At Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we strongly believe that all children deserve lifelong, quality dental care that helps them smile bright, regardless of any mental or physical capabilities. If your special son or daughter has behavioral impairments, developmental disorders, sensory issues, autism, or other similar characteristics, you can rest assured that theyíll be well taken care of at our Dallas area practices. Both of our pediatric dentists have undergone years of additional specialty training after dental school, and this education includes special needs care. Please donít hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if youíre ready to set up the first appointment for your loved one.
The parents of special needs children are often juggling so many priorities that dental health can be forgotten here and there. However, itís important to remember that patients with many of these conditions are actually more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems over time. There are several reasons for this, such as the use of medication that has negative side effects for teeth or physical difficulties with brushing and flossing effectively.
First, regular preventive care is a huge benefit for all children! We can teach parents how to effectively carry out home care, provide regular cleanings, and also recommend beneficial services such as dental sealants and professional fluoride treatment.
If your child is in need of restorative services, our doctors are excellent at helping them receive it in a gentle and caring manner. If restraint or sedation (see below) becomes necessary, we can provide this without worry. And of course, we will discuss the benefits of any treatment, the limits, and the potential risks in comprehensive detail with parents before further steps are taken. We look forward to welcoming your special son or daughter as the newest member of our oral healthcare family!
When caring for special needs patients, sedation dentistry is an excellent technique for helping them feel comfortable and calm as we provide necessary treatment. Nitrous oxide is a mild option that will allow your child to remain conscious while also achieving a relaxed state. Alternatively, general anesthesia can render them unconscious for lengthy procedures in order to ensure their safety throughout the process.