Being the parent or caregiver of someone with special needs is a full-time job. From attending therapies to researching medications, it can drain your time, emotions and energy. There are many special considerations that must be made when caring for someone with mental or physical disabilities, this includes dental care.
A traditional dental visit may not work for someone with special needs. In fact, it can be a real burden or stressful situation for a patient who is not seeing a special needs dentist. Choosing a qualified dentist for your child or loved one is an important step in providing comprehensive health services to someone with special needs.
If you are responsible for scheduling dental visits for a special needs person, here are a few things that you should look for in a dentist:
A Dentist Who is Patient
Children and adults with special needs may require shorter appointments or more time in the chair, as things are done more slowly. They don’t conform to a typical appointment timeframe. Special needs dentists know and understand this.
Someone Who Values Your Input
You know what tips and tricks work best for your loved one. A valuable special needs dentist will get your input regarding treatment planning, to make the process as gentle and relaxed as possible.
A Comfortable Environment
Is the practice wheelchair accessible? Is there plenty of privacy for your loved one? What about sedation? These are all questions you should ask when planning to schedule the first appointment.
Appointments That Fit Your Schedule
Most special needs patients do best seeing their doctors first thing in the morning. But maybe you have specialist’s appointments across town, and need a bit more flexibility. A great dental team will work with you to fit you in at a convenient time.
At Rivers + Tanner Family Dentistry, we welcome special needs patients of all ages (including adults.) Here, your family can feel welcome and respected, regardless of their type of needs. Please call our Mt. Pleasant dental team today and let us know how we can prepare for your visit!