My dad is a dementia patient that needs over $2,000 in dental work. How can I help?

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I was thinking along the line of extractions vs repairs, bridges or partials, a lot depends on what needs to be done and the age and stage of the OP's dad.
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Actually, $2000 isn't that much. It's 2 crowns and some fillings.

I'd cherry pick the most important things to fix (ie: abcesses) and leave the other stuff. Dad had Parkinson's and the pain of sitting in the dental chair just put him over the edge, mentally. Mom just had the basics done once a year and tried to keep his teeth clean in between cleanings.

Mild sedation could help---my DIL is an anesthesiologist for a dental practice--she does anything from light sedation to full on "knock you out" sedation. It IS pricey, you may well end up spending more on the anesth. dr as you do on the dentist.
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Have you considered sedation dentistry? Usually any kind of sedation in someone with dementia is not a good idea as it can worsen the symptoms which sometimes resolve or sometimes don't but sedation dentistry isn't like surgery sedation. And it would enable to dentist to do what he needs to do.

Or can you cherry pick which services your dad needs the most and just have those done?

Have you discussed this with the dentist?
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What kind of dental work are they recommending? Anything major is going to be very difficult for someone with dementia, not just the actual appointments needed to do the work but they may not have the ability to care for and adapt to any changes.
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