Many parents of children with special needs feel intense anxiety about how their child will cope with dental treatment. This anxiety can cause them to feel reluctant to take their child to the dentist.
But, according to Dr. Stephanie Salanitri from Smilefocus, there are ways you can use to help make your child’s dental check-up as positive as possible.
Timing is Everything
Children with ADHD often manage their appointments best soon after taking their medication while their levels are still high. Diabetic children require specific sugar levels at the time of treatment to ensure they feel at their best. Some children just cope better at particular times of the day. For example, your child might cope better in the morning, as he or she may not be as tired then.
Familiarity Breeds Comfort
Familiarising a special needs child to his or her surroundings can help decrease anxiety levels significantly. Parents are welcome to bring their child in often, as it takes time to explore the Smilefocus clinic, meet the staff and tour the dental rooms before any treatment is attempted.
Check-ups don’t have to be administered in a dental chair. If the child is confined to a wheelchair, the check-up can be performed in the child’s own chair. If the child is too afraid to come into the procedure room, the check-up can be carried out in the waiting room or on the parent’s lap.
In short, special needs dentistry has advanced significantly in the last decade. Reaching out to a dentist with training in special needs dentistry for advice is the first step to giving your child a happy dental experience.
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From The Finder (Issue 291), March 2018
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