Special Needs Dentistry
Comfortable Dentistry for Children with Special Needs
At Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman is committed to providing our patients with comfortable dental care in all circumstances. Our Middletown pediatric dentist understands that exceptional children require a more sensitive approach and additional accommodations to ensure their immediate and long-term oral health is maintained.
Treating Children with Autism
Children with autism often experience difficulties with oral health due to discomfort in the dental environment and the special attention they require during care. Children who are autistic, as well as their caregivers and family members, encounter the following challenges to a healthy smile:
· Oral sensitivity making at-home and in-office hygiene difficult
· Parental fear that bringing children in for routine dental visits is causing them discomfort
· Development of habits such as heavy and consistent chewing and biting that wear on the teeth
· Sugary snacks used as rewards for positive behaviors
· Inability or lack of inclination to voice dental discomfort or other difficulties they experience
Trusted By Parents
Parents and caregivers can feel confident at our office, knowing that their child’s unique needs are addressed in a manner that enhances their comfort. Dr. Waldman and our team are highly qualified to provide preventive and restorative care for your child, creating positive experiences and good oral health. To enhance the quality of routine care provided to exceptional children, we encourage caregivers to ask any questions and to treat each appointment as a learning experience.
Providing Comfort through Understanding
Dr. Waldman and our team pace treatment at your child’s comfort level and help them understand what to expect. Before their initial appointment with our dentist, we encourage you to bring your child in for a no-pressure tour of our office, allowing them to become familiar with our child-friendly environment.
During first visits, we help patients experience dental care as a game, encouraging them to interact with us throughout their cleanings. These appointments are free of pressure and are focused on building trust between your child and ourselves, so they see visits to our office as something to look forward to.
Options for Sedation
While our practice primarily works to make your child comfortable with open communication and a caring approach, some children need additional assistance. For exceptional children who have trouble feeling comfortable in our practice, we provide options for sedation. Inhaled and oral conscious sedation allow patients to feel comfortable around our dentists and team. This option is also ideal for children who require more extensive care in a single appointment.
Contact Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry Today
Dr. Waldman and our team are committed to providing your child with quality dental care while accounting their unique needs and sensibilities. To schedule a no-pressure tour of our office with your child, or an initial exam and consultation, contact us today. We provide special needs dental care in Middletown and for the surrounding communities of Orange, Sullivan, Scotchtown, Mechanicstown, and Pike.