We Believe That...
"Each child is special and deserves to feel safe"
"Each child should be treated with compassion and respect"
"Dental health is fundamental to overall health and well-being"
"Parents are our allies in the care of their children"
These values are especially true in our care of children with special needs. We care for a variety of children possessing challenges such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism/PDD, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, hearing/vision impaired, sensory integration disorder and others. A child with any of these challenges presents with unique needs that must be met in order to give him or her the best opportunity for good dental health. If necessary, we often see special kids several times prior to their cleaning appointments, allowing them to gradually become acclimated to the office.
We make every attempt to schedule private appointments for them to ensure they feel as comfortable as possible. We incorporate techniques of Floortime® and relationship development to help our special patients feel safe and supported. We create a peaceful environment for all of our patients. Our office does not have the typical pediatric dental office “open bay” style. All our dental operatories are either semi-private or private, providing privacy and less sensory stimulation for the children.
We are sensitive to the fact that many children with special needs have sensitivities to artificial colors, gluten, and fluoride. Our polishing pastes are free of all of these ingredients.
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, we encourage you to seek dental care for your child early, as this is often vital to promoting good dental health and comfort in the dental office. For more information please call office for a complimentary consultation.