When it comes to caring for special needs children in the dental office, there are a few key factors that our team keeps in mind.
- One of the most important principles we follow is to make sure that the child feels comfortable and safe in the dental setting. The child should be able to feel open and comfortable expressing their emotions but also recognize that there is truly nothing to fear. This means creating a relaxing and welcoming environment and taking the time to get to know the child on a personal level.
- Another key factor is communication. Our team always makes sure to clearly communicate with the parents about the child’s treatment needs and what procedures will be done. We will also talk your child through the process to ensure they are aware of what we are doing at every step. We encourage parents to ask questions and participate in their child’s care as much as possible. This helps ensure that everyone is on the same page and that the child’s needs are always met.
- We also take into account the individualized needs of each child. Some may require a more gradual introduction to dental care, while others may need extra time for their appointments. No matter what the need, we work hard to ensure that each child feels comfortable and safe in our office. We know that a positive dental experience can have a lasting impact on a child’s overall health, and we are proud to be able to provide gentle, patient, and customized care for young patients with special needs.
Sedation for Special Needs
If your child still struggles to become relaxed in the dental setting, that is okay. We understand that the situation may seem strange or scary to them, and they may need some time to adjust to it; in the meantime, they may require some additional support.
With our sedative options, we can provide your child with a more comfortable experience while they receive the dental care they need. We offer both nitrous oxide and IV sedation, so we can perform the treatment they need while they remain conscious, responsive, and comfortable in the dental chair. Between either of these options, we can find the best fit for your child’s particular level of anxiety, special needs, as well as their dental situation. With the help of dental sedation, your child can feel relaxed and safe in the dental office and get the care they need to have a healthy smile.
The Importance of Early Dentistry
While children with special needs may feel apprehensive about visiting the dentist, it is essential that they visit us for routine cleanings and exams, as well as treatments for any decay, injury, or conditions. By bringing them in from an early age and allowing them to become more familiar with the care we provide, and what to expect from our dental professionals, they can begin building their confidence and comfort level. As a result, this establishes a healthy foundation for dental care that can last their entire lives!
If you are interested in booking your child an appointment at our practice, call today! Our team will certainly be happy to provide the customized care your child needs to begin building a positive relationship with dentistry.