Special Needs Pediatric Dentistry
Dentistry for those with special needs is just as crucial as it is for any other child requiring dental care. It may be a challenge to treat those with special needs, but pediatric dentists are specially qualified and prepared for dental treatments. Our caring pediatric dental team is committed to partnering with parents, caregivers, and patients to address his or her unique needs.
How does our pediatric dentist care for patients with special needs? We offer the following:
- A relaxed and caring environment that will address the needs and attention necessary for each patient
- Experience dealing with those who have special emotional, physical and/or developmental needs
- Safe and comfortable sedation dentistry is available to those patients who may not be able to sit for a traditional dental appointment
- In-house treatments, to help avoid the needs for a hospital or surgical center
- Child-specific treatments that aren’t offered by most general dentists
When you call our pediatric dentist’s office for the first time, be sure and let us know of any special accommodations that the patient with special needs will require. We’ll work closely with you to schedule an appointment time that will be most suitable for your child (usually first thing in the morning). Our practice will design an individualized plan that will cater to your child’s specific needs.
It’s sometimes beneficial for the patient to have an office tour prior to his/her appointment to familiarize themselves with the office and staff. The more information we have about your child, the better we can serve the patient and your family. You know your child best and can inform us on how to make their dental appointment as comfortable as possible and hopefully be a very positive experience.
Some of the special needs patients that we treat are those with:
- Down syndrome
- Feeding Tubes
- Spina Bifida
- Cognitive or Developmental Delays
- Emotional Trauma
- Cleft Lip and Palate
- Cerebral Palsy
- ...and many others.
Our pediatric dentist isn’t restricted by time and equipment, our office is designed in a way that fosters greater flexibility and various accommodations. We’ve thought of it all – enough space (for strollers or wheelchairs), toys and entertainment that appeals to a wide range of ages and developmental levels, child-centered décor and equipment, and caring and trained staff that’s familiar with patients who have unique needs.
With all of the necessary appointments for those with special needs, a dental visit can seem like just another appointment to add to the list. It’s crucial, however, to schedule regular dental visits to avoid more complicated dental problems in the future. In some cases, those with special needs may be even more prone to dental problems or emergencies.
By having your child be seen regularly by our pediatric dental office, we can take the necessary steps to intercept oral conditions that may be developing or have the potential to become bigger problems in the future. With preventative dental care, issues like bleeding gums, tooth decay, broken teeth, and abscessed teeth can be avoided. Our experienced team will work with parents and caregivers to help limit their child’s potential oral problems seen in those with special needs.
Are you looking for a kids dentist in Huntington Beach that can treat your child? Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions and concerns about your child. Call our pediatric dental office today – we look forward to working with you and your family to achieve the best dental health for you and your loved ones.