Services Offered By Special-Needs Dentists

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Whether you're an adult with special needs or the parent of a child with special needs, going to a dentist that caters to your situation can make taking care of your dental health easier. Here are a few of the extra services offered by special-needs dentists that can transform your dental care experience.


From sensory adjustments to unique dental differences, a patient with special needs could require many forms of personalization when it comes to their dental care. This includes dental care at the dental office and at home. A special-needs dentist with expertise in your specific situation can guide you to the best possible dental care for your circumstances. In some cases, this means you may need to brush with a soft cloth instead of a toothbrush. In other cases, it may mean that you need a different treatment and checkup schedule than most patients. Adjustments to your dental routine may take time and experimentation, and a special-needs dentist can guide you through each step on your path toward optimal dental health.

Physical Restraints

Everyone needs dental care, even those who struggle with many aspects of being in a dental clinic. For patients who can't sit still or those who feel comforted by tight sensations, physical restraints can be extremely helpful. They can allow the dentist to perform essential services that mean the difference between uncontrolled dental pain and good dental health. Although they may seem like an unnecessary tool to an outsider, when they are used correctly, physical restraints are painless, effective, and kind to patients who would otherwise be unable to sit through dental procedures. 

Chemical Restraints

An alternative to physical restraints, chemical restraints (or anesthesia) are used to sedate patients who can't handle experiencing dental treatments. Many adults with severe anxiety or sensory stimulation difficulties choose to be anesthetized before having dental work done to ensure they can handle the procedure. It's important to note, however, that the chemicals used to sedate patients can conflict with some medications. Make sure your dentist is fully aware of all of your medications and that your doctor is fully on board with this dental care option. By ensuring you communicate fully with all of your care practitioners, you can ensure full safety with any changes to your treatment plan, including chemical restraints at the dental clinic.

To learn more about the services offered by special-needs dentists, reach out to a dental clinic in your area that caters to patients with special needs.


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