Special Needs Children

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Dentistry for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Children of all ages with special health care needs absolutely require comprehensive preventative dental care. It is integral to their optimal health and well-being. We encourage you to bring them in early to establish a routine and make the environment less stressful for them when a dental need arises.

Our pediatric dental staff is educated, experienced and compassionate when it comes to the care of our special children with:

• Down Syndrome,
• Cerebral Palsy
• Autism
• Sensory integration
• And other mental and physical disabilities.

For children who have decay and cannot tolerate dental work in a traditional manner, we offer conscious sedation or IV sedation. Dr. Maggie is a pediatric dental specialist and understands your child may have complex needs. We are happy to discuss options and expectations prior to your first visit. We can even schedule a “walk through” so your child can visit the office, take pictures, ride in the dental chair, touch and listen to our spinning toothbrushes and look around before it is their turn!

Dentistry for Medically Compromised Children

Oral diseases can have a direct and devastating impact on the health of those with certain systemic health problems or conditions. Patients with compromised immunity (i.e. leukemia, malignancies, or autoimmune disorders) or cardiac conditions associated with endocarditis may be especially vulnerable to the effects of oral diseases. As board certified pediatric dentists in Palm Harbor, we are well trained in treating children who are medically compromised. We have experience and knowledge in childhood diseases and we are comfortable communicating with pediatric medical specialist.

Our goal is to understand your child’s condition and work with their physicians to achieve optimal overall health. We also understand that your child may be more anxious due to frequent medical appointments, so we will spend the time getting your child comfortable and confident with our ADA compliant office.

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