Special Needs Dentistry

Special Needs Dentistry

Providing comprehensive preventive and therapeutic dental care to patients who have special healthcare needs is an important aspect of the specialty of pediatric dentistry and one our office takes very seriously. We value the unique qualities of each young smile we treat, and seek to ensure maximal health for all, regardless of developmental disability or other healthcare issues.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines special healthcare needs as “any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, healthcare intervention, and/or use of specialized services or programs.” Whether your child’s special need is congenital, developmental, or the result of disease or trauma, we can provide guidance and provide the specific treatments necessary.

Dental care for patients with special needs requires specialized knowledge acquired by additional training, as well as increased awareness and attention, adaptation, and accommodative measures beyond routine treatment. At our office, we have the experience necessary to provide suitable dental care while keeping in mind the unique nature of the children we see.

Some of the specific ways we help kids with special needs more comfortable are:

  • Weighted blankets
  • Headphones
  • Sunglasses
  • Quiet rooms for sensory mitigation

It is our goal to create a dental home for your child, where treatment can be delivered safely, and ideal dental health can be achieved. Please let our team know if your child has special needs and will do all we can to ensure they are comfortable during their visit.

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