Georgia Dentist who Treats Patients with Lou Gherig’s Disease
Call Dr. Kurtzman when you need a Georgia dentist who treats patients with Lou Gherig’s disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS) is commonly referred to as Lou Gherig’s Disease and is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include muscle weakness, impaired use of the arms and legs, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing and swallowing. The symptoms of ALS worsen as the disease progresses.
Problems with muscle control, breathing and swallowing make it very difficult for ALS patients, especially patients with a more advanced stage of the disease, to receive dental care in a traditional dental office setting. Most dental practices are simply not equipped to treat these special care patients.
Dr. Kurtzman and his staff have worked very hard to create a practice that provides safe, effective and pain-free dental care for patients with ALS, including complex dental work. Our dental office is specially equipped to handle special care patients, however, it is safer to treat some ALS patients in a hospital setting.
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Dr. Kurtzman provides Atlanta dental care for patients with ALS in specially equipped operating rooms at Wellstar Windy Hill and Kennestone Hospitals. The patients are placed under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist and monitored for the entire time they are receiving treatment. Treating ALS patients in a hospital setting enables Dr. Kurtzman to provide them with effective, pain-free care while at the same time ensuring their safety.
Dr. Kurtzman welcomes patients with ALS who are referred by other dental practices. In fact, patients with ALS travel from as far as South Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee to see Dr. Kurtzman. Dr. Kurtzman provides them with the special care they need and then returns them to their referring practice for recall and recare.
If you have ALS and are in need of dental treatment, or if you have an ALS patient in your practice who needs dental treatment, please contact our Dentists who Treats Patients with Lou Gherig’s Disease at David Kurtzman, DDS today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.