stoop. Conventional dental chairs cannot cope with this variety. The Universal Headrest provides a total solution. The headrest pad can be moved sideways on a  bar and locked in position. The headrest pad can be rotated and adjusted to any suitable angle. The whole Universal Headrest can move a long way forward for use with some stooped wheelchair patients.

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Tulip rotated

For special cases where a greater restraint is needed the ‘Tulip’ Headrest pad can be provided. This increases the restraint at minimal loss of comfort.

Find out more about our universal headrest features, pricing and video demonstrations.

Richard Fletcher