Special Needs Dentistry
Special needs dentistry, sometimes called special care dentistry, is the diagnosis and treatment of oral health care problems and routine dental health care such as checkups and cleanings in patients with disabilities or limitations. Pediatric specialty dentists work with children who may have cognitive, emotional, medical, or physical disabilities.
Celebration Pediatric Dentistry regularly works with children with special needs, bringing compassion and understanding to our relationships with special needs patients. Our knowledge and experience of the unique needs and possible fears of children with disabilities or limitations allow us to care for your child’s teeth without trauma or tears. All our doctors are trained in working with special needs children, ensuring they take a gentle, non-threatening approach with every child.
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Children with Special Needs
Our doctors are experienced in working with children with an array of special needs, including those with:
- Down syndrome
- Genetic disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Sight or hearing disorders
- Sensory integration disorder
- Developmental delays
- Physical limitations
Care and Compassion
Children with special needs require a gentle touch, a soothing atmosphere, and, above all, understanding and patience. These children have limitations that have a dramatic impact on their oral health. Sometimes that limitation is physical, sometimes emotional, and sometimes cognitive. Whatever the issue, we take the time to explain what we are doing, achieving our dental care goals for your child with compassion and reassurance. Our goal is to establish our office as a safe space for your child where they enjoy receiving dental care surrounded by friends.
Sedation for Special Needs Kids
Anxiety, fear, worry, agitation…children with special needs may react unpredictably to having dental procedures performed. Something as routine as a checkup and cleaning can become an ordeal for a child who has difficulty understanding or coping with the process. For these situations, sedation dentistry can mean the difference between a failed and traumatic visit to the dentist and a successful procedure with long-term health benefits.
Our doctors and staff are fully trained in all levels of sedation, including IV sedation. If general anesthesia is required, a certified anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia and closely monitors your child at all times.
Call to Discuss Your Special Needs Child and Their Dental Needs
Our doctors take the time to gently guide each patient through their dental appointment using an unhurried, friendly approach and a touch of humor if appropriate. If you have a special needs child and are concerned about their well-being or comfort level at Celebration Pediatric Dentistry, contact our office to schedule a consultation either alone or with your child so that we introduce you to our kind and compassionate approach to special needs dentistry.