Pediatric Care and Dentistry for All
All children require and deserve appropriate dental care and help. For some, it’s not always easy especially if that child has special needs such as autism, or any other developmental issue.
During dental school, pediatric dentists are given special training, including how to care for the children.
Many special needs patients have a particular set of needs that involve listening, communicating, understanding and comprehending what they need and want. Training for these particular hissues and situations goes beyond a degree.
There are various programs that make sure to educate dentists on the latest techniques and therapies so the absolute best care can be provided for all children.
Many dental offices now take extra steps to be sure their patients know what to expect. Learn more about our Pediatric Care here.
Parents with special needs children need to know what kind of sounds they are hearing, how bright the office is, how many people they’ll be seeing and who exactly will be in the office with them. It also might be a good idea for parents to show their children the dentistry website so they can see photos and who their dentists will be.
Many children will be scared, uncomfortable and anxious so dental offices should be mindful of their patient’s emotions and cater services to those needs.
The Pediatric Care Journey
A child’s dental journey begins even before the first tooth has developed. Pediatric dentistry is important for ensuring the child’s teeth develop normally, and to teach children about proper oral hygiene at a young age so they know how to take care of their teeth on their own. At Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental in San Antonio, we strive to provide a comfortable and safe environment for children so they feel comfortable continuing their dental journey into adulthood. Our dentists make sure to provide the upmost care for all children, and they continue to develop their skills, techniques and treatments. We strive to provide the best care for all and we want to ensure your child leaves with a smile on his or her face. You can set up an appointment by calling by phone or filling out our appointment form.
The guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that every child should see a dentist by age one. If you are struggling to find a pediatric dentist comfortable caring for a child with special needs, the AAPD suggests speaking with other parents, therapists, and checking with a local university or hospital that provides dental services.
The AAPD also has an online resource to find a pediatric dentist at mychildrensteeth.org.