Special Health Care Needs
Q: Do children with special health care needs have special dental needs?
A: Studies indicate that some children with disabilities are more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. In addition, they may require medication, special diets, or possess oral habits detrimental to dental health. If dental care is started early and followed conscientiously, every child can enjoy a healthy smile.
Q: How can I prevent dental problems for my special child?
A: A first dental visit by age one will be the beginning to a lifetime of good dental health. We will obtain a full medical history, perform an examination of your child's teeth and gums, and then develop a preventive care plan specifically designed for your child's needs. Your child will benefit from the preventive approach recommended for all children- effective daily brushing and flossing, moderation of snacking and proper amounts of fluoride. Regular dental exams, professional cleanings and fluoride treatments will allow prevention of dental problems and help catch problems early if they should arise.
Q: Is your office prepared to care for special children?
A: Our doctors’ specialty education provided additional training that focused specifically on care for children with special needs. Furthermore, our office is designed to be physically accessible for special patients. Pediatric dentists, because of their expertise, are often the clinicians of choice for adults with special health care needs as well.
Q: Will my child need special care during dental treatment?
A: Each child requires a customized plan of treatment specifically designed for their needs. Some special children might require some form of restraint or even sedation. If a child requires extensive treatment which cannot be completed in an office setting, we may suggest providing care under I.V. sedation or at a local hospital under general anesthesia. We will choose a plan of care specifically designed for your child and then discuss the benefits, limits and risks of that plan with you.