Special Needs Dental Care
Kids Plus Pediatric Dentistry dentists, Dr. Denise Fisher, Dr. Allison McMahon, Dr. Rachel Williams, Dr. Fatima Pimentel are all trained and experienced in providing dental care for young patients with special needs. Below are common questions regarding special needs dental care. Should you have other questions concerning special needs dental care for your child or would like to set up an appointment at our Chicago or Hoffman Estates offices, please contact us.
Q: Are pediatric dentists prepared to care for special children?
A: Absolutely. Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Their 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 their expertise, are often the clinicians of choice for the dental care of adults with special needs as well.
Q: Will my child need special care during dental treatment?
A: Some children need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable during dental treatment. Restraint or mild sedation may benefit your special child. If a child needs extensive treatment, the pediatric dentist may provide care at a local hospital. Your pediatric dentist has a comprehensive education in behavior management, sedation and anesthesia techniques. He or she will select a technique based on the specific health needs of your child, then discuss the benefits, limits, and risks of that technique with you.
Q: 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 medications or diets 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.
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