Special Needs Pediatric Dentist in Surprise, AZ

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Many children feel uneasy during a dental exam or treatment, even more so for a child who needs a Special Needs Pediatric Dentist. 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

A Special Needs Pediatric Dentist is trained the 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:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Downs syndrome
  • ADD
  • 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. 

Special Needs Dentistry, Applied

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.

Contact Us

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.

Dr. Rachael Maddox DMD is a pediatric dentist who loves helping her patients gain and maintain the health of their smiles. Dr. Maddox earned a Bachelor’s in Biology from Arizona State University, and completed her dental training at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. With a commitment to patient education and community engagement, Dr. Maddox went on to introduce oral health curriculum to elementary schools in Arizona and Mexico. She spent months partnering with Rotary clubs to plan and volunteer on service trips to remote areas with little to no access to dental care.

She brought her enthusiasm for preventive care, access to education, communication, and behavior guidance to Children’s Wisconsin where she pursued specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. Her passion for whole-person health care continued to grow while caring for children with special healthcare needs and serving families in the poorest zip codes in Milwaukee.

 After a few Midwest winters, Dr. Maddox is grateful to call Arizona home once again! In her free time, she and her husband Nick love spending time with their family, friends, and goofy dogs. On the weekends you can find them at the movie theater checking out the latest and greatest film, adventuring on a hike or seeking out new architectural finds around the city, or out and about looking for the best tacos in town.

 WHAT IS A DMD?
In the world of dentistry, the acronyms DDS and DMD often spark curiosity and confusion. What exactly is a DMD, and how does it differ from a DDS? Let's delve into the realm of dental education to demystify the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree.

The DMD degree stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine. It's one of the two primary degrees awarded to graduates of accredited dental programs in the United States, with the other being DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). Despite the different nomenclature, both degrees signify the same level of education and qualification in dentistry. The variance in titles primarily stems from historical and institutional differences among dental schools.

DMD programs encompass rigorous academic and clinical training, covering a wide array of dental specialties, including preventive, restorative, and surgical procedures. Students undergo comprehensive coursework and hands-on experience to develop expertise in oral health diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient care.

Upon completion of their DMD degree, dentists are equipped to address various oral health needs, ranging from routine dental check-ups to complex reconstructive surgeries. They play a crucial role in promoting oral hygiene and enhancing overall well-being.

In essence, the DMD degree represents a commitment to excellence in dental practice, embodying the dedication and proficiency required to ensure optimal oral health for patients. Whether it's restoring a smile or alleviating dental discomfort, DMD dentists serve as guardians of dental wellness, making a significant impact on individuals' lives.

She brought her enthusiasm for preventive care, access to education, communication, and behavior guidance to Children’s Wisconsin where she pursued specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. Her passion for whole-person health care continued to grow while caring for children with special healthcare needs and serving families in the poorest zip codes in Milwaukee.

If you would like to learn more abour Dr. Rachael Maddox DMD or make an appointment, please call our office at the number below, or fill out "make and appointment".

 

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