One of the things we love about working with kids is that everyone who steps into our office is unique. Some of them are as smart as a whip, some have a wonderful talent for making us laugh, and others are just too adorable to mention. Of course, some of them also face challenges that make it more difficult for them to sit through a dental appointment. Those challenges, however, don’t make oral healthcare any less important for these young little stars. That’s why we’re always willing and eager to accommodate all sorts of children, including those with special needs.
Dental care is vital for children of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, but it is even more so for kids who have certain cognitive, behavioral, or physical challenges. They may have certain habits or mannerisms that pose a threat to their oral health; children with some conditions are more likely to grind their teeth, chew on objects that aren’t food or find it difficult to get into a routine of regular brushing and flossing. Children with Down syndrome or other genetic disorders may have dental problems that include teeth that erupt late, congenitally missing teeth, or crowding and poor alignment.
Addressing these issues as early as possible will spare your child from pain down the road and may prevent serious dental problems, such as cavities and extra wear and tear on your child’s teeth. That’s why there’s no reason that any child, including those with special needs, should visit a dentist less often than once every six months.
The experienced team in our office is always willing to take the time to listen to you and get to learn about your child’s unique needs. Once we’re familiar with the ins and outs of your family’s situation, we’ll put together a strategy to make sure that your little one’s teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible.
Of course, we always prioritize making your child feel comfortable during their appointment; the last thing we want to do is traumatize them. One of the strategies we use to put kids at ease is sedation. The type of sedation that best for your child depends on their level of anxiety, the work they need to have done on their teeth, and the nature of any conditions that make it difficult for them to sit still during a dental appointment. We may suggest that one of the following is appropriate for your little one:
If you have questions about how we can work with your special needs child, please contact us. We’ll be happy to provide you with more details about how we care for kids from every walk of life.