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Nassau County Dental Society

377 Oak Street, Suite 204, Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: (516) 227-1112 , Fax: (516) 227-1114

Serving Patients With Special Needs

Serving Patients With Special Needs
Date: 5/17/2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Short Description: Serving Patients With Special Needs

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Membership Benefit Course

(The Nassau County Dental Society Designates

 This Activity for 3 CE Credits)


Thursday, May 17, 2018


Check-In 6:30 pm


NCDS Headquarters



"Serving Patients With Special Needs"


Part I: Dental Care for Special Needs Patients

They Deserve our Very Best!


Part II: Ambulatory Office-Based Anesthesia Services for Special Needs Patients-

A Growing but Underserved Population 



Edward L. Perlow, DDS, FAGD

Dr. Edward Perlow, in 1977, was accepted to the six-year pre-professional scholars program at Case Western Reserve University. After completing all requirements for professional school the first two years, he entered dental school receiving a BS in Dentistry in 1981. In 1982 Dr. Perlow was elected International Dental Student Representative for Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. He also received a grant to study various carbohydrates and their quantitative and dynamic acidogenicity in human saliva relating to their cariogenic potentials. This was presented in a competitive forum. He received his DDS in 1983 and was awarded honors in Oral Diagnosis and Radiology and was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. He completed a general practice residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital from 1983-1984 and immediately acquired a private practice at 2 Kent Rd New Hyde Park, NY where he has continually practiced comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on providing advanced restorative dental care for both typical and special needs patients. He routinely utilizes sedation and general anesthesia services with an attending anesthesiologist in the private practice setting. In 1985 Dr. Perlow returned to Long Island Jewish Hospital as a community based voluntary attending supervising general practice residents with care and treatment of special needs patients. For many years he has functioned as section chief and lectured in reference to Special Needs patients, private practice organization, prosthodontics, restorative dentistry, dental Issues in the Fragile X population, Sleep apnea therapy and the use of dentally supported appliances, and ethical issues in dentistry. Dr. Perlow has had memberships in Alpha Omega, the ADA, along with NYSDA and the Nassau County Dental Society, AGD, Academy of Osseointegration, Special Care Dentistry Association, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, New York Dental Forum, Suffolk Society of Dental Forensics and various local study groups. Dr. Perlow takes great pride in receiving fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and having served on both the executive and board of directors of Nassau County Dental Society as well as holding the position of chairman of its council on Ethics in Dental Practice. He has notably participated in examining and identifying victims of the TWA 800 disaster as well as attending Hofstra University School of Law for its certification study in Clinical Medical Bioethics. Presently he maintains attendance in the Medical Ethics journal club in Northwell Health System’s Feinstein Institute. Dr. Perlow also serves on the Citizens Board and guardianship council for AHRC Nassau, which is the largest agency serving the developmentally disabled population in New York State.


Martin R. Boorin, DMD

Dr. Martin Boorin is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine and completed his two-year Dental Anesthesiology Residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Boorin became a full-time anesthesiologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1992. He founded Anesthesia for Dental Health in 2005 and provides anesthesia services to a diverse population of children and adults in private offices. Dr. Boorin is an attending dentist anesthesiologist at Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and Long Island Jewish/Cohen Children’s Medical Center. He is chief of the dental anesthesia section at Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he coordinates and provides clinical and didactic resident education in anesthesiology. Dr. Boorin is an assistant clinical professor in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, dental anesthesiology division at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine with clinical and didactic responsibilities for the dental anesthesiology resident training program as well as periodontal, pediatric dental and general practice dental residents and pre-doctoral students. Dr. Boorin has expertise in managing patients who are medically compromised, have mental and physical disabilities, as well as in the management of difficult airways. Dr. Boorin has lectured to health care providers regionally and nationally on topics related to anesthesia, peri-operative patient evaluation and emergency management in dental practice. He is a diplomate member of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.



Dental personnel will gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes a “special needs” patient. Approaches to treatment when a patient’s medical history presents challenges to coordinating effective and safely delivered dental therapy will be discussed. As dental professionals, we should understand the barriers to care and who has erected those barriers. Where are these “special” patients located and how does it affect their care. One will understand the difference between informed consent, a legal right, and consent. We will contrast historic and contemporary approaches to restorative treatment for challenging patients.      


There continues to be a significant disparity between the diverse special needs population and available comprehensive dental services. Access to routine dental treatment is generally limited to several regional hospital dental services and ambulatory centers where the delay prior to receiving routine dental treatment can be as long as year. There is a significant and life-long need for dental services in this population who frequently live in group homes, or with aging parents, and have difficulty maintaining adequate oral hygiene. Clinicians are commonly met with challenges when attempting to accommodate special needs patients; patient scheduling frequently involves support staff with limited hours, inadequate scheduled chair time, and limits of patient cooperation in the operatory. Sedation and anesthesia services may be utilized not only to provide various levels of behavior modification but also enable comprehensive and often reconstructive dental services in these growing populations. Ambulatory office anesthesia services are available to dentists and surgeons which converts the dental office to an operating room by utilizing multimodal monitors, ultra-short anesthetics, and where possible portable anesthesia machines which facilitate rapid, same day, return to the patient’s residence, limited disruption in the patient’s daily routines, and eliminate any need for physical restraint during treatment.


Learning Points:

  • Exposure to techniques that help caring for different special needs populations.
  • Understand homecare as a powerful tool to help improve dental health.
  • We will identify instruments and supplies that are helpful with unique populations.
  • See how to change and improve the environment to maximize success.
  • Review the current definitions of Sedation and General Anesthesia and recent updates to NYS Dept. of Education sedation requirements.
  • Review special needs populations who are and are not suitable for office-based anesthesia services.
  • Understand the preparatory pathway to accommodating this population
  • Recognize the training, skills, and equipment required for an anesthesia team to provide safe office anesthesia.
  • An overview of the ambulatory anesthesia management for this population that involves the anesthesia team, the dentist’s staff, family and group home personnel.



Dr. Perlow’s and Dr. Boorin ‘s presentation includes use of a PowerPoint presentation, case example, photographic demonstration, along with question and answer session.








NCDS Member & Associate Member Dentists 

No Fee

Other Component ADA Member Dentists $75.00

Non-Dentist Staff $50.00

Non-Member Dentists $150.00

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Please call us at 516-227-1112 if you have any questions.


Jovanna Little, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP

Executive Director