My mother was able to get two partials even though she has dementia and no extra sedation needed. The dentist did have panoramic xrays. I think the most important part of going for any treatment or diagnostic tests is to keep your parent calm and reassure them it will be alright. My father had normal pressure hydrocephalus and had to have brain surgery and that was tough. I was shocked after he woke up that the hospital wanted me in ICU with him 24/7 as he was a handful!! My husband took off of work to help me since both parents had dementia and even after leaving ICU and him in a regular hospital room, he still required one of us there with him. When my husband had to go back to work, they even had babysitters that came up to the hospital to sit with him at night. Unfortunately, Dad had both Parkinsons and Alzheimers, so the brain surgery didn't really help. Dad actually did pass away due to dementia. He first began forgetting how to eat, then eventually, loss of sight, and how to breathe. It is an absolutely horrible way to die. His death certificate lists "senile dementia" as the cause of death. Once he forgot how to walk, the steep decline came. Then it was one thing right after another that his mind lost how to do. I've seen a lot of people die in old age, but this was by far the worse way to go.
I don't understand how anyone can say that a person doesn't die from dementia, as he sure did and it was absolutely a horrible way to go! I know of others who lost their parent due to dementia also; it definitely wasn't something unusual and they too spoke of how horrible the passing was.
Post Edited (TexasTornado Deb) : 3/12/2014 8:57:41 PM (GMT-6)