Special Needs Dentistry

We are committed to providing the best dental care for all children regardless of their developmental or other special health care needs. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines persons with special health care needs as individuals who have a physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, healthcare intervention, and/or use of specialized services or programs.

We are specially trained to diagnose and treat dental problems in patients with special needs with the utmost care. Our reward is forming life-long friendships with them and their caregivers.

We also offer familiarization visits for children to make them comfortable in our office. Please let us know if your child will benefit from treatment in a quiet room.

By establishing our office as their dental home, our special needs patients learn preventive oral health practices which significantly reduce their risk of preventable dental/oral disease.

Commonly Asked Questions

Do special children have special dental needs?

Most do. Some special children are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, or oral trauma. Others require medication or diet detrimental to dental health. Still other children have physical difficulty with effective dental habits at home. The good news is, dental disease is preventable. If dental care is started early and followed conscientiously, every child can enjoy a healthy smile.

How can I prevent dental problems for my special child?

A first dental visit by the first birthday will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health. Our office will take a full medical history, gently examine your child's teeth and gums, then plan preventive care designed for your child's needs.

Will preventive dentistry benefit my child?

Yes! Your child will benefit from the preventive approach recommended for all children: effective brushing and flossing, moderate snacking, and adequate fluoride. Home care takes just minutes a day and prevents needless dental problems. Regular professional cleanings and fluoride treatments are also very beneficial. Sealants can prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars where four out of five cavities occur.

Are pediatric dentists prepared to care for special children?

Absolutely. Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Our education as specialists focuses on care for children with special needs. In addition, pediatric dental offices are designed to be physically accessible for special patients. Pediatric dentists, because of our expertise, are often the clinicians of choice for the dental care of adults with special needs as well.

Will my child need special care during dental treatment?

Some children need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable during dental treatment. Protective stabilization or sedation may benefit your special child. Dr. Angela has a comprehensive education in behavior management, sedation and anesthesia techniques. We will select a technique based on the specific health needs of your child, and then discuss the benefits, limits, and risks of that technique with you.