The Special Patient Clinic is a unique clinic where most of the patients have complex medical conditions with multiple medications. The clinic takes care of the oral health needs of the geriatric patients, special needs patients and patients of all ages with complex medical conditions. We treat patients with:
- Cardiovascular diseases (Angina, Heart failure, Hypertension, Stroke)
- Patients with kidney and liver failure
- Organ transplants
- Patients with moderate to severe pulmonary diseases (Asthma, COPD)
- Cancer patients
- Patients with multiple systemic conditions and diseases
- Geriatric patients
- Patients with cognitive impairment
More specifically, the following conditions will be diagnosed and treated or appropriately referred to specialists by out students at the Special Patients Clinic:
- Signs, symptoms, diagnosis, monitoring and disease progression of oral and systemic diseases, and medical conditions common in geriatric populations
- Common oral lesions and orofacial pain conditions in older adults
- Temporomandibular Derangements and Arthritis
- Various oral soft and hard tissue diseases of jaws and mouth
At the Special Patients Clinic, dental students and residents (dentists in training), under the supervision of our expert faculty, provide high-quality care at reduced rates. As we are a teaching institution, care is delivered in an instructional environment and for this reason, treatment times are sometimes longer than in a private practice setting.
The clinic draws people from the entire Southern California metro region, which contains more than 22 million people. Because of our position on the West Coast of the U.S., we have one of the most diverse populations in the world — for example, there are more than 127 languages spoken in the Los Angeles Unified School District alone.
This diversity is reflected in the patients that come into our clinic, meaning that our students are exposed to an amazing number of treatment situations. We consider this to be one of the greatest advantages to learning at USC, because this provides our students with the opportunity to observe, diagnose and treat patients that come in with rare or unique conditions.