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Special Needs Dentistry for Kids

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Many kids with special needs require frequent medical attention and expensive equipment to live comfortably. When these requirements take precedence, parents may understandably forget about their children’s dental health. Regular dental care is especially important for children with special needs. 

We know that different physical, developmental, or behavioral conditions like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or others can make a dental check-up challenging. That’s why our office is fully equipped for special needs dentistry with compassionate staff and gentle sedation techniques to help your child relax.

Dental Health in Children With Special Needs

Kids with special needs often have a higher risk of developing dental problems.

Children with physical, intellectual, and learning disabilities may find it difficult to learn proper dental hygiene practices, or they may become more anxious during dental visits. Certain disorders like Down syndrome can delay tooth eruption and lead to poor alignment. Children with some conditions like cerebral palsy and ADHD may grind their teeth and wear down their enamel. Many of these kids have to take medication that can decay teeth due to their high sugar content or cause dry mouth. 

We understand these challenges. As an experienced special needs dentist’s office, we are committed to providing proper dental services for all children.

Why Choose Children’s Dentistry in Lolo

At Lolo Children’s Dentistry, we strive to make every visit a safe, positive experience. Our head dentist, Dr. Delisle, has extensive experience as a special needs dentist for children and has treated thousands of young patients who required sedation or extra care. Your child’s comfort is our priority, and we reflect that in our office filled with toys and games that make them feel at home.

Special Needs Dentistry Techniques

Many children with special needs have trouble sitting still, feel especially anxious, or experience heightened sensory sensitivity while in the dentist’s chair. Our hygienists and doctors are trained in easing kids’ nerves, winning their trust, and—when necessary—using sedation ranging from light numbing to general anesthesia.

We offer both preventative dental services like fluoride treatments, cleanings, and X-rays, and restorative dental care services like repairing cavities and damaged teeth.

Each child is an individual, and we make no assumptions. If you have specific concerns or requests, please contact us prior to your appointment.

A Clinic for All Your Kids’ Dental Needs

No matter what special circumstances your children have, you can trust us to take care of their teeth from infancy through adolescence. Our special needs dentists are experts at performing different procedures, and people from all over Western Montana bring their kids to us to receive the best services. We offer flexible appointment scheduling and accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid. Call our office and schedule an appointment to give your kids the special smiles they deserve.