Special Needs Dentistry
At North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry, our team is committed to providing the highest standard of care to children in Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding communities. We value the unique qualities of each child we treat and strive to ensure our young patients maintain their healthiest smiles. Our office is accessible, and we’re happy to make any needed accommodations to meet a child’s specific needs.
Special Health Care Needs – An Overview
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) defines special health care needs as “any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention, and/or use of specialized services or programs.” Whether your child’s needs are congenital, developmental, or resulting from disease or trauma, our North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry team is fully prepared and equipped to provide the needed dental care.
The Importance of Dental Care for Children With Special Needs
Children with special needs are often at a higher risk of developing problems with their dental health. Physical challenges may interfere with oral hygiene care, including brushing and flossing. Additionally, some genetic disorders may result in tooth eruption delays, misalignment, or crowding, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Other factors that may lead to oral health concerns in children with special needs include habitual teeth grinding, connective tissue disorders, immunocompromised systems, and medications containing sugars.
Routine dental cleanings are essential to lower the risk of dental problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. Comprehensive dental exams are also necessary because they help us identify signs of dental decay or infection in their early stages when they’re easiest to treat. That helps prevent the need for extensive dental treatments down the road.
Finding a Sensory-Friendly Pediatric Dentist
Finding a dentist with ample training and expertise in dealing with unique challenges will ensure your child gets the best possible care. At North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry, our team members are experienced, compassionate, and committed to meeting the unique needs of our patients. If your child requires any specific accommodations, let us know ahead of time. We want every dental visit to be as comfortable and positive as possible.
We recognize that children with special needs are often highly anxious about receiving the dental care they need and may find it challenging to sit still during treatment. We are proud to offer a range of sedation dentistry options, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and in-office general anesthesia to help your child relax in the dentist’s chair. From routine exams and teeth cleanings to dental sealants, crowns, and emergency dentistry, we’ll do everything we can to provide exceptional care while ensuring your child is comfortable and free of stress.
Visit North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about our special needs dentistry services. Our team is dedicated to providing a dental practice where you and your child feel comfortable and at ease. With our extensive training, experience, and expertise, you can count on the highest level of care and service.
Special Needs Dentistry Near Me in Phoenix, AZ
If you’re searching for gentle and compassionate special needs dental care, North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry is the place to be. We invite you to contact our office at 602-864-1080 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!