We’re passionate about building an inclusive pediatric dental home where all smiles are welcome. That’s why we get to know your kiddo, learn what makes them feel at ease, and tailor appointments to meet their unique needs — no matter their condition.
Every child is different. And if your little one has health problems that make their treatment difficult for any reason, a special needs dentist can help. Special needs dentists have experience with children and special needs patients of all types. We are able and skilled in treating and helping kids tolerate dental care. We treat kids with generalized anxiety, ASD (autism spectrum disorder), and other rare genetic syndromes. It is best to start with an exam and consultation to allow us to get to know your family.
48% of patients with special needs don’t get a yearly checkup, compared to 35% of the general population.
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Sitting in the dental chair isn’t always easy! That’s why our compassionate team offers behavior guidance counseling. With our gentle directions and upbeat approach, we’ll empower your child to face challenges, overcome obstacles, and gain confidence as they learn how to take charge of their oral health.
Going to the dentist is a significant experience, with new faces, sounds, and expectations. To help your child adjust, we offer desensitization appointments. Through a series of visits, the dentist will give your child a tour of our office, introduce our friendly team, and teach them about dental tools. This helps your kiddo get acclimated with our space so they can feel safe, secure, and cared for.
Rest assured that your child is receiving top-notch, specialized care with our Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist. To be recognized by The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, doctors must undergo extensive training in the pediatric field in addition to their standard dental degrees.
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If fear is keeping you or your little one from scheduling an appointment, nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective way to calm children safely so they can tolerate treatment while they remain awake! Laughing gas can help them relax during their visit and then resume daily activities with a smile.
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Your child’s pediatric dentist in Valencia can do things like adjust office lighting and sound for patients with sensory issues, use special equipment to treat patients, and provide additional staff to ensure that special needs patients get the personalized care they need.
Special needs dentists know how to treat patients with a wide variety of physical, mental, and developmental impairments. Your child’s dentist will know how to keep them safe and comfortable as they get the dental care they need.
A wide variety of sedation options are available, which allow their patients to rest, relax, and even sleep soundly through their appointment. Sedation is a very useful tool for patients who may otherwise have trouble being treated in a traditional dental environment. We also have an anesthesiologist who visits our office monthly to provide sedation services for our kiddos who require it.
The first step toward better oral health is a comprehensive oral exam and teeth cleaning. This gives our team the opportunity to learn more about your child’s health, identify potential oral health issues, and understand the next steps for a healthier mouth.
After their consultation, your child’s dentist will discuss their oral health with you. They will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, including both any necessary in-office care and recommendations for at-home oral hygiene.
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Sometimes children with physical, emotional, behavioral, intellectual or communication disabilities find it difficult to properly brush their own teeth. They may not possess the fine motor skills needed, and will need your help to maintain good oral health. Here are a few tips to help you brush your child’s teeth:
Several kid-friendly, liquid medicines contain a syrup base with added sugar so children will actually take the medication and benefit from its effects. However, these sugars can cause cavities if they’re not properly rinsed or brushed away after use.
Even inhaler use can change the biology of the mouth, making teeth more prone to cavities. Other medications can cause a reduction in saliva, or dry mouth. And since saliva helps clear away food particles, sugars and bacteria from the mouth, dry mouth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, or infection. It’s important that you share a list of medications your child uses, so our team can provide oral care recommendations that work around your child’s medical needs.
The most common indicators that your child may have a special health care need include:
Teeth grinding or bruxism: Although many children grind their teeth and often grow out of the habit, the condition can be caused by stress and anxiety. It’s important to treat the underlying issue to stop bruxism and protect your child’s teeth.
Food pouching: Food or sensory sensitivities can cause children to hold food in their mouths for longer than they should. This feeds bacteria, which makes them more likely to cause cavities.
Bad breath: Certain conditions such as digestive diseases, diabetes, or chronic sinusitis can cause bad breath. Ask your dentist ways to eliminate this for your child.
Conditions that may affect your child’s dental care include:
When you call to inquire about an appointment, let our team know your child’s condition and needs, and we’ll work together to determine if our practice is the right fit for your family.
Your child’s oral health may be affected by therapies or medications that have been used to treat their condition. The condition itself may also affect how the teeth and oral structures grow, how much calcium is in the body (affecting tooth enamel), how much saliva your child produces (saliva helps clear away food particles), and your child’s diet.
Nutrition plays a critical role, not only in the health of our bodies, but in the health of our teeth. Even your child’s ability to chew solid foods will affect their dental health, as the activity of chewing creates stimulates saliva production and helps to clear away food and debris.