Caring For Patients With Special Needs

childEveryone needs oral health care but not everyone can sit for extended periods of time in a dentist’s chair, or take care of their oral health themselves in the best manner at home. Many dentists and their staff are trained and equipped to deal with a variety of personalities, health issues, and other issues. After all, they are highly trained professionals who pride themselves on being patient, kind, and understanding. If you are a parent of a child with special needs, or an adult with special needs, find a practitioner who can accommodate those needs.

Who Has Special Needs?

Patients with special needs have either sensory impairment, medical, physical, developmental, or cognitive conditions that require special consideration, or an orofacial disorder or condition. This can include people with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, spinal cord injuries, arthritis or stroke patients, and countless other conditions or injuries that may make it difficult for them to sit for long periods of time, perform suitable home dental hygiene, or provides a challenge to the dentist.

Discuss Your Options

For special needs patient’s dental procedures can seem daunting, and for the dentist and staff they can be a bit more tricky.  While caring for special needs patients requires gentle compassion and understanding most dentists can accommodate for special needs patients, and some focus particularly on patients with limitations. If you, or your child has special needs, talk with your dentist to discuss your options.


Treatment for people with limitations consists of regular checkup and cleanings, fillings, restorative care, and more.  Some children affected by an orofacial disorder may require medically specialized dental care.