Frequently Asked Questions
Going to the dentist can be scary for any child, but children with special needs typically have greater anxiety. Dr. Kozik's advanced training includes specialized behavior management and sedation techniques. Below are common questions regarding special needs dental care. Should you have other questions, please contact our office.
Q. Do special needs children have special dental needs?
A. Most do. Some special needs children are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, or oral trauma. Others require medications or diets that are detrimental to dental health. Still other children have physical difficulty with effective dental habits at home. The good news is that dental disease is preventable. If dental care is started early and followed conscientiously, every child can enjoy a healthy smile.
Q. Are pediatric dentists prepared to care for special needs children?
A. Absolutely. Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Their education as specialists focuses on care for children with special needs. In addition, pediatric dental offices are designed to be physically accessible for special patients. Pediatric dentists, because of their expertise, are often also the clinicians of choice for the dental care of adults with special needs.
Q. Will my child need special care during dental treatment?
A. Some children need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable during dental treatment. Restraint or mild sedation may benefit your special needs child. If a child needs extensive treatment, the pediatric dentist may provide care at a local hospital. Your pediatric dentist has a comprehensive education in behavior management, sedation, and anesthesia techniques. He or she will select a technique based on the specific health needs of your child. Then, the dentist will discuss the benefits, limits, and risks of that technique with you.