Patients with special needs are those who due to physical, medical, developmental or cognitive conditions require special consideration when receiving dental treatment. This can include people with autism, Down syndrome, severe dental anxiety and countless other conditions or injuries that can make standard dental procedures more difficult.
Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Their education as specialists focuses on care for children with special needs. In addition, pediatric dental offices are designed to be physically accessible for special patients.
Our doctors have undergone training which allows us to provide dental care for children of all ages, including those with special needs. Together, with our highly trained, compassionate dental team, we care for:
- Children with Special Healthcare Needs
- Children with Behavioral Disorders
- Children with Cognitive Disorders
- Children with Physical Challenges
We generally treat patients from birth until their early 20’s. In some cases, however, our special-needs patients remain with us beyond adulthood.
Each patient, no matter what his or her special needs, is treated equally and with respect at our office. Our dental team takes pride in our abilities to care for special-needs patients, and we continually educate ourselves in order to serve this population of patients with the highest standard of care
Special needs patients can sometimes be very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Others require medications or diets that can be detrimental to their dental health. Many of them have physical difficulty with effective dental habits at home. However, we must remember that dental disease is preventable, and if dental care is started early and followed conscientiously every child can enjoy a healthy smile.
There are different behavior management techniques that we can use to establish better communication with our special needs patients. One of those techniques is called “Tell-Show-Do”. Using this approach, the dentist will tell the child what is going to happen next. Then, the dentist will show the instrument or motion they are going to perform. The dentist will then do the action. Walking the child through the process will hopefully help lower anxiety and make the process easier.
Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions, doubts or concerns you may have regarding the care of your child. We are here to help and we hope we can become the “dental home” for your child, thus bringing him/her a lifelong of great dental care.