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Dental Options For Children with Special Needs

March 27, 2021 6:00 pm
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Choosing a pediatric dentist for a child with special needs can be a stressful experience for a parent. How do you know if they can handle any situation that may happen during a dental visit? How do you help them navigate the unfamiliar sights and sounds? Let’s review the dental options available for children with special needs.

Choose Dentists with Special Needs Training

Some pediatric dentists have training on how to work with children with special needs. Choosing a compassionate and experienced dental team can make a child’s dental visit easier. If you’re unsure if a dentist has experience, don’t hesitate to call them and ask if they work with children with special needs. You can even ask what techniques they use to keep a child comfortable.

Talk to Your Dentist Before Your Visit

Every child has a different personality, and we’re happy to work with you to ensure they have a great experience. Let us know beforehand about your child’s specific needs. We can tailor our treatment better if we know the kinds of things that can cause distress. Some children benefit from visiting the dental office before their appointment. This will help your child get accustomed to the office and our team. This is a great time to get to know each other and discuss any concerns you may have. It usually helps if they know what to expect during the dental treatment.

Consider Sedation Options

Sedation is often used to treat dental anxiety and help keep a person feeling calm during their dental appointment. If you feel like this would be beneficial for your child, talk to our team. Sedation is a safe treatment, and there are many sedation options to choose from at our office. The most common form is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. The patient still stays conscious, but they feel more relaxed. There are usually no side effects, and the patient feels normal again within a few minutes of stopping the treatment.

Pediatric Dentistry at Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces

High-quality dental care is critical for your child’s wellbeing. It’s well worth the effort to look for a dentist that can work with you and your child. Pediatric dentists are trained to treat children and handle their special needs. Safari Pediatric Dentistry’s doctors work on developing relationships that can last for years. If you want to learn more about our pediatric dentistry services, please give us a call.

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