Seattle Special Care Dentistry

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•Our mission is to provide dental care for patients with complex medical, mental and physical challenges. We strive to successfully manage any patient, regardless of how complex their situation may be.

•We offer all aspects of dentistry including conscious sedation, general anesthesia, blood product infusions, and the use of hospital resources.

•We can provide expedited care when the patient’s medical needs rely on rapid dental stabilization, such as transplant clearance and oncology.

•We welcome referrals from patients, medical doctors, and dentists.

•While our practice focuses on our medically complex patients, we are happy to serve all patients, including family, friends, students and health care providers.

[08/30/17]   In light of recent events, we would like to extend our thoughts to all the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We hope that in the coming weeks and months that all those impacted are able to rebuild and come back stronger.

Why Inflammation in Your Mouth May Raise Your Risk of Cancer

Amanda MacMillan with TIME Magazine writes of how
"[Post Menopausal] women with gum disease are 14% more likely to develop cancer than those with healthy teeth and gums".

We have been and continue to be vocal about the need to treat dentistry and oral health as an integral part overall well-being: studies that connect these dots will help us move towards no longer treating oral health in isolation. In a new study, women with gum disease had a 14% higher risk of getting cancer

Happy Monday! We would like to introduce our newest class of Swedish Dental Residents. Please join us in welcoming Drs. Nwankwo, Schaff, Sullivan, Mitchell, and Nejad!

What toothbrushes tell us about inequality

Anna Rosling-Rönnlund uses photography of small, ordinary objects to show how differently people live all over the world. "Even a toothbrush, she says, can reveal a world of inequalities."

Super Croc with T. Rex Teeth May Have Chowed Down on Dinosaurs

Scientists have uncovered fossils in Madagascar of a "super croc", with teeth that very closely resemble the all-famous T. Rex! A crocodile-like Jurassic predator had huge serrated teeth like a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Dr. Amy Winston was recently included on a oral health panel for Health Matters, a weekly television show for KSPS Public TV PBS in Spokane. Joining her on the panel were her friends and collaborators, Dr. Mark Paxton of Spokane Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery South Hill and Dr. Elisabeth Warder, Dental Director of the Chas Community Health Association of Spokane. Dr. Winston also enjoyed meeting a new colleague, Ms. Windy Rothmund, a professor at the EWU Dental Hygiene Program. Along with their host, Teresa Lukens, they had a robust discussion on topics ranging from ER utilization to teeth whitening.

Dr. Winston and Dr. Letwin have been staunch advocates for increasing access to dental care throughout the state of Washington. They are currently working with Providence Health & Services to start a dental residency program in Spokane, similar to the one we have here in Seattle at Swedish. The program is expected to host its first group of residents in July 2019.

A very big congratulations to our long time colleague Carla, who just graduated from Hygiene school in Lake Washington! She has been with SSCD for years, and has formed strong relationships with many of our patients.

We can't wait for her to return in August and join the rest of our talented hygienists!

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Could baby Fiona have a future as a dentist?

According to the Cincinnati Zoo, mouth exploration is a tool hippos use to "act tough, play, show affection, and explore the world around them."

This interaction might make you nervous, but Fiona's care team was happy to see Bibi patiently allowing Fiona to mouth her tongue, tusks and even the back of her throat. Bibi got down on the ground and offered her whole mouth for exploration! Hippos use their mouths to act tough, play, show affection, and explore the world around them (we think Bibi likes the mouth massage!)

More than a third of Brits fear the dentist's chair -

A recent study conducted in Britain concluded that "more than a third of Brits fear the dentist chair" and that of those people, 79% "put off receiving medical advice as a result."

This is a problem for both patients and their doctors. While grouping all fearful patients together and treating them as the same can seem easy, fear can stem from a number of causes. An important first step to putting patients at ease is allowing them to share their story, so that they can work together with their doctor to find a way to get treatment in the most comfortable way. More than a third (34%) of Brits fear the dentist’s chair, new research has found. The research questioned 2,000 British adults about their fears when visiting the doctors, dentists and opticians. It revealed that 79% of those who admitted to having fears about visiting the dentist, doctors or optic...

Our Teeth Are Making Us Sick

In a truly heartbreaking piece, Nicholas Kristof with The New York Times highlights the painful reality so many people in our country face, the very reason our practice came to be.

Too often patients "don’t want to work in the front of the office, or talk to people, because they’re too humiliated by their teeth. They fear that rotting teeth will be seen as evidence of poverty, homelessness, or bad hygiene. "

We strive to begin and end each day in service of the patients who feel as if they have been left behind for medical complications and emergencies that are out of their own control.

"This is actually a problem we can solve." “Can you fix this?” one woman asked as she spat six crowns into her hand one by one.



4915 25th Ave NE, Ste 205
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
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