Special Needs Dentistry in Austin, TX

Premium Dental Care for Special Kids

Providing children with comprehensive dental care comfortably and efficiently is an important aspect of pediatric dentistry. It is an especially important part of special needs dentistry as treating special needs children can present unique challenges, requiring awareness, attention, and accommodation. At Sherwood Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Sherwood and his team are specialized in providing compassionate, quality care to special needs children. If you have a special needs child and you’re looking for a special needs dentist in Austin, TX, talk to us about your goals by giving us a call so we can work together to help your child achieve the best dental care possible.

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What is special needs dentistry?

Special needs dentistry is a dental approach focusing on providing oral healthcare to individuals with physical, developmental, cognitive, or sensory impairments. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes the unique qualities of each individual and recommends certain actions be implemented to ensure the best experience for those with special needs. Special needs dentistry may include adapting treatments and techniques and promoting an inclusive environment in dentistry.

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Are pediatric dentists trained in special needs dentistry?

Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Part of their training includes caring for children with special needs. Specialized training allows special needs children to have a positive experience receiving dental care. As the parent of a child with cerebral palsy, Dr. Sherwood has a unique perspective in this area and can help provide your child with the best care possible!

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How can I prepare my child for their appointment?

Every child is different. At Sherwood Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to create an inclusive pediatric dental home where all smiles feel welcomed. Preparing your child for their dental appointment may include discussing the visit in a positive light to make them feel excited, reading a dentist theme book, or visiting the dental office to help them become familiar with the environment. Other options may include sedation or anesthesia techniques.

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