OHP Success Story – Summer 2018

Alex, age 54, lives with Rasmussen’s syndrome with intractable seizures and numerous other afflictions. He is also unable to verbally communicate due to a traumatic brain injury. Since this made it impossible for Alex to be treated in a traditional dental office, he was referred to Exceptional Needs Dental Services (ENDS) to receive treatment from a mobile dentist.

Recently, Alex had been experiencing an extraordinary amount of tooth pain. The pain grew to be so unbearable that he was refusing to eat. The ENDS mobile dentist, Dr. Jennifer Navis with Geriatric Dental Group, was able to visit the group home where he resides to diagnose the problem. However, due to his developmental disability he is unable to consciously cooperate for treatment. To address his dental needs, ENDS coordinated hospital dental care for Alex.

Through Oregon Health Plan Medicaid, Alex is enrolled with ENDS’ dental care organization partners. The ENDS program is a partnership established by four Oregon dental care organizations:

Capitol Dental Care
CareOregon Dental
Managed Dental Care of Oregon
Willamette Dental

The ENDS program provides dental care access to individuals with exceptional needs, serving those who are functionally impaired, requiring assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL), and are unable to obtain treatment in a traditional office setting.

Alex’s caregivers are happy to report that, since undergoing hospital dentistry, he is eating again. “His teeth look really good! The dentist got all the plaque off them.” The dental benefits made possible through Oregon Health Plan Medicaid, as well as providers like Dr. Navis, are essential for thousands of patients to receive quality oral health care. The ENDS program connects providers throughout Oregon to bring oral health care to those that need it most.

 

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OHP Success Story – Spring 2018

Marlene is never one to overlook an opportunity to help out the needy, whether that be people or animals. She has rescued dogs, cats, and even ducks. Over the years, it became increasingly difficult for Marlene to get around. She was diagnosed with neuropathy after it became apparent that it was not just old age slowing her down. Fortunately, she has a family member as her primary caregiver. Her family is always in good spirits and there is a great deal of laughter in the home. There, she enjoys sewing and crocheting while listening to rock & roll, and she loves tuning in to a good mystery.

As Marlene’s neuropathy progressed she became homebound which made going to see a dentist more than just challenging. She had diligently cared for her teeth all her life but went sometime without seeking dental care. Over those years many teeth broke, which caused her pain and embarrassment. Marlene had stopped smiling altogether.

Picture1When Marlene enrolled with Oregon Health Plan Medicaid, her dental care organization referred her to Exceptional Needs Dental Services (ENDS). The ENDS program is a partnership established by four Oregon dental care organizations:

-Capitol Dental Care
-CareOregon Dental
-Managed Dental Care of Oregon
-Willamette Dental

The ENDS program provides dental care access to individuals with exceptional needs, serving those who are functionally impaired, requiring assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL), and are unable to obtain treatment in a traditional office setting.

Since her ENDS dentist, Dr. John Aspros, has been treating Marlene she has improved a great deal. “He is very kind, gentle, and informative – a true blessing.” She is so excited to get her smile back and says that she is immensely grateful to the entire staff at ENDS.

The dental benefits through Oregon Health Plan Medicaid and the coordinated care provided by the ENDS program, as well as dentists like Dr. Aspros, make it possible for patients to receive the essential oral health care they need.

OHP Success Story – Winter 2018

Picture1Kay, age 80, is an artist who has done a lot of writing, oil paintings, and water colors. She has always had a beautiful garden that reflects her love of the outdoors and all the hard work she has put into it. Kay loves nature and has often enjoyed hosting friends and family from all walks of life in the greenery of her yard. Throughout her life, Kay has donated to nature habitats and parks.

Over the past year, Kay’s Parkinson’s disease advanced so much that she now has to reside in a long-term care facility. The disease progressed so aggressively that she eventually became unable to leave the care facility. Fortunately, Exceptional Needs Dental Services (ENDS) was able to connect her with a mobile dentist, Dr. Brian Koch. Kay has always diligently brushed her teeth and her husband brings her oral hygiene supplies; she has felt very on top of her oral care. To her, “A smile is a greeting card.” That is why she was surprised to hear from Dr. Koch, that even with all of the effort she was putting into her teeth, there were other problems affecting her otherwise healthy smile. It can be difficult to stay hydrated and producing adequate saliva can lead to dry mouth, which can lead to gum inflammation and other oral health issues.

Kay’s daughter says due to her mother’s Parkinson’s, she was not quite aware of these other problems. She could not feel the pain the way that someone else would have felt it. Thankfully, Dr. Koch was able to diagnose the issues and help her mitigate some of the damage. After evaluating Kay in her care facility, Dr. Koch referred her to Dr. John Aspros, an ENDS hospital dentist. Dr. Aspros was able to clean and help repair the more challenging areas of her mouth. Since the procedure, Kay’s daughter reports that her mother has noticed a better feeling in her mouth. She is very happy with the treatment.

Kay’s daughter is an advocate for the elderly and says that she has had a wonderful experience working with ENDS providers and staff. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I do not know what I would do without these benefits.” The dental benefits made possible through Oregon Health Plan, and providers like Dr. Koch and Dr. Aspros, are essential for thousands of patients to receive quality oral health care. The ENDS program connects providers throughout Oregon to bring oral health care to those that need it most.