Special Needs Pediatric Dentist in Surprise, AZ
Many children feel uneasy during a dental exam or treatment, even more so for a child with special needs. Fortunately, the pediatric dentists at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Surprise, AZ, have specific education and training to provide gentle, customized dental treatments for special needs children.
Special Needs Dentistry, Defined
Special needs dentistry is a specialized field of dental practice that addresses patients’ individual needs with conditions relating to emotional, physical, mental, behavioral, developmental, or cognitive impairment.
The dental procedures in special needs dentistry are the same as traditional pediatric dentistry, e.g., cleanings, examinations, and fillings. However, special needs dentistry approaches each treatment with a profound understanding and sensitivity to each child’s unique circumstances and meets both emotional and medical needs.
Special needs dental care is effective for treating children with conditions including but not limited to:
- Cerebral palsy
- Downs syndrome
- ODD (oppositional defiant disorder)
Special needs children are prone to dental issues specific to their condition. Some special needs children may be more likely to suffer oral trauma, while others are prone to tooth decay or gum disease. Some medications and prescribed diets negatively impact the oral health of your child.
The pediatric dentists at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics use numerous techniques to keep your child comfortable during treatment. We offer tailored behavior management and dental sedation.
First and foremost, our team strives to establish a relationship with your child and build their trust. Our knowledgeable dental staff then uses the techniques and equipment that best serve your child’s needs and creates the most pleasant experience.
How To Prepare a Child With Special Needs for a Dental Appointment
Surprise Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics recommends that you talk to your child favorably about their dental appointment in advance. Mark the date on your calendar and count down the days. Give yourself extra time on the day of your visit so that your child does not feel rushed or pressured.
Your child may feel more secure if you stay with them during the appointment.
The caring team of pediatric dental professionals at Surprise Pediatric Dentistry has extensive knowledge and experience in treating special needs children. We strive to make your child’s dental appointment as comfortable and pleasant as possible. To learn more about special needs dentistry and schedule an appointment, call us today at (602) 730-6481.