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dementia patients dental care

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I need to have a 5 page paper talking about Dementia. It should talk about the disease the effect on the brain and nervous system, patient's function,.....
There are 7 questions need to be covered within 5 pages. (Ideally all 7 questions)
references are needed to be addressed at the end of the paper.

The questions are:

1. What are the major symptoms, prognosis and dental implications of this patient's primary conditions?
2. What are the major actions, side effects, and dental implications of the medications this patient is taking?
3. What other information would you want to obtain about this patient prior to treatment? Why would the information you want to gather be useful?
4. How would this patient's ability to have dental treatment be different if her conditions were more or less severe? What if she was younger or older?
5. What alternative treatment plans are possible for this patient?
6. What general approach do you recommend for providing treatment and maintaining good oral health for this patient? Include information about how you would modify a normal treatment plan to best treat this patient, what setting would be best for treatment, would any medications be advised in addition to her normal medications, any other considerations for providing optimum prevention and treatment services.
7. Can this patient realistically maintain the restorative treatment planned? What steps could you take to ensure the best possible chance that the patient can maintain the treatment they receive given their specific risk/problems?

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1. What are the major symptoms, prognosis and dental implications of this patient's primary conditions?

Dementia represents a group of symptoms including loss of memory, judgment, language, complex motor skills, as well as other intellectual functioning caused by permanent damage or death of the brain's nerve cells, or neurons. Dementia is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease, which is a common cause of dementia. Heart disease and strokes can also cause dementia, so does alcohol and trauma suffered due to head injury.
How severe dementia can be is dependent on the location and the number of brain cells that have been damaged by the disease and for how long it has been progressing. In some dementia, sudden loss of all or some cognitive functioning is apparent, while in other these functions may be sub-optimal and getting worse off as time pass by. Both structural and bio chemical abnormalities that occur during dementia lead to more severe form of this disease. Symptoms of dementia include: Trouble with new memories using memory aids, having difficulty finding words, being effortful in completing familiar actions, having confusion about time, place or people, losing or misplacing familiar objects, onset of new depression or irritability symptom due to frustration of having weak memory, making poor decisions, experiencing personality changes, losing interest in important responsibilities, having hallucinations, and expressing false beliefs because tracking real and accurate events and experiences is not taking place any linger in a person suffering from dementia.

2. What are the major actions, side effects, and dental implications of the medications this patient is taking?
Major side effects of dementia medications can be many, ...

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