If you’re the parent of a special needs child, you don’t need us to tell you that dental care, both at home and in the dental office, can be a challenge. Some children lack the ability to practice basic oral hygiene, while others are overwhelmed or scared by the sights and sounds of the dental office. Dr. Patrick is extremely passionate about helping these patients and their parents, which is why he and his team are happy to make any accommodations necessary so that absolutely every child can get the dental care and beautiful smile they deserve. If you have a special child at home, just give us a call, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure a stress-free and productive visit with special needs dentistry in Denver, CO.
One of the key things we do for special needs patients is give them our full attention. When you bring your child to see us, Dr. Patrick and our team won’t be running between different patients in addition to your child. Instead, we’ll be fully dedicated to making sure you’re both comfortable the entire time. In addition to providing a variety of treatments in-office, we can also help parents put together an effective oral hygiene plan at home so their child can minimize their risk for cavities and gum disease. When it comes to your child’s smile, you’re never alone—you can always rely on our dental office for a helping hand!
Many children are extremely sensitive to sights, sounds, and smells, so much so that our typical dental office environment would make them very uncomfortable. Dr. Patrick has partnered with organizations that specialize in creating sensory environments. He has also consulted with local Occupational Therapists to learn how best to adjust his care to work with your child's needs, making each dental visit a calm, positive experience for them as well as for you. We understand that some kids seek stimulation, while others with sensory issues want to avoid it. Before treating your child, Dr. Patrick will discuss a list of options to choose from to help a child be more successful. We take these types of concerns very seriously, so if you have a sensitive child, don’t hesitate to let us know. We’ll adapt to them, not the other way around!
Incredible experience all around for my 6 and 10 year old kids. The team provides excellent and painless dental care while everything is catered to the wellbeing of children: the bright colors, the light, the language they use. The dentist and his team have gone through the Star Institute for Sensory Processing training which trains professionals to better serve children with sensory issues. They understand the language of children, including sensitive children - relax them through play, taking time with each patient. The gift at the end of the visit is also a winner. I completely recommend this office if you are looking for a pediatric dentist!
- Stephanie Cohn Rupp
If you have a child with special needs, here are a few tips to guarantee a successful dental visit: