If you are the parent of a child with special needs, then you understand how difficult it can be to have the child cooperate in unfamiliar situations (such as visiting the dentist). There are many rewarding moments in raising a child with special needs, and working with experienced dental care providers is a great way to help you avoid the stress of a routine dental checkup. You will find that an appointment with a pediatric dentist in San Diego is often more pleasant than visiting a standard dentist in the area.
1. Fun Environment
Like all other children, special needs children love to have fun! When they walk into the dentist’s office and see games, toys, and movies, then they are more likely to be excited about visiting the office. At Children’s Dentistry of San Diego, we have worked hard to make sure that our office has a fun and inviting environment, and children love all of the options that are available when they visit.
In addition to the games and toys, we also take proactive steps to prevent any situation that might cause the child to experience undue stress. For example, walking into a dental exam room can be an overwhelming experience if the child sees a lot of unfamiliar dental equipment around the room. Instead of leaving the equipment out in the open, we keep much of the equipment hidden out of sight, which reduces the chances that the child will be overwhelmed by the dental tools.
2. Understanding Staff
Positive reinforcement and a lot of patience are both needed when working with young children, as well as children with special needs. The staff at Children’s Dentistry of San Diego has all been trained on the specific techniques that should be used in order to make the child’s experience more positive and fun.
For example, instead of using dental terms, the staff will refer to the tools and treatments with fun analogies and games. The dental assistants will talk about spraying their mouth with the “water gun” and sucking up the water with “Mr. Thirsty.” These types of conversations make the experience more fun for children with special needs, because they can relate to the things that are being discussed.
3. Sedation Options
If major dental work is needed, then you might talk with your pediatric dentist in San Diego about the sedation options that are available. Special needs children often have a hard time sitting still for the dental procedure because they don’t understand what is happening. Moving during the dental treatment might result in injury to the child, which is why sedation may be considered.
Sedation isn’t always the right solution, but in many cases parents like to use sedation options because it allows the child to be more relaxed and less stressed about the appointment. Additionally, the dentist will be able to work more efficiently and accurately because the child will be holding completely still during the appointment.
Our office, Children’s Dentistry of San Diego, we are dedicated to help you care the dental needs of your child with special needs. Call today to schedule an appointment: (858) 536-1111