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Planning a Dental vistit for my child with special needs

February 13, 2024

Planning a Dental Visit for My Child with Special Needs

At Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing children in Phoenix and the surrounding communities with the highest quality dental care. We are especially proud to offer quality special needs dental services and are always ready to make accommodations to ensure your little one feels comfortable and safe during treatment. We are here for you and your child every step of the way!

Common Dental Concerns of Children with Special Needs

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children with special healthcare needs have physical, developmental, sensory, behavioral, mental, or emotional concerns that require intervention, medical management, or specialized services. 

Children with special healthcare needs are often at an elevated risk of oral health problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma. They may also suffer from poor dental health because of difficulty brushing or flossing effectively or because of certain medications or dietary restrictions. That is why it is important to keep up with routine dental exams and cleanings. 

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentistry Practice for Special Needs Dental Care?

Pediatric dentists go through extensive training beyond dental school. One of the focuses of their specialized education is caring for children with special needs. At Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we are fully prepared and equipped to provide dental care services for children with special smiles and work tirelessly to ensure their time with us is positive and free of stress. 

At Jet Set Smile Pediatric Dentistry, we work closely with you to ensure your child’s time with us is as comfortable as possible. We are happy to make any needed accommodations and offer sedation dentistry options to help your child feel relaxed during treatment. Whatever your child’s needs are, our dedicated team will do everything we can to provide your child with the best possible experience. 

Planning Your Child’s Dental Visit

Here are some tips for preparing for your child’s dental to help set the stage for a positive dental visit:

  • Pay us a visit: It is often helpful to stop by for a brief visit ahead of time to get your child familiar with our warm staff and comfortable space.  
  • Let us know about accommodations: Let us know if your child needs any accommodations or if there is anything we need to know to help us provide the best possible experience. 
  • Stay positive: Your child will pick up on any fear or negative emotions, so it is important to stay positive and upbeat before and during your appointment. 
  • Play pretend: Children love role play, so you may want to take turns playing “dentist” and caring for a favorite doll, superhero, or stuffed animal’s teeth. 
  • Read books: There are numerous books about visiting the dentist available online or at your local bookstore – snuggle with your little one with a good book to build excitement about the upcoming appointment.
  • Talk to your child: Talk to your child about the upcoming visit and what to expect – make sure you portray the dentist as a warm and happy person who will take good care of those pearly whites. 

Special Needs Care Near Me in Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Patel and our compassionate team at Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry welcome you and your family to our practice. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your child’s time with us as happy and positive as possible. We invite you to call us at 480-284-5076 to schedule your appointment today.