This article emphasizes the need for an inclusive environment in dental practice for Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) patients. It sheds light on the challenges faced by DHH patients during dental appointments, such as communication barriers due to mask-wearing and lack of sign language interpreters. The article highlights the importance of using proper terminology, understanding communication preferences, and providing accommodations to ensure effective communication with DHH patients. It also discusses legal requirements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide reasonable accommodations. Ensuring inclusivity in dental practice is essential to improving access to care and enhancing oral health outcomes for DHH individuals.
Samona, Joseph DDS; Korleski, Michael RDH, BSDH; and Stefanac, Stephen J. DDS, MS
"Ensuring an Inclusive Environment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
12, Article 2.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss12/2