EXCEPTIONAL DENTAL CARE FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS
Special needs dentistry is a branch of dentistry that centers on ensuring quality dental care for patients with disabilities and special needs. Patients in this category may have a hard time undergoing regular dental procedures. That’s because typical dental office environments are sometimes not designed to accommodate their disabilities. Special needs dentistry employs technologies and techniques that allow seamless dental treatments for such patients.
The first step in special needs dentistry is a comprehensive assessment of your child with special needs. This assessment will examine the child’s medical history, physical limitations, cognitive abilities, and general communication skills. It’ll also look into any sensory conditions your child may have.
Dentists will adopt alternative communication techniques when necessary. Examples of these techniques include visual aids, sign language, and simplified language to communicate effectively with your child. The dentist will also use behavior management techniques to prevent any behavior that may disrupt the treatment.
The dentist will provide instructions for preserving your child’s dental health. These instructions will include guidance on how to maintain proper oral hygiene, what you should feed them, and how to check for early signs of dental complications. The dentist in charge might also schedule follow-up appointments in the future.
Handling special needs children forms an integral part of pediatric dental training. All pediatric dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of Horizon West are trained and equipped to meet the needs of children with disabilities, regardless of the child’s needs. They’re also trained to keep the child calm and comfortable during the dental procedure.
Fidgeting and restlessness are common for kids with disabilities during dental procedures. If so, the dentist will use various sedation techniques to calm your child. These techniques are safe and ensure an effortless procedure for the best results.