Visits to the pediatric dentist can be stressful for anyone, but for patients with special needs – and their parents – these necessary appointments can be especially anxiety-inducing. Caring for special needs is a skill that we at FUNtastic Dental are proud of. Patients with special needs are those who, due to physical, medical, developmental, or cognitive conditions, require special consideration when receiving dental treatment. We see many patients with all backgrounds of special needs including those on the autism spectrum.
Upon scheduling the child’s first or routine dental appointment, both the parent and a member of our team will discuss primary oral health needs, and appropriateness of the particular chief complaint that is addressed. When meeting with the pediatric dentist and dental team assistant, the length of time for the appointment is determined for present and future visits to accommodate the child. Familiarity with the child’s medical history is vital to reducing the risk of provoking a medical condition, and to also provide an appropriate individualized treatment plan while rendering dental care.
Familiarizing Your Child to Reduce Fear
FUNtastic Dental has been named by other parents as a “Dental Theme-Park” capturing a Disneyland environment and friendly atmosphere. Come in for a free tour prior to scheduling to allow your child to meet the team, play video games, familiarize them with the layout of the office, and see the dental equipment that will be used during their visit.
Your child may feel a tremendous amount of anxiety about their new dental experience. However, you can rest assured that our team will adjust to the pace at which you and your child want to be. We are also conscious of your child’s reaction to the work we are doing. We use the ‘Show-and-Tell’ technique to make sure your child knows what will be taking place during the visit every step of the way.
Amenities for Patients with Sensory Issues
As many children with special needs may have sensory issues, we take into consideration during the history intake to accommodate and address the child’s unique needs to make their dental experience effortless. We have a special “Comfort Menu” which includes sound proof headphones, FUNtastic sunglasses, and soothing weighted blankets to help with any type of sensory concern.
Here at FUNtastic Dental, we offer high-tech technologies such as The Magic Wand, which is a nearly pain-free injection. You child can relax with Nitrous-Oxide (laughing gas) which will raise pain tolerance and make getting dental treatment anxiety-free and worry-free for you and them! For more extensive dental treatment, we also offer in-office general anesthesia (sleep dentistry) for children. Should a higher level of expertise be needed, we provide referrals to the finest specialists in our area.
From their very first dental visit and beyond, FUNtastic Dental is proud to offer pediatric dental care to the young special needs patients of Long Beach, CA. If you are looking for a special needs pediatric dentist, give us a call today. We can help.