At Park Place Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we strongly believe that all children deserve lifelong, quality dental care that helps them smile bright. If your child requires special accommodations due to behavioral or developmental impairments, sensory concerns, autism, or other sensitive needs, you can rest assured that they’ll be well taken care of at our practice. Our pediatric dentist has undergone years of additional specialty training after dental school, including training on the care of children with special needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to set up the first appointment for your loved one.
The parents of children with special needs are often juggling so many priorities that dental health can be forgotten. Sensory concerns, in particular, can make oral health care a unique challenge, however, it’s important to remember that patients with special needs are actually more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems over time. There are several reasons for this, including the use of medication that has negative side effects for teeth or physical difficulties with brushing and flossing effectively.
First, regular preventive care is a huge benefit for all children! We can teach parents how to effectively carry out home care, provide regular cleanings, and also recommend beneficial services such as dental sealants and professional fluoride treatment.
If your child is in need of restorative services, our doctors are excellent at helping them receive it in a gentle and caring manner. If restraint or sedation (see below) becomes necessary, we can provide this without worry. And of course, we will discuss the benefits of any treatment, the limits, and the potential risks in comprehensive detail with parents before further steps are taken. We look forward to welcoming your child as the newest member of our oral healthcare family!
When caring for patients with special needs, sedation dentistry is a common technique for helping them feel comfortable and calm as we provide any necessary treatment. Nitrous oxide—also know as “laughing gas”—is a mild sedation option that will allow your child to remain conscious while also achieving a relaxed state. Alternatively, when mild sedation doesn’t meet the needs of a patient, general anesthesia can be used to provide relief during lengthy procedures in order to ensure their safety throughout the process.