Gentle and Accommodating Special Needs Dentistry

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What is Special Needs Dentistry?

Approximately one in every five people lives with a cognitive, mental, physical, or developmental disability. Special needs dentistry aims to handle the distinctive concerns of these patients to help them get the dental treatments they need. This could involve helping a patient with a physical impairment learn how to brush his or her teeth more effectively or modifying a dental treatment to keep a patient with a developmental condition more comfortable. Dr. Patel and our team work to ensure that those with special needs can undergo the same cleanings, examinations, and procedures as all of our other patients. Typically, special needs dentistry focuses on easing patients’ dental anxiety, making their procedures go more smoothly, and helping them learn better hygiene habits to prevent future oral health issues. Since we offer both pediatric and geriatric dentistry, we can also assist children and older patients who have special needs. 

Compassionate Care

Dr. Patel, our hygienists, and the rest of our team understand that a dentist’s office can be a frightening or confusing place for special needs patients, so we are exceptionally gentle during treatment. We will communicate with your loved ones about their concerns and ensure that they remain at ease. Dr. Patel and our team will also stop any treatment or examination if they become uncomfortable. This allows us to assess for periodontal or dental conditions so that we can treat them before they worsen and require more comprehensive procedures. We can also use sedation dentistry to keep special needs patients relaxed and calm during procedures. Dr. Patel and our staff offer oral conscious, intravenous, and nitrous oxide sedation to suit each patient’s individual needs and preferences.

Accessibility 

We have made our Honolulu offices fully accessible for patients with physical special needs. You can feel confident that your loved one will be able to navigate our practices. 

Receive the Treatment You and Your Loved Ones Need

Since dental health often reflects on and impacts overall well-being, it is important for everyone to get the care they need, including special needs patients. To learn more about special needs dentistry or schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, contact our office today. We would be happy to answer your questions about our services and available accommodations.