Unraveling the mystery behind dysphagia: What you need to know about swallowing disorders
Dysphagia is a swallowing impairment which can occur across age groups and in multiple medical conditions. Aspiration (i.e. food/fluids entering the lungs during swallowing) is a consequence of dysphagia. This may lead to aspiration pneumonia, which can potentially be life-threatening. Dental procedures for these patients may also pose an aspiration risk, because they may not be able to control fluids within their oral cavities or swallow excess water safely. This session will answer questions about the signs, prevalence and impact of dysphagia and the role of speech therapists in managing dysphagia. Strategies used by speech therapists to reduce inadvertent ingestion and possible aspiration of fluids and foreign objects will be discussed.
Speaker: MsLee Yan Shan, Speech Therapist, Speech Therapy Department, SGH
Lecture 2: Hand-in-hand with a PaediatricSpeech Therapist
This talk will provide a better understanding of a child's feeding and speech developmental milestones. It aims to answer some of the questions that parents may direct to paediatricdentists (e.g. How dental issues impact speech? Does tongue-tie affect my child's speech? Can my child eat biscuits even without teeth?) It also hopes to provide a clearer picture of some of the difficulties our patients may experience and give information about how dentists and speech therapist can work together to address these challenges.
Speaker: MsMaria Socorro Concepcion, Principal Speech Therapist, Speech Language Therapy Service, KKH
Lecture 3: Care for a D&D Dance? The Dysphagia & Dentistry Dance
The dental clinic practice may involve management of individuals with dysphagia. The oral health of patients must be maintained to reduce aspiration pneumonia. During dental treatment, steps must be taken to reduce risk of aspiration events. This session aims to highlight the importance of dentistry in patients with dysphagia. Strategies to prevent and reduce possible aspiration of fluids and foreign objects during dental treatment will be discussed.
Speaker: Dr Quek Heng Chuan, Consultant, Prosthodontic Unit, Dept of Restorative Dentistry, NDCS