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Special Needs Dentistry Specialist

Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentist located in Yorktown Heights, NY

Special needs dentistry provides comprehensive oral health care for children who are specially-abled. At Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry, Staci Brunell, DMD, and the team have years of experience in special needs dentistry and develop custom care plans for children and teens. To schedule an appointment for your child at the office in Yorktown Heights, New York, call or click the online booking tool today.

Special Needs Dentistry Q & A

What is special needs dentistry?

Special needs dentistry involves diagnosing, treating, and preventing oral health problems in children and teens with physical or learning disabilities. It uses special tools, sedation, and a customized approach to treatment, to ensure each individual receives the special care needed to achieve good oral hygiene. 

At Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry, the team boasts extensive experience in special needs dentistry. Their knowledge and expertise allow for beautiful smiles and positive treatment outcomes.

How do I prepare for a  special needs dentistry appointment?

Before scheduling a special needs dentistry appointment, the team at Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry calls you at home to understand your child’s unique needs.

During this conversation, let them know about your child’s medical history, the prescription medications and supplements your child regularly takes, and if your child experiences dental anxiety. The team uses this information to determine to develop a treatment plan that aligns with your child’s needs. 

At the end of the conversation, the team schedules an appointment at a time that’s most convenient for your schedule. 

What services does special needs dentistry provide?

At Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry, the team provides a variety of special needs dentistry services,  including:

  • Oral exams
  • Oral X-rays
  • Professional teeth cleaning
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Sealants
  • Treatment of gum disease
  • Extractions
  • Dental restorations
  • Orthodontic treatment

Your child can also receive emergency dentistry if they chip, crack, or otherwise damage a tooth.

What does special needs dentistry involve?

No two special needs dentistry appointments are exactly alike. The team at Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry tailors treatment to your child’s individual needs. 

If your child experiences dental anxiety, has a sensitive gag reflex, or can’t sit still for long periods, the team might recommend sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, can help your child relax during treatment. It’s safe, FDA-approved, and presents no serious side-effects. 

How often should I schedule special needs dentistry?

At Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry, the team recommends that specially-abled children visit the office at least twice a year for a comprehensive oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. If your child has a history of cavities, gum disease, or other oral health problems, more frequent visits may be necessary.

Following an in-office consultation and a discussion of your child’s needs, the team can establish a routine care schedule.

To request a special needs dentistry appointment for your child, contact the team at Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry. Call the office or click the online booking tool today.