Why do you bring your child to see a paediatric dentist?
Paediatric dentists have few years specialty training following dental school and limit their practice to treat children only. Paediatric dentists are specialising in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special needs.
Children patients do not only have different dentitions than adults but they may have specific dental and behavioural needs that are unique to children. These needs may include orthodontics, preventive care with fissure sealants and fluoride applications, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treatment existing dental problems, our practice focuses on prevention through patient and parent education, so that future dental problems could be avoided.
Children with special needs
We are here to support special need children’s physical, mental and emotional needs while providing them the best possible dental are. Your child will enjoy our friendly and comfortable environment.
If your child has a physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioural, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, we can come up with a specific treatment plan to meet their individual needs. Some special need patients are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Others require medication or diet detrimental to dental health. As for other patients, dental problems for special need children can be prevented by early dental visit.
Special need children will benefit from the preventive approach as recommended for all patients - effective brushing and flossing, healthy diet, adequate fluoride. Regular professional cleanings, fluoride and sealant treatments are also very beneficial. Parents and caregivers are educated to provide individualized preventive oral health practices to reduce risk of oral disease in special need children.
Special need children require special care during dental treatment. Some patients need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable during dental treatment. Mild sedation may benefit special patient. If extensive treatment is required, care will be provided under general anaesthetic at hospital.
Our paediatric dentists are specifically trained to diagnose dental problems and treat special need children in our practice. Our surgery is designed to be physically accessible for special patients. Our practice will give special need children the attention and gentleness they require for a positive dental experience.