We LOVE our special needs population. We know that managing their health is a team effort, often with several doctors and doctor appointments. Our goal is that this becomes an appointment you look forward to; the one that doesn’t cause you or the patient stress or anxiety.
We understand there may be a lot of sensitivities associated with oral care. The sounds and new environment can often be overstimulating. You may have a hard time finding a toothpaste that works. It might be hard to find healthy food options due to picky eating.
Sometimes brushing doesn’t happen every day. We understand. We look at the big picture and come up with realistic ways to help. Every child is created perfectly and uniquely and requires different needs.
Providing comprehensive preventive and therapeutic dental care to patients who have special healthcare needs is an important aspect of the specialty of pediatric dentistry. 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 condition is congenital, developmental, or the result of disease or trauma, we can provide guidance and raise awareness of his or her special dental care needs.
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.
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.