Oral health needs for special care population is often neglected by parents/care takers and by dental professional which is weary but a true fact. Despite the recognition of the role of dental profession in providing oral care for these people with disabilities, many dentists show reluctance to accept these people as their patients, the reason for this reluctance are various barriers that lead to the development of negative attitude towards these populations. Despite of numerous advances in the field of dentistry in recent days, the oral health of the special care population remains poor. “Empathy is necessary ingredient in rendering quality dental care for the disabled person”. Dental care of the disabled person should be aimed at developing empathy in the dental practitioners towards them. This article briefly explains various barriers in provision of dental care for special care population.
Keywords : Oral Health Care, Special Care Dentistry, Reluctance, Empathy, Barriers, Treatment Consideration.