The broad definition of special needs can refer to anyone with a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition. The term can also apply specifically to patients who need additional health or dental care beyond the recommended regular check-ups and exams.
Children with special needs can be especially fearful of the dentist, particularly if their dental health is affected by another condition or disease. For instance, if a physical disability makes it hard for your child to brush their teeth on their own, their oral hygiene might suffer as a result. This can lead to long, uncomfortable dental cleaning appointments that only make them feel more anxious with every new check-up.
At Smile Cove Pediatric Dental, our pediatric dentist is trained to care for children with special needs and provide them with the best possible experience. We know that each child is unique, and we’ll do everything we can to help your child feel safe and relaxed when they’re in our care.
For parents of children with special needs, you can try some of these strategies to ease anxiety and help your next dental appointment go smoothly:
- Show photos of the dental office and the dentist themselves to your child before your visit.
- Let them know you’ll be in the room with them the entire time.
- Know what flavors of toothpaste they like so the dental cleaning procedure won’t be unpleasant.
- Play as a pretend “dentist” at home so your child knows what to expect during their appointment.
- Bring a pair of sunglasses if your child has sensory sensitivities to bright overhead lights.
- Let your child bring their favorite stuffed animal or other toy to comfort them throughout the visit.
We know how important it is to find a pediatric dentist who both you and your child will like. If you’re looking for a dentist to take care of your child’s dental needs, don’t hesitate to contact us today!