At South Hill Children's Dentistry we work with families that have a wide range of needs. Many children (including patients diagnosed with high anxiety) benefit from a graduated introduction into dental visits and dental care, particularly if it is their first experience.
The Special Needs Child
Research has indicated that special needs often touch the oral cavity and your child's relationship with a knowledgeable dentist can walk you through feeding issues, changes in oral structures, and preparing both you and your child for development changes comes down the road.
Some children lack the ability to fully open their mouths due to jaw development and may have difficulty brushing and flossing regularly, leaving them at risk for developing cavities. Children with sensory challenges may be averse to the texture or sensation of toothpaste and a toothbrush, or may have a limited diet higher in sugar which can affect oral development.
Finding a dental team that listens, becomes a therapeutic partner, and has resources available to their families is key in establishing a life-long relationship toward the health of your child.
For our children with special needs or high anxiety, our office provides several methods of sleep dentistry to help ensure your child's oral health and development stay on the right track. Call our office to learn more about sedation dentistry for kids.