Balancing the requirements of special needs children can be very challenging for parents. It is easy for dental care to take a backseat to more pressing medical and developmental issues. However, special needs children are often twice as likely to have unmet dental needs. Our mission is to give all children quality care and an oral health plan, and we encourage parents to try not to avoid or delay seeing the dentist because of their child’s condition.
FOR MANY SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS, ORAL HEALTH IS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE
There are a variety of potential dental issues that may face children with special needs. Delays in tooth development, dental crowding, teeth grinding, dry mouth and oral aversions are a few of the things that can make oral health care difficult. We want to equip parents with strategies to best care for their child. Most importantly, we want to alleviate any pain or discomfort for patients as quickly as possible.
PEDIATRIC DENTISTS HAVE RECEIVED ADDITIONAL TRAINING IN SPECIAL NEEDS
Compared to a general or family dentist, pediatric dentists receive an additional 2 to 3 years of training and are solely focused on the needs of children. Dr Jones' training was done in a children’s hospital setting, focused largely on special needs patients and sedations. We understand that each child is unique and deserves a unique approach to care.
OUR OFFICE IS DESIGNED TO BE FUN FOR ALL CHILDREN
Visiting the dentist can be frightening to all kids, especially those with special needs. We’ve created a colorful space with TVs over every dental chair, tablets with games, dental puppets to educate kids and a big prize wall full of toys, to name a few. In addition, we cater to any sensitivities your child might have, such as headphones to muffle sounds, sunglasses for the bright lights and blankets to help them feel warm and cozy. Beyond that, it’s our people that really make the difference!